Vehicle accidents of any kind can be dangerous and potentially deadly. However, when there is alcohol involved, the chances of injury usually increase. Additionally, if the car accident involves a head-on collision, the results can be extremely tragic. A recent crash in Maryland involved a head-on collision and suspected alcohol use. As a result, nine people were sent to the hospital due to injuries sustained in the crash.
The incident occurred when a Honda CR-V headed westbound crossed over the center line into the eastbound lane on Route 18. The Honda smashed into an oncoming Toyota Tundra. There were a total of nine passengers in both vehicles, and all of them were rushed to local medical facilities for injuries sustained in the crash. Several people in both vehicles had failed to wear seat belts in the accident. Authorities suspect alcohol to have played a contributing role in causing the accident.
The driver of the Honda has been reported to be a 22-year-old woman, and the driver of the Toyota is a 50-year-old woman. Both were rushed via helicopter to the medical center. The other seven passengers reported injuries of varying seriousness and were transported to nearby hospitals. Despite having two vehicles full of passengers and the severity of the head-on crash, no deaths had been reported as a result of the incident.
There has as yet been no report of a civil lawsuit being filed as a result of the car accident in Maryland. However, it is possible multiple lawsuits could be filed, since all nine people involved in the crash suffered injuries. The fact that alcohol could have been a contributing factor could also be used in court, depending on the results of any official investigation. On the other hand, since some passengers failed to wear a safety belt, there could be arguments to limit damage claims due to a theory of shared liability, which could impact the ability to collect full reimbursement for damages sustained. Those involved would do well to understand their rights and responsibilities under Maryland law as they assess their legal options.
Source: wboc.com, "Md. Car Crash Sends 9 to Hospital," Stephen Waldron, Aug. 7, 2012