While not always true, multi-vehicle car accidents are often times among the most serious. Not only are more cars involved, increasing the chance of injury, the same holds true for the overall number of people involved.
On Sept. 9, 2013, Maryland State Police responded to an accident that took place south of Westlake Boulevard on Route 4. As a result of the accident, three people were sent to a local area hospital.
Upon arriving at the scene and conducting an initial investigation, it was determined that a Ford truck, driven by a 27-year-old woman, was heading south on Route 4 when she swerved from one lane into the next.
According to police, she eventually lost control of the vehicle, which led to her crossing the median and into oncoming traffic.
At the same time, another driver traveling north on Route 4 was hit head-on by the truck. This vehicle then crossed the median, hit a sign and eventually struck a third car driven by a 56-year-old woman.
Immediately following the accident, three people, including a passenger in one of the vehicles, were airlifted to nearby Prince George’s Hospital Center. At this time, all three are listed in serious condition.
Fortunately for those involved, helped arrived quickly. This included the Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad and Volunteer Fire Department, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, State Highway Administration and St. Leonard and Huntingtown volunteer fire departments, and Calvert Advanced Life Support.
At this time, the investigation of the accident is ongoing and is being led by the Maryland State Police.
As is the case in many accidents, one driver makes a mistake, which leads to a chain reaction. In this situation, the initial error led to three vehicles being involved and several people in serious condition.
As the victims from the crash concentrate on their recoveries, the medical expenses will rise. Several of the victims may be unable to return to work for some time, which only makes financial matters worse. A personal injury lawsuit against the person responsible for the accident could help those injuries parties recoup some of the expenses associated with the accident, as well as claims for other damages.
Source: SoMD News, “Three hospitalized after serious accident Monday” Katie Fitzpatrick, Sep. 11, 2013