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Semi-truck accident shuts down Maryland interstate for hours

Being pulled over by the police at 2 a.m. is no one's idea of a good time. Yet aside from a possible traffic ticket, what happened to one person who was pulled over and the Maryland State trooper that pulled him over is no less than heart-stopping.

An unusual accident occurred recently on the outer loop of Interstate 495. A Maryland State trooper had pulled another car over in a routine traffic stop around 2:00 in the morning, when a semi-truck hit both the trooper and the driver of the other vehicle. Following the initial collision, the semi-truck jack-knifed releasing fuel on the interstate. Amazingly, the police officer and the other victim suffered only minor injuries. The accident closed all lanes of traffic for several hours.

Despite the fact that the victims in this situation received only minor injuries, it is important to remember that for various reasons, people in car accidents such as this may still want to seek compensation. Even minor injuries such as cuts, bumps and contusions can cause lasting pain, and some types of injuries require ongoing medical care even if they did not necessitate a lengthy hospital stay. The costs of doctor's bills, medication and rehabilitation can add up. In addition, depending on the type of injury, the victim may not be able to perform their job duties to their full capacity for a while, which could affect their income. All of this may be reason for a victim to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.

No one should avoid seeking the compensation they need to completely heal from an accident, just because their injuries were not life-threatening. By pursing compensation, victims who are overwhelmed with medical bills, no matter how gravely they were injured, can seek the financial resources they need to achieve a full recovery.

Source:, "Beltway outer loop in Maryland reopens after crash, fuel spill closed all lanes," June 2, 2014

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