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One killed and two seriously injured in Maryland 97 car crash

Two drivers were sent to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center with serious injuries resulting from an auto accident on Maryland 97, and a third driver's injuries proved fatal. According to the Maryland State Police, the accident occurred when a northbound Ford Mustang crossed the center line and crashed into a Chevrolet Cavalier.

The driver of the Mustang is currently listed in serious condition as a result of the injuries sustained. The driver of the Chevrolet -- who was airlifted to the hospital -- remains listed in critical condition. However, the passenger in the Chevrolet was pronounced dead at a local hospital shortly after the accident.

The accident is currently under investigation and an official cause has not been reported. Investigators are unsure at this point if alcohol was involved in the accident.

There are several common causes of car accidents, many of which stem from driver's negligence or recklessness. For instance, the use of cell phones to call or text others while driving can create dangerous situations which can lead to accidents. Other common causes could be drivers who are inadequately rested or driving while intoxicated. It is a driver's responsibility to take reasonable measures to ensure that he or she is capable of safely driving before getting behind the wheel of an automobile.

In accidents such as these, injured persons have legal rights to seek compensation for a variety of potential damages. Medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages are all reasons for potential compensation if the injured party chooses to exercise his or her legal rights. Compensation also may be available for the family of anyone wrongfully killed as a result of another driver's negligence or recklessness.

Source: Carroll County Times, "Victims in Md. 97 car crash in serious condition," Kelcie Pegher, June 24, 2012

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