Driving under the influence in Maryland has led to many car accidents and fatalities. Those who operate a vehicle while intoxicated put their lives and the lives of others in grave danger. Drivers who operate a vehicle while under the influence have slowed reflexes and are often distracted or simply unaware of their surroundings. A family who has suffered the unthinkable will hopefully find some peace as the driver of the vehicle that caused a car accident that took the lives of several family members goes to court.
On Oct. 10, 2014 the defendant was driving more than 70 mph when he hit a car that was stopped at a stop light. The impact sent the stopped vehicle into a utility pole. It was later determined that he also had a suspended license and was driving under the influence.
Prosecutors say the man has pleaded guilty to negligent manslaughter for the deaths of three adults and two children. One of the deceased adults was in the vehicle with the defendant. The now convicted man will be sentenced in May.
The devastation and heartbreak left by the sudden and preventable deaths of loved ones at the hands of a negligent driver is unimaginable. Children are left without mothers and fathers, and mothers and fathers are left without children. Maryland families who are left to cover medical and final expenses after losing a loved one in a car accident can seek recourse in civil court. With the aid of a knowledgeable attorney, monetary damages may be awarded to provide compensation to help cover some of these financial losses.
Source: NBC Washington, “Man Pleads Guilty to DUI Crash That Killed 3 Women, 2 Children“, March 27, 2017