A traffic accident in Laurel claimed one life. According to the Howard County Police, the multi-vehicle collision happened on Monday afternoon, October 25th. The cause of the crash was not immediately available.
The police said that at about 2:25 p.m., a 2005 Toyota Corolla traveled northbound on Route 1. The car approached Whiskey Bottom Road when it rear-ended a 2001 Toyota Sequoia stopped at the red light. The driver and sole occupant of the Corolla, died at the crash site.
The Sequoia driver sustained minor injuries, and medics transported him to Laurel Regional Hospital. The Howard County Police said two other vehicles were affected in the chain reaction from the initial collision. The traffic accident in Laurel led to the closure of Route 1 in the area of Whiskey Bottom Road for three and a half hours. The investigation is ongoing.
Fatal auto accidents are not uncommon in the United States. According to the United States Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 8,730 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the first quarter of 2021. Traffic accidents result from the negligent act of drivers and other road users.
Examples of negligence are distracted driving, drunk driving, speeding, tailgating, disobeying stop signs, etc. A driver who does any of the preceding and causes an accident would be liable to compensate the other driver involved. The other driver, in this case, is the victim.
Under Maryland law, an accident victim can get economic damages and non-economic damages. In addition, if there is evidence of gross negligence, the victim might receive punitive damages in a personal injury lawsuit.
If you’re the victim of a car accident, contact our Maryland auto accident lawyers for legal advice and representation.