Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Alcohol Suspected in Serious Automobile Head on Collision

At approximately 2:45 a.m. on March 18, 2010, a driver of a Ford F-150 is suspected of being intoxicated, he sped on Route 100 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland while traveling in the wrong direction. The driver struck a Toyota Camry head on. The driver of the pick up truck and his passenger were transported to Maryland Shock Trauma where they were reported as being in serious condition. The occupant of the Toyota Camry was rushed via medevac helicopter to the same hospital. The operator of the Camry has to be cut out of his vehicle by firefighters.

The accident remains under investigation and charges are still pending. The police however did issue a statement saying that "driver error, excessive speed and alcohol were contributing factors" in this accident. As a result of the collision Route 100 near Arundel Mills Mall just south of BWI Marshal Airport was temporarily closed.

Charges such as driving under the influence, reckless driving, or speeding have significant impact on your driving record. Repeated charges can result in the suspension or loss of your driving privileges in addition to hefty fines and penalties. It may also become difficult to get car insurance if you have charges such as these on your driving record.

The driver of the Camry could file a claim against the "at fault" party in this accident for property damage in addition to the bodily injuries he sustained as a result of this collision. Unfortunately in Maryland he may not be entitled to punitive damages by is entitled to recover for his pain and suffering as a result of his injuries.

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

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