Last night, an SUV with three occupants was driving on Darnestown Road near Germantown, and a car was also driving on the same road, but on the other side of the center line. The SUV crossed the center line as it approached a curve in the road and it struck the front of the car. The entire front end of the car was heavily damaged with all of the airbags deployed. The SUV then left the road and crashed into a tree. Two occupants from the SUV were thrown from the vehicle, and one of these passengers later died at the hospital. The driver of the SUV was not thrown from the vehicle and suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. The three occupants in the car suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Montgomery County Police believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash, but are still investigating other possible causes.
If police do determine that alcohol was the cause for this fatal head-on collision, it would make this crash even more tragic. Fatal car accidents that are attributed to drunk drivers happen far too often in Maryland. The state’s Department of Transportation has a goal of zero deaths on Maryland’s roadways, and they continue to work tirelessly to improve the roads and make them safer for drivers. Drunk driving related deaths are the worst kind of accident-related death because someone makes an irresponsible decision to drive drunk and then an innocent life is taken away because of that. Losing a loved one in a fatal car accident is devastating for any family, especially when it could have been prevented. No amount of money will ever replace losing that person. In a wrongful death case, the law allows for surviving estates to collect a financial recovery when a negligent party is held liable for the cause of the death. Compensation for damages can include: loss of services, loss of future income, mental anguish, medical expenses, funeral expenses, and punitive damages.
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in an accident caused by the fault or negligence of a drunk driver and would like to consult an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney for free, contact us at (301) 854-9000 to schedule an appointment at one of our office locations in Rockville or throughout Maryland or visit us online at http://www.portnerandshure.com/Auto-Accidents/Car-Accidents/Fatal-Car-Accidents.shtml