Maryland residents who are involved in a serious traffic accident, meaning an accident that involves a fatality or serious injury, often want to make a claim for damages against the driver who was at fault. When that person leaves the scene, the process of making a claim can be very difficult. A recent fatal accident in Howard County demonstrates some of the difficulties that may be involved.

The accident

The collision began at about 9:15 p.m. when a southbound vehicle on I-95 struck a deer. The driver pulled into the left land and struck a guardrail, leaving a portion of his vehicle still protruding into the fast driving lane of the freeway. As the driver and his passenger were inspecting the damage, they were struck by another southbound vehicle. This vehicle stopped on the left shoulder. Within a few seconds, a third vehicle struck the two men standing behind their car and the driver of the vehicle who had hit the pair. After hitting the driver of the second vehicle, the third driver fled the scene without pausing to assist police.

The driver of the second vehicle died from his injuries at a local hospital. Both the driver and passenger in the vehicle that struck the deer suffered serious injuries and were being treated at a local hospital.

Finding a hit-and-run driver

Police have many tools that are used to find hit-and-run drivers. In this case, police investigators have recovered parts at the accident scene that may help them identify the make and year of the hit-and-run vehicle. Police have issued a partial description of the hit-and-run vehicle and the damage it may have suffered in the two collisions.

The family of the man who was killed or either of the two men who were injured may wish to make a claim for damages, including medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering. The advice and assistance of an experienced auto accident attorney can help evaluate the evidence, locate information that may lead police to the absconding driver and pursue a claim in court.