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Maryland Transportation Authority officer injured in crash

Maryland residents are all aware of the traffic headaches that can be caused when a car crash occurs. In one recent incident, a Maryland Transportation Authority officer was injured in a crash that backed traffic up for 16 miles.

The officer had parked his car in an emergency lane crossover on U.S. 50 near the Bay Bridge, in order to monitor traffic. Suddenly, a vehicle veered into another lane, going through the median and striking the officer's police cruiser. The force of the impact caused the cruiser to go through every one of the eastbound lanes of the highway, finally coming to a rest in the leftmost westbound lane of traffic.

The officer was flown by helicopter to an area shock trauma center, as was the driver of the vehicle who struck him. Fortunately, the officer survived the crash although he was seriously injured. The incident caused a significant traffic jam on the Bay Bridge that lasted more than six hours.

This accident ended with the victim surviving in stable condition. However, victims in other car accidents are not so lucky. Many catastrophic accidents can lead to permanent disability. Such incidents are undeniably costly, not just to a person's life and well-being but also to their pocketbooks. One solution to those who are facing overwhelming expenses following an accident is a negligence lawsuit.

All drivers have the duty to drive reasonably under the circumstances. This means adjusting one's driving based on weather conditions, traffic patterns and following all traffic laws. Should a driver breach this duty, they could face liability for the ensuing crash.

Persons injured in auto accidents do have options that they should explore. A lawsuit is just one of those options. Speaking to an attorney can be a good way to learn about all one's remedies when it comes to car accidents.

Source: The Washington Post, "Traffic moving again after Bay Bridge crash that injured officer," Julie Zauzmer, June 11, 2014

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