Fatal accident near Silver Springs injures 4, alcohol suspected

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue responded to a fatal accident last Wednesday around 10:30 p.m. that left one dead and sent four others to the hospital, including one of the injured being sent to a hospital that specializes in treating trauma patients with life-threatening injuries. The car accident occurred on the beltway between the exits of Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue.

Maryland State Police said in the initial investigation that a passenger vehicle crashed into another vehicle that had been parked on the right hand shoulder of the road. Three people were outside that vehicle and person was inside the vehicle when it was struck. A spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said the team treated five people at the scene sending four of them to local hospitals and a fifth person declined to be transported to the hospital for treatment.

As police investigate the cause of the fatal car accident those injured in the crash may be entitled to compensation for reimbursement of medical expenses and other damages that may result from the accident. If the driver is deemed to have acted negligently in causing the crash, the injured victims may wish to file a personal injury claim, or in the case of the deceased, his or he family members may wish to file a wrongful death claim to recover damages from their loss.

Very little is known about the exact cause of the accident as police are still investigating, however police did indicate that alcohol is suspected to be involved. A spokesperson with the Montgomery County Police Department is referring all inquiries into the car accident to the Maryland State Police.

Source: ColesvillePatch, "Fatal Beltway Accident Near Silver Spring," Tamika Smith, July 12, 2012

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