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Maryland teenager injured in two-car accident

It may come as no surprise to Maryland residents that a car accident can cause victims to suffer major injuries through no fault of their own. However, it is important to keep in mind that in addition to criminal charges, those responsible for car crashes may face civil liability as well.

A two-car accident in Eldersburg sent a teenage girl to the hospital and caused two vehicles to sustain heavy damages. The incident occurred when a vehicle being operated by a 55-year-old woman crossed over the center line and struck the 17-year-old girl's vehicle head-on. Police determined that alcohol and speed did not appear to have played a role in the accident. However, the 55-year-old woman was deemed to be at fault according to police, and she may face criminal charges. The 17-year-old was flown to an area shock trauma center with injuries that have been described as non life-threatening, while the 55-year-old woman was sent to an area hospital with minor injuries.

When it comes to car accidents, police may determine one party or the other to be at fault, and that party may face criminal charges. However, criminal charges aside a driver deemed to be at fault for an accident may face a civil lawsuit brought by the victim in the accident as well. Oftentimes these suits are based on a theory of negligence. Drivers must operate their vehicles in a manner that is reasonable under the circumstances. Should they breach this duty and cause an accident that injures another person, they may be held liable.

Determining liability in an accident can be tricky. It is important for accident victims to hold all responsible parties accountable for their actions. By pursuing a lawsuit, accident victims may be able to receive the compensation they deserve.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "17-year-old flown to Shock Trauma after Eldersburg accident," Blair Ames, March 6, 2014

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