Car crashes seem to be a part of life for anyone who drives a vehicle. However, no one ever expects to be involved in a serious car accident, though they happen every day. One recent crash here in Maryland is particularly tragic as a 7-year-old girl remains in the ICU with severe injuries and her family says all they can do is pray for her recovery.
Authorities say that the crash happened when a family was driving home on a recent evening. It is unclear what the exact circumstances of the collision are, but reports say that a Jeep struck the family’s car, pinning the mother and a 7-year-old girl inside. The father and son were uninjured, and the mother suffered broken ribs but is out of the hospital. The young girl remains in a coma in ICU and her father says she is fighting to live, though her injuries are extensive, including a traumatic brain injury.
Local media claims that a police report of the crash states that alcohol was a factor in the crash. Police have refused to confirm that detail and say that they are still investigating the incident. They also acknowledge that they have not ruled out intoxicated driving as a factor. Criminal charges are also possible, but police say that will be up to the State Attorney’s office.
Once Maryland police have concluded their investigation of the car accident, even if no charges result, the family may have another means of legal recourse. They could choose to file a personal injury claim against any responsible parties, which may be particularly helpful if this girl has lasting effects from the brain injury she has suffered. This type of claim may be a family’s best chance at giving their loved one the best possible quality of life.