According to an April 2017 article in The Baltimore Sun, 18 people were injured in a six-car pileup in Baltimore County on Interstate 95. At least two of the 18 people injured in the accident were taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. At the time of the report, their names and medical conditions were not released. The other 16 victims were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries. Police claim that a total of 22 people were involved in the car crash.
At the time of the accident, Maryland Transportation Authority police were conducting a traffic stop just south of Route 43. The traffic stop was on the shoulder of the highway. A black Ford Transit rear-ended a red Lincoln MKS. It was not involved in the traffic stop. The Lincoln MKS then struck a white Lexus IS30c. The Lexus hit another vehicle, and at least two other vehicles.
Whether the victims involved the rear-end accident will file personal injury lawsuits is unknown. Police indicated that there were criminal charges pending against the driver who allegedly caused the pileup.
The Definition of a Rear-End Accident in Baltimore
A rear-end car accident occurs when a driver hits the rear end of another vehicle and can happen for many reasons. The at-fault driver, or driver who caused the accident, may have been distracted. He or she may have been following too closely to the other driver at the time of the accident. Other causes of a rear-end accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Unsafe lane changes
- Driving under the influence
- Defective vehicle
- Weather conditions
- Road conditions
A Baltimore Rear-End Collision Can Cause a Variety of Injuries
Injuries in a rear-end collision can range from minor to serious, such as:
- Neck injuries: Neck injuries occur when a person’s neck snaps backs, then forward because of the sudden impact of a car accident. This flexes and extends the person’s neck beyond the usual range of motion. The medical name for this is whiplash.
- Face and head injuries: A driver’s face and head may strike the steering wheel or windshield during a rear-end accident. Face and head injuries can range from minor cuts on the face to brain damage.
- Back injuries: Strains, sprains, and mid-back herniated discs can result from rear-end accidents.
- Hand, shoulder, and wrist injuries: During a rear-end accident, a driver’s hands and arms may jam into the steering wheel and cause a minor or severe injury.
- Airbag injuries: The airbag can deploy during a rear-end accident and cause chemical burns.
- Seatbelts injuries: Seatbelt and shoulder can cause internal injuries and bruising.
Hassan, Hassan & Tuchman, PA will Help You
If you have been injured in a rear-end accident in Baltimore and are thinking about pursuing compensation for your injuries. Damages you may be entitled to include compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses. Contact us for help today.