Winter poses its own challenges to drivers and pedestrians in Maryland. It gets dark earlier, and that can make it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians. Snow and ice can cause slippery conditions, and driver distraction always remains a possible issue. Any or all of these factors contribute to the occurrence of motor vehicle accidents. One such accident took the life of a young man in Upper Marlboro.

The young man and a female friend had just gotten off of a bus about 6:30 p.m. on a recent evening. They were crossing the road in a crosswalk near Campus Way when they were hit by an oncoming vehicle. They were both injured in the collision and were transported to University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center.

The young man later died as a result of the injuries he suffered, and the woman remains in the hospital but is expected to recover. The area around the accident was shut down for approximately three hours while police investigated the accident site. According to police, there was no evidence that drugs or alcohol contributed to the accident, and the driver of the car did not flee the scene. The cause of the incident remains under investigation. Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

People going about their everyday lives and exercising appropriate caution should not have to constantly fear for their lives. This tragedy may be a case of the driver being distracted by any number of things, such as a phone call, a text or even just changing the radio. It only takes an instant for motor vehicle accidents to cause a tragedy to happen. Nothing can bring back the person lost, but a civil suit in a Maryland court may provide compensation for medical costs, final costs and other verifiable losses.