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Teen killed, 4 suffer injury in Maryland wreck

A vehicle accident on Jan. 24 killed one teenager and injured four others in Maryland. A 16-year-old girl died after suffering catastrophic injury. The accident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. on Muncaster Mill Road in Gaithersburg, according to reports.

Authorities say two vehicles collided in a merge lane. A 17-year-old driver lost control of his Honda Accord in the crash. That vehicle slammed into a utility pole. Another 17-year-old was behind the wheel of a Chrysler Sebring in the wreck. That car crossed onto a sidewalk and struck two pedestrians before striking a tree. It appears that the girl who died in the wreck was one of those pedestrians. She was walking with a 13-year-old friend. That younger girl is in stable condition. Her family said her recovery will likely be a long road. The other three injured teens were reportedly in the vehicles. Their conditions were not described.

All of the teens in the vehicles attended the same high school. News reports did not indicate whether they were traveling together. Speed is thought to have been a contributing factor in the collision.

Victims in Maryland car accidents deserve financial compensation. A negligent driver should pay for injury and death caused because of recklessness. The pedestrian in this case could seek financial damages from the driver who is held responsible for the wreck. Her ongoing recovery may be expensive. Her family should not be required to pay for that treatment.

Victims of such vehicle crashes can recover money for a variety of claims. Those include pain and suffering, emotional distress, medical costs, loss of income and a variety of others. The driver could also be required to compensate relatives of the decedent. A qualified Maryland attorney can help victims learn more about their rights and options.

Source: Gazette.net, "One dead, four injured in crash on Muncaster Mill Road" Jenn Davis and Sylvia Carignan, Jan. 24, 2014

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