At least 18 people were taken to the hospital after a multi-vehicle car crash, according to Fox 45’s April 2017 report. The accident happened in While Marsh and was considered a “mass casualty incident” by local first responders. The accident involved six vehicles in northbound traffic on I-95. No life-threatening injuries were reported, but 18 people were transported to five different area hospitals. One driver involved in the accident, a 36-year-old from New York, was criminally charged in the crash.
The crash occurred around 1:50 p.m. Police were conducting a traffic stop on the left shoulder of the highway prior to the accident. Traffic moved slowly because of the traffic stop. The 36-year-old driver, operating a 2016 black Ford Transit, allegedly hit the rear of a red 2009 Lincoln MKS. The impact pushed the Lincoln into another vehicle, a white 2011 Lexus IS30C.
The crash ultimately involved two other vehicles. The first four vehicles blocked two highway lanes. The highway was closed for about 30 minutes while they waited for first responders.
It is not known if the victims of the multi-vehicle accident have filed a personal injury claim against the driver for their injuries.
Negligence in a Car Accident in Baltimore
A car accident can happen for any reason, but most often, a Baltimore car accident is the result of negligence. Negligence is the failure of a driver to act like a reasonable driver would in the same and/or similar circumstances. A “reasonable driver” is one who always does the right thing while operating a motor vehicle in order to prevent causing an accident. If an accident victim can prove negligence, then he or she can usually obtain damages. Damages refers to money paid to the victim to compensate for accident-related expenses like:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Medical bills
Part of successfully proving that a car accident happened because of another driver’s negligence involves showing that he or she caused accident. The other driver must either directly or indirect cause the car accident and the resulting injuries. Causation can happen in variety of ways, such as:
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Drunk driving
- Drowsy driving
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Side-impact collisions
- Rear-end collisions
- Sideswipe collisions
- Single-car accidents
- Rollover accident
Hassan, Hassan & Tuchman, PA are Your Baltimore Car Accident Attorneys
A car accident can happen at any time and for any reason. The cause of the accident is one way to prove the other driver was at fault. For instance, you have to prove the driver had a legal duty to protect you from the accident. You then have to prove that the driver breached that legal duty.
After proving causation, you are allowed to present damages. Let us do the work for you. Contact us today.