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Maryland man crashes car into two homes while under influence

Some car accidents involve zero physical injuries, but major property damages, whether to an automobile or an individual's property. A Maryland man recently was arrested after he crashed his pickup truck into a home in Harford County. The crash caused a propane gas line to rupture and the home to consequently burst into flames. The man then managed to back into a neighboring home, knocking it off its foundation and proceeded to drive through both the yards of both homes before fleeing the scene.

The fire severely damaged the siding of the home. Thankfully for the homeowner and people living in the neighboring homes, a neighbor who was home noticed the fire and was able to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher prior to the fire department's arrival. Had no one been home, the fire may have caused more extensive damages and there could have been injuries and further property damage.

A person who driver their car negligently, such as while he or she is under the influence of alcohol, may be required to pay for any and all damages caused by his or her negligence. Damages may include physical damages to a person or damages to a person's property. The injured party is required to prove that the defendant was negligent, that the negligence caused the accident, and that the accident caused the plaintiff's injuries. An injured party may seek compensatory damages caused from the negligent party, such as property damage.

Source: WBAL, "Deputies: Drunk driver hit 2 homes, setting 1 on fire," April 26, 2013.

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