Six people were injured in a Maryland car crash involving a tractor-trailer, a Howard County ambulance and three cars. According to a WBAL-TV news report, the truck accident occurred near Washington Boulevard and Kit Kat Road in Elkridge. Officials say a tractor-trailer tried to turn left when it struck a car. Then, an ambulance came over a nearby hill and hit a Hyundai Sonata that was stopped because of the truck accident, which in turn hit a Chrysler 300.
The EMT ambulance driver has been listed in stable condition. Two other EMTs were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The 45-year-old Hyundai driver, her 11-year-old daughter and the 63-year-old driver of the Chrysler were injured as well. The driver of the truck was not injured and it is unclear if the driver of the first vehicle struck by the truck was hurt. An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.
An important part of any accident investigation is determining who was responsible for the crash. In some cases, one driver is determined to be at fault and the injured victims will have an opportunity to hold him or her accountable for the damages they have suffered.
This process becomes more complicated when an accident involves multiple collisions and vehicles. Insurance companies involved in complex accidents tend to pass responsibility and deny claims. Some insurance providers offer small settlements to injured victims to make the case go away quickly and cheaply. This is why all injured victims of Maryland car and truck accidents would be well advised to research their rights and options before making any important decisions that might affect their financial future.
Every case is unique, but in general, it is not advisable to accept a settlement offer unless you are being compensated for all of your current and future losses related to the accident. A personal injury claim against a dangerous driver or truck company should result in compensation for current and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, the cost of rehabilitation services and other related damages.
Support may even be available through workers compensation benefits if you were hurt performing work related activities. There are many forms of compensation that should be carefully considered and an experienced Maryland personal injury lawyer can help victims and their families assess all options.