When a car gets a flat tire on a busy highway, it creates an incredibly dangerous situation, regardless of the time of day. The driver can take all the safety precautions possible, putting on their flashers and pulling as far off the road as possible, but with vehicles flying by at speeds up to 80 miles per hour, tragic car accidents resulting in wrongful deaths happen all too frequently.
Negligent drivers may face criminal charges and wrongful death suits if they cause an accident that kills another. A Maryland SUV driver, that ran a red light and killed renowned jazzman Joe Byrd last spring, was acquitted of criminal negligent manslaughter Thursday. However, immediate family members of the decedent may bring a wrongful death suit against the SUV driver for financial injury surrounding the loss of their loved one. The driver was a 28-year-old from North Beach who was driving a 2003 GMC Yukon when he ran the light and hit Byrd's 2003 Volvo station wagon as it made a left turn.
An accident investigation continues in the multi-car collision that occurred at the end of December. The car accident involved six vehicles and took place on Rockville Pike and the intersection of Edmonston Drive and Congressional Lane.
A fatal car accident occurring last summer in the city of Thurmont is alleged to have been caused by a driver traveling at an excessive speed after having been drinking. Last week, authorities criminally charged the driver with negligent homicide and manslaughter by motor vehicle.