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Recent Maryland auto accident shuts down Chesapeake Bay Bridge

Car accidents in Maryland may vary from the minor to the catastrophic and everything in-between. When a motorist is seriously injured in an auto accident and decides to pursue the filing of a legal claim, this claim is governed by the law of negligence. Motorists must exercise "reasonable care under the circumstances" but a failure to do so may be considered negligence in a court of law.

A multiple-car accident occurred in Anne Arundel County on a recent Friday night in late December, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said. The accident occurred on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and resulted in three individuals being injured. The bridge span was shut down temporarily.

Around 6 p.m., a vehicle driving on the westbound span attempted to change lanes but collided with another vehicle in a westbound lane in the process. The first vehicle veered into a separate lane that had been set up for the eastbound traffic before striking another vehicle, police said. After veering back into westbound traffic, the vehicle was involved in another crash. Two individuals were flown to the nearest shock trauma center, while a third individual was rushed to a local hospital.

When an auto accident results in serious injuries, such as these victims' injuries, the victims may be entitled to financial relief. A motorist who negligently operates a vehicle may be required to pay for documented damages that were a result of his or her negligence. The victim must prove that the party believed to be at fault was negligent in a way that either caused or contributed to the accident and resulted in the injuries specified. Victims typically begin this process by consulting an experienced Maryland attorney to assess the validity of his or her claim.

Source:, "Crash shuts down westbound Chesapeake Bay Bridge span", Rick Hutzell, Jan. 3, 2017

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