Heavy traffic on District of Columbia-area roadways in Maryland and Virginia is a significant contributor to accidental deaths in the area. The tragedy of fatal motor vehicle accidents is seldom greater than when one of the dead is a young person who hasn’t yet had the chance to live his or her life. A recent accident took the life of a 15-year-old and another person.
The crash happened early on a recent Saturday morning. The car the 15-year-old was riding in was struck from behind. A passenger riding in the front passenger seat and the teenager, who was riding in the back, were both pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car was transported by air ambulance to MedStar Washington Medical Center.
The driver of the vehicle who struck the car received undisclosed injuries. He was transported to University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center. While conducting an investigation following the accident, officers reportedly found a loaded 9mm handgun in the car that had rear-ended the other vehicle. It is not known if any kind of drug or alcohol impairment contributed to the cause of the crash. The accident remains under investigation.
Residents of the Maryland area are familiar with the dangers of driving on congested roadways. Defensive driving is a best practice to try and maintain safety for oneself and others. Not all accidents can be prevented and being struck from behind may certainly be difficult to prevent. Nothing can undo the tragedy of losing loved ones in tragic motor vehicle accidents. A civil lawsuit against the party deemed responsible for the accident could provide compensation for medical costs, final costs and other verifiable losses.