Maryland families and others around the country travel together a lot during this time of year. Whether just down the street for errands or out of town for gatherings, the holidays see the roadways busier than usual. With more traffic, it is also more likely for motor vehicle accidents to occur. While most of the accidents are minor, some can be devastating. A recent multi-car crash in Prince George’s County claimed the lives of three small children.
According to police reports, a family with two adults and three children were in a sedan that had stopped or slowed down at a traffic light behind two other vehicles. A pickup truck driven by a male ran into the back of the family’s vehicle, causing it to strike the one in front of it. That vehicle also hit the one in front of it at the light.
Documents state that the pickup truck was traveling at a higher rate of speed than the other vehicles involved. Reports also indicate that the truck driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. A 5-year-old boy, a 5-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy died in the crash. The children’s parents were taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
One of the drivers of the cars that were also involved in the accident suffered minor injuries. The driver of the pickup truck was transported to the hospital for sobriety testing. Charges are pending from the local State’s Attorney’s Office.
Losing loved ones in motor vehicle accidents or in any circumstance is horrific. However, when that loss is the result of another person’s gross negligence, it is even more devastating. While nothing can bring back a lost loved one, some families decide to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the party or parties deemed responsible for the loss. A Maryland personal injury attorney can offer guidance through the litigation process.