Most drivers on Maryland roadways are committed to safety and many practice defensive driving. However, there are some accidents that even the safest drivers are unable to avoid, often leaving them and their passengers suffering from serious injuries. In fact, a car accident reportedly left a mother and her teenage daughter suffering from serious injuries; the driver who caused the accident was recently sentenced after pleading guilty to charges stemming from the cash.
The incident happened in June 2019. Reports indicate that a 46-year-old woman was driving on a Maryland interstate with a blood alcohol content of 0.24. She reportedly caused a head-on collision with a vehicle containing the driver and her 15-year-old daughter.
Both the mother and daughter were flown to the hospital for treatment. The former suffered injuries to her legs while the latter experienced trauma to her femur, pelvis, spine, lungs and intestines. Her spleen, gallbladder, part of her liver and a kidney were removed as a result of her injuries. Prosecutors claim that she is now home-schooled and does not leave her home frequently. Just the teenager’s medical bills total around $500,000.
The driver believed to have caused the Maryland car accident pleaded guilty to charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and causing an accident involving life-threatening injury; multiple other charges were dropped at the time. She was sentenced to three years in prison, but all except 18 months were suspended. While it may give the family some sense of justice knowing that the woman is being held accountable by the criminal justice system, this outcome will not help them as they face their financial situation. As such, they may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the woman. If a claim of negligence is proved, they could receive a monetary award that will ensure they can fulfill their financial obligations and pursue the necessary medical treatment.