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Man drives wrong way down MD. expressway causes car accident

It is a scary moment for any parent to give a teenager the keys to the family vehicle. Teenagers are notorious for their inexperience and often distracted driving. And nothing is worse for a parent then a phone call early in the morning from a teenager that has been in a car accident.

Recently, a few Maryland families had to experience one of these frightening calls after an early morning car accident involving a van full of teenagers. But, none of the teenagers in the van were at fault for the accident, and most importantly, none of them were seriously injured.

On an early Sunday morning a Maryland tow truck owner under the influence of alcohol allegedly drove his Nissan Murano the wrong way down an expressway when his car slammed into a 2007 Ford Ecoline van. The driver was a 34-year-old Baltimore man that admitted at the scene that he had a few drinks that night. He was taken to a hospital and his blood was taken for purposes of a blood-alcohol content test. The driver of the van and the thirteen teenage passengers were also taken to the hospital and were treated for minor injuries. None were seriously injured.

In a car accident such as this, the owner may bring a claim for damages to the vehicle and personal injuries suffered. Figuring out who is at fault in a traffic accident is a matter of deciding who was negligent. A person who negligently operates a vehicle may be required to pay for any damages, either to a person or property, caused by his or her negligence.

The Maryland man in this case has been charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and unlawfully driving his vehicle in a direction other than the one designated on the roadway. The driver and passengers of the van may have a claim for damages.

Source: Queens Chronicle, "Maryland man arrested in wrong way car crash," March 28, 2013

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