Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police — Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal traffic collision in Silver Spring. The two-vehicle collision happened on Sunday, December 19th. Failure to maintain lane appears to have caused the accident.
The news release by the police department placed the accident near the intersection of Fairland Road and Fairridge Drive. At about 8 p.m., district officers and Montgomery County Fire Rescue personnel responded at the crash location after a traffic collision report.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the 65-year-old female driver of a silver 1987 Toyota Camry Station Wagon westbound on Fairland Road crossed into the eastbound lane. The Toyota collided with a 2013 New Flyer WMATA Passenger Bus. The police said the bus had only the driver inside.
The Toyota driver died at the accident scene while the WMATA bus driver suffered injuries. The police have not released the Toyota river’s name pending notification of the next-of-kin. The investigation into the traffic collision in Silver Spring is ongoing. Anyone with relevant information should contact the CRU detectives at 240-773-6620.
Traffic accidents are not uncommon on Maryland roadways. Accidents happen when drivers drink and drive, are distracted, drive above the speed limit, fail to maintain their lane, follow too closely, etc. Under Maryland law, a driver who does any of the preceding is negligent and answerable for the injuries and losses another person suffers as a result.
As such, the at-fault driver will compensate the victim for their economic and non-economic losses. This covers medical bills, loss of income, property damage, mental anguish, out-of-pocket expenses, etc. In addition, if the victim files a personal injury lawsuit, they may also get punitive damages.
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