Countless numbers of Americans are involved in car crashes every year. Of those countless accidents, thousands die. Although some car accidents are truly unavoidable, most crashes can be prevented, as they are caused by an individual’s careless acts. If an individual is fatally wounded in a car accident and his or her loved ones decide to file a legal claim, these claims are governed by the law of negligence. That is, motorists must exercise “reasonable care under the circumstances.” A failure to do so may be considered negligence.
A recent car accident occurred in Laurel, Prince George’s County. It occurred on a recent Sunday in January. Maryland State Police said the crash involved a single vehicle.
According to the police, one individual died and two other individuals suffered minor injuries. The crash was discovered around 3 a.m. that morning when police came across an overturned vehicle in a forest next to a highway’s onramp. The driver, a 45-year-old Laurel man, and another passenger were rushed to a regional hospital to be treated for minor injuries. The other passenger, a 44-year-old Laurel man, was discovered dead at the scene of the accident. The state police are still investigating the cause of the crash, but they said that a contributing factor may have been driver impairment.
After a fatal car accident, it is typical for the victim’s family and loved ones to have questions about what happened and what will happen next. Many choose to consult an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney who can answer most of these questions while helping the client to understand the options available. If a wrongful death claim is pursued, the lawyer will focus on preparing the strongest case possible while helping the client navigate the often challenging civil justice system.
Source: The Washington Post, “Man killed, two injured in single-car accident in Laurel“, Colby Itkowitz, Jan. 15, 2017