One person died following a head-on collision in Anne Arundel County. The accident happened during the early hours of Thursday, August 5th. The Maryland State Police listed wrong-way driving as the contributing factor to the wreck.
The collision in Anne Arundel County happened on northbound Interstate 97 just south of Interstate 695 in Glen Burnie. Shortly before 1:55 a.m., MSP troopers with the Glen Burnie Barrack responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision. Their preliminary inquiry disclosed that a black Honda Civic driven by Viraj Kishore Raiker, 32, of Ellicott City was southbound in the highway’s northbound lanes.
The Honda then collided head-on with a 2015 Acura TL. The troopers said it is unknown when Raiker began driving in the wrong direction. They said the man was trapped in his vehicle, which rested in the grass off the roadway, and died at the scene.
Both males occupants of the Acura suffered injuries, and medics conveyed them to R.A. Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment. The MSP has not ruled out impaired driving as a contributing factor. The crash led to the closure of I-97 for about three hours while the state troopers investigated. There’s no additional information.
Driving the wrong way without an auto accident is a traffic offense for which the offending driver would receive a citation. However, the defaulting driver might face criminal and civil consequences if an accident occurs, especially when someone dies. But, our focus is on the civil aspect.
Under Maryland law, a victim can demand compensation from the person who caused an auto accident. The compensation covers the money spent on treating their wounds, replacing or fixing properties, etc.
Contact our Maryland car accident lawyers to find out how we can help you as an accident victim.