Maryland Multi-Vehicle Accident Leaves Three Dead — Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog — August 25, 2021
Getting into a car accident can be an overwhelming experience for a number of reasons. Not only is it often an expensive, inconvenient, and stressful endeavor, but it can often be complicated, involve multiple parties, and be unclear who is to blame.
This is often the case in car accidents involving multiple vehicles. With multiple drivers, passengers and vehicles, it only multiplies the possible damage, the information to be exchanged and the memories of the course of the accident. When these accidents happen, pursuing a legal claim can also seem daunting, which is why potential claimants are advised to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to guide them through the process.
Local authorities are investigating a multiple vehicle accident that killed three people, according to a recent local news report. Maryland State Police’s preliminary investigation revealed that a Camaro was traveling east when it tried to overtake another vehicle but hit a Toyota traveling west in the opposite direction. Both the driver of the Camaro and his passenger as well as the driver of the Toyota were pronounced dead at the scene. A third vehicle was also involved in the accident, but no further medical treatment was required for the driver and his passenger. The investigation is still ongoing, but authorities believe that speed was a major cause of the accident. In fact, the Camaro could have been traveling more than 100 mph at the time of the accident, authorities reported.
One of the most complicated parts of a multiple vehicle accident is determining who is to blame. While this is typically a context specific question that depends on a variety of factors, in general the last vehicle that is hit is not responsible. For example, in a three car accident, if the first vehicle crashes into another, causing the second car to crash into the third car, the third driver is unlikely to be held liable. This is because the first vehicle forced the second vehicle to leave the last vehicle behind.
Another discouraging element in multiple vehicle accidents is figuring out who to bring a claim against in the pursuit of a lawsuit. Maryland law uses a concept called contributory negligence, which means that if you are only one percent responsible for your own injuries, you can be excluded from reimbursement for damages. So if you negligently hit another vehicle and started the chain reaction, but then got hit by another vehicle, it can be difficult to enforce your own legal claim for damages.
However, if you were hit and then forced into the vehicle in front of you, it is not always negligence and you can claim damages. This is because in Maryland, as in other states, fault requires negligence. Since you got hit and it was not your fault, it is unlikely that you will be held responsible for any future collision with the car in front of you.
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If you or someone you know was recently involved in a car accident in Maryland, contact the Lebowitz & Mzhen attorneys today. Our attorneys have collected more than $ 55 million for our clients and will give you the experience and confidence necessary to effectively enforce your claim. To arrange a free consultation, contact us at 800-654-1949.