Thursday, March 18, 2010

Rear End Collision on US 15 Turns Fatal

On Sunday, March 14, 2010, there was a two-vehicle collision on Route 15 at Mountville Road in Jefferson, Maryland. A Dodge Grand Caravan was stopped at a traffic signal when they were struck in the rear by a Dodge Ram Pickup Truck. There were six passengers in the Caravan, all of whom were transported to various area hospitals for severe injuries. The two passengers of the pick up were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital for treatment. One of the passengers of the Caravan was taken to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, Maryland but died before she could be transported to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

In Maryland, when motor vehicles are traveling in the same direction there are duties placed on all drivers. The driver of any motor vehicle has an obligation to use due care and caution when following another vehicle. The operator must have regard for speed and weather conditions and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle directly in front of them. Failure to pay full attention could result in a rear end collision.

It is also important to understand what benefits a passenger in a vehicle may have in the event of a motor vehicle collision. Passengers could be entitled to personal injury benefits, or even as in this case, death benefits. A claim for property damage and bodily injuries can be made against the "at fault party" and their insurance carrier. In the event that an accident occurs and the "at fault" party does not carry insurance it may still be possible to pursue a claim under your uninsured motorist coverage.

If you, a family member, or someone you know was involved in a rear end motor vehicle collision or if you would like more information on car accident claims, please contact Portner & Shure for a free consultation.

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