Anticipating the day that one can drive to school or take a first drive alone can be exhilarating. Earning that badge of honor that comes in the form of a drivers license is a privilege that many young American teenagers can’t wait to earn. But with the license comes a tremendous amount of responsibility. Young Maryland drivers should understand the importance of good driving habits and the devastating effects a negligent driver can have for others out on the road.
Anne Arundel County police were called to the scene of an accident Tuesday, June 6. Around 3:44 p.m., a car driven by an 18-year-old female crossed the center lane and struck an oncoming van almost head on. The resulting accident ejected the young woman from her vehicle. She was pronounced dead by authorities at the scene. The driver of the van, a 57-year-old male, was transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.
The reported cause of the accident is believed to be excessive speed. Authorities are also pointing to the girl’s inability to stay right of center as contributing to the fatal accident. The crash is still being investigated.
Should a Maryland resident be injured in an auto accident that appears to have been the result of a negligent driver, victims and their families could seek compensation through a civil claim. Monies that may be awarded can help to cover any incurred medical costs and/or lost wages that result from the incident. A personal injury attorney can help evaluate the case and guide victims and their families through the legal proceedings. Should the party believed responsible perish as a result of the accident, the injured parties may still seek a claim against his or her estate.
Source: capitalgazette.com, “One dead in Lothian accident“, Rachael Pacella, June 6, 2017