Growing up is full of rites of passage, and one of the most eagerly anticipated of these is getting one’s driver’s license. Teens in Maryland eagerly look forward to the freedom enabled by having a driver’s license. What teens must remember is that a license is a privilege, not a right, and as with so many other privileges, there are responsibilities. One of the greatest of these responsibilities is to not be a distracted driver. Distracted driving can lead to motor vehicle accidents.
In today’s world, the presence of electronic devices and social media can serve as a constant distraction to young drivers. Such a distraction may have contributed to a recent fatal crash. The accident happened around rush hour on a recent Friday afternoon. A woman was driving north on US 113 when she was struck by a southbound vehicle. The car heading south was driven by an 18-year-old man.
The southbound car had crossed over the yellow line for an unknown reason and struck the oncoming car nearly head-on. The woman who had been driving was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash caused that section of the roadway to be closed for about three hours. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
Motor vehicle accidents in Maryland can happen in the blink of an eye. The ding of an incoming text or a ringing cell phone can be enough to cause an instant of distraction, and that can be enough time for a tragedy to happen. Losing a loved one as the result of a car accident is never easy. A conversation with a personal injury attorney can help one determine if a civil lawsuit against the party deemed responsible is a viable option.