A car accident in the Baltimore area sent five people to area hospitals. Police described the injuries of the driver who allegedly caused the accident as life-threatening but did not provide details on the other victims of this accident, which also caused significant delays on the Interstate.
According to both the other motorists involved and the bystanders, the driver who allegedly caused the accident was seen weaving in and out of traffic quickly, well in excess of the posted speed limit, immediately before the accident. At some point, the driver apparently could no longer control his car and struck a vehicle, causing the five-car pileup.
Police do suspect alcohol was involved with this accident, as they said they found empty bottles in the car of the driver who caused the accident and also said they smelled alcohol emanating from the vehicle. The police indicate that they will be collecting a sample of the driver's blood to determine his blood alcohol content at the time of the accident.
In a case similar to this one, the other victims of this accident might have the option of filing a lawsuit against the driver on account of the fact that he apparently caused an accident. As part of that lawsuit, the victims could request compensation for items like medical bills and lost wages, as well as compensation for their pain and suffering. If the driver in such a case did not survive, victims might still have the option of filing suit against the estate of the driver.
Motor vehicle accidents that involve drunk or drugged drivers deserve a swift and strong legal response from the victims. This not only helps the victims get the compensation they need, it also sends a message that drunk and drugged driving are not behaviors the people of Hartford County or the rest of Maryland will tolerate.
Source: CBS Baltimore, "Police: Possibly fatal 5-vehicle crash cause delays on I-695," Nov. 30, 2017