Our region is known for its heavy traffic, which means one negligent driver could cause a catastrophic accident that affects many people.
This was illustrated recently in an accident that involved approximately 23 vehicles on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
Many were injured and required hospitalization
According to the Maryland Transportation Authority, a 2018 blue Honda Civic was speeding and driving erratically on the bridge on a recent Saturday morning. This may have caused an initial crash, which then caused various secondary crashes.
The result was a multi-vehicle accident that took first responders’ hours to clean up, while drivers were stuck in traffic on the bridge.
Several people were injured in the crash, with some of the injuries being reported as serious, and sent to local hospitals. Authorities are looking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident.
Determining the cause of this type of accident can be tricky
Speeding and driving recklessly on a large bridge filled with traffic is an example of negligent driving. In accidents like this one, it is important to determine exactly how the accident started and how much negligence was involved.
If the driver of the Honda Civic was the initial cause of the accident, it could be difficult to determine if other drivers were negligent. The Honda Civic might have crashed into a vehicle, but if that vehicle was traveling too close behind another vehicle and smashed into them, that driver could be found negligent, as well.
The drivers who were injured in this accident might be able to recover compensation for their injuries through a personal injury action.
The amount of compensation received depends on proving damages, but it may include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Know where to turn after a car accident
After a major accident, you may feel overwhelmed and confused about what to do next. It is important to know the next steps to take and how to start the personal injury claim process.