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Four-vehicle accident in Maryland sends six to the hospital

During the holidays, the roads in Maryland are packed with people traveling to parties, ceremonies and other seasonal celebrations. It is not unusual for alcohol to be served at these events. Unfortunately, some drivers will get behind the wheel after having too much to drink. The results can be catastrophic.

A Christmas Day car crash in Maryland sent six people to area hospitals with injuries suffered in the crash. The accident began when a woman driving a pickup truck ran through a red light and collided with a Chevy Colbalt. This started a chain of rear-end car accidents involving two other vehicles -- a Honda Civic and a Freightliner -- in addition to the two in the initial crash. According to police, alcohol and speed may have played a role in the accident.

One child was taken via helicopter to an area hospital, and three adults were also taken to area hospitals via ambulance. A second child was also hospitalized with injuries suffered in the crash. In addition, the driver of the pick-up truck suffered injuries in the crash and was sent to the hospital. The injuries ranged in severity from minor to serious.

Driving drunk is not only irresponsible, it could be deadly. When a person is injured or killed in a drunk driving accident, they may rely on police reports when pursuing compensation for their injuries and losses. Police will include in their reports their observations surrounding the crash, including if a driver appeared drunk, slurred their speech or if alcoholic beverages were present in the car. The results of breath tests and field sobriety tests may also be included in a police report. All of this could be useful for people seeking compensation for losses suffered in a drunk driving accident.

By holding drunk drivers accountable, victims injured of drunk driving accidents and their families may be awarded the financial compensation they need during their recovery process. In the end, it is up to every driver to behave responsibly and avoid driving after having too much to drink.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Havre de Grace crash on Christmas Day sends 6 to hospitals," Bryna Zumer, Dec. 25, 2013

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