A serious Maryland accident on Christmas Eve that involved a driver hitting a couple in a horse and buggy left a man in a hospital with significant injuries. The man had to be taken via helicopter from the scene of the accident to a local hospital.
The driver of a pickup struck the buggy and, at least initially, left the scene of the accident. However, a man later returned to the accident scene. Police arrested the man and charged him with several crimes related to an alleged hit-and-run. He was taken to jail but has since posted bond.
Although more details of this accident will likely come out as the investigation continues, this story goes to show how important it is for motorists to be on the lookout for pedestrians, bicyclists, and, especially in parts of Maryland where they are relatively common, buggies drawn by horses. This means drivers in Hartford County need to be particularly alert when traveling and, at a minimum, drive at a speed no faster than the posted speed limit.
A distracted driver or someone who is traveling too fast can easily hit a pedestrian or someone in a manually-powered vehicle like a bicycle or buggy. When they do so, serious injuries often result, in large part because of the weight differences between the car and other vehicle. Moreover, those riding in vehicles like buggies are relatively unprotected from the blow of a car collision.
Car accidents of this sort almost inevitably leave victims facing medical bills while they struggle to figure out how they can replace their income. Fortunately, these victims can seek out compensation from the at-fault driver through Maryland's legal system.
Source: WJLA, "Man arrested in suspected hit-and-run incident in Maryland involving horse and buggy," Jay Korff, Dec. 25, 2017.