Thursday, January 21, 2010

Alcohol May Have Contributed to Single Vehicle Accident in Howard County

On Friday, January 15, 2010, at approximately 3:20 a.m., there was a serious single car accident on Broken Land Parkway in Howard County, Maryland near Stevens Forest Road. The causes of the accident were not clear. However, it is suspected that alcohol was involved. One of the passengers was transported to the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore City for serious injuries. The driver was taken to Howard General Hospital for minor injuries while another passenger was evaluated by paramedics at the scene and released.

Although the driver of a vehicle may be at fault for the accident, that fact does not prevent a passenger from pursuing a claim when bodily injuries are involved. A passenger has the opportunity to pursue a claim against the driver's insurance policy. However, if the passenger got into the vehicle knowing that the driver was intoxicated the insurance carrier may deny the claim. Under these circumstances the carrier will argue that the passenger assumed the risk of an injury and therefore cannot recover. Clearly, this is yet another reason not to drive with someone who has been drinking.

If you, a family member, or someone you know has been injured in a motor vehicle accident wherein alcohol was involved or you would like more information on car accidents, please contact Portner & Shure for a free consultation.

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