Accidents with serious injuries are always traumatic, and if children are seriously injured, the trauma can be even worse. When children are injured, parents are often left feeling helpless and sometimes guilty, especially if uninjured themselves. A recent Maryland car accident that resulted in two children receiving serious injuries is no different.
A Maryland family was traveling in Anne Arundel County in early June when a police officer from Howard County made a u-turn that he didn't realize was illegal and caused the tragic accident. According to the authorities, the officer in question was not familiar with the area in which he was traveling. He was on duty at the time of the car accident and was making the u-turn in order to return to Howard County.
It is not clear from the report exactly how the accident happened, but, regardless, it resulted in injuries to those in the officer´s path. The two children, a 4-year-old and an 11-year-old, were taken to a local hospital with what the emergency personnel deemed to be life-threatening injuries. Their parents were also injured, but not as seriously. It is unknown whether the officer received any injuries in the crash.
If further investigation cements the assumption that the car accident was indeed the Howard County officer´s fault, then the victims of the accident may exercise their right under Maryland law to file a personal injury claim. In this case, they may be able to file a claim against Howard County as well since the officer was on duty at the time of the accident. While no amount of money can return their lives to the way they were before the accident, it may make the financial aftermath much easier for the family.
Source: CBS Baltimore, "2 Kids Injured In Md. Crash Involving Police Car," June 9, 2013