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Two from Maryland die in Beltway accident over the holiday

The holidays can be a time of cheer and joy for families. But unfortunately for some the joyous time can also bring tragedy. Due to the distances we travel on roads, rails and in the air, tragic accidents are inevitable during the holiday season.

Maryland State Police have announced that two people were killed Christmas Eve in a crash involving three vehicles on the outer loop of the Washington Beltway in Chevy Chase. The victims who died are a 30-year-old woman and a 17-year-old male. The deaths bring the number of people killed on area roadways in Maryland to five on Christmas Eve. Some of the accidents were weather related, but others may well have been the result of negligence. In such an incident, family members may be able to seek some solace with a wrongful death claim against the negligent drivers.

The fatal accident occurred on the Beltway at about 9:40 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The two people killed were passengers in a Chevrolet Malibu that lost control on a curve, hydroplaned across the slick pavement and spun into a Toyota pickup truck. A Chevrolet Silverado then hit the Malibu. The driver of the Malibu, a 36-year-old Silver Springs woman, suffered serious injuries and was rushed to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Others involved in the crash suffered minor injuries.

Police said there was a light rain falling, with temperatures hovering around freezing, but the cause of the crash remained under investigation. The results of the accident investigation may prove critically important to the families of the deceased passengers. Those families may suffer financially from the loss of a loved one. When a fatal car crash results from the negligence of another, victims' family members may be able to seek compensation for loss of companionship, loss of financial contributions to the family and other forms of damages.

Source: The Washington Post, "Two dead in Beltway crash in Chevy Chase," Peter Hermann, Dec. 25, 2012

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