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Car Crash Kills 1, Injures 2 Others

Posted on May 23, 2018

Many people fail to follow right of way laws and this sometimes leads to car accidents. A car crash in Maryland on April 14 has injured two people and killed one person. The fatal crash happened in Elkridge, in Howard County. A Dodge truck was traveling south on Route 1 near Brumbaugh Street when a Fiat pulled out in front of the truck to turn left and go north on Route 1.

The driver of the Fiat—a 55-year-old man—was taken to a local hospital, where he later died. The passenger—a 54-year-old woman—is currently in critical condition at Shock Trauma in Baltimore. The driver of the truck—a 24-year-old woman—is also at Shock Trauma in critical condition.

The investigation is ongoing, but it is believed that the driver of the Fiat failed to yield the right of way.

Failure to Yield Accidents

It is important to always drive in a safe manner.  This means observing the right of way of others. Even when we are in a hurry, it’s important to yield to other cars in various situations. No vehicle has the right of way at all times.

Right of way accidents can involve other vehicles, pedestrians and motorcycles. They can cause head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, side impact and side-swipe crashes. Depending on the impact, these crashes can lead to serious injuries and even death.

A person who fails to yield the right of way to others and causes an accident is usually held liable. This person may be sued and ordered to pay compensation for damages.

There are several situations in which failure to yield can lead to car accidents:

  • Stopping at an intersection and proceeding without regard for other vehicles
  • Making a left turn
  • Aggressively merging onto a road or highway
  • Not yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks
  • Not pulling over for emergency vehicles

Contact an Oxon Hill Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Car accidents can happen in a variety of ways. It is believed that the driver of the vehicle failed to yield the right of way, and this is a common cause of serious crashes.

Motorists have a duty to drive in a safe manner at all times. When they don’t, they are considered negligent and could be held liable for injuries victims have suffered. If you have been involved in a  car accident, contact The Law Office of William C. McCaskill, PLLC can help. Schedule your consultation by calling our office at (240) 766-8085.

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