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Early-morning Md. crash results in one fatality, serious injuries

Just before 1 a.m. on August 25, an accident occurred in Talbot County, resulting in one fatality, at least three cases of serious injuries and two hours of closed roadways. According to Maryland State Police, the accident involved two vehicles, both drivers survived and one passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

Maryland State Police reported that the crash occurred when a 17-year-old driver "failed to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic while entering the highway," crossing paths with another car. The two passengers in that vehicle were seriously injured and were flown from the scene. The driver of the other vehicle was injured, but his passenger, his wife, was killed. At this time, charges are pending against the driver.

There are two key questions to ask in this accident: Is 1 a.m. the best time for an inexperienced driver with two passengers to be driving, and did anything impede the decision-making process of the driver when she did not yield the right of way? If the driver's judgment was impaired by drugs or alcohol, she will likely face an elevated charge or sentence. If not, the investigation of the circumstances of the crash will hopefully give more insight into how and why the accident occurred.

In any case, her own injuries, the injuries of the two passengers in her car, as well as the fatality from the other car are results of irresponsible driving. It is important to always be vigilant on the road and drive defensively, but sometimes this is not enough.

Injuries sustained in a car accident can result in long-term medical care, and cause symptoms for long periods of time to come. In addition to the injuries we first think of -- whiplash, head and neck injuries, broken bones -- there can be less visible and less physically painful consequences, including post-traumatic stress or a fear of driving. The split-second decision of one person can have consequences not only for themselves but for many people around them.

Source: WBOC, "Charges Pending in Fatal Crash in Talbot County," Corrina Pysa, Aug. 25, 2012

  • Our firm handles cases of personal injury caused by car accidents like those discussed in this post. For more information visit our Silver Spring car injury accident attorney page.

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