Police in Maryland are in the process of investigating a single-vehicle wreck that left five children dead and two other individuals injured. This tragic event occurred in the town of Bowie on Feb. 2. Following single-vehicle car accidents, injured passengers or the surviving family members of passengers killed in such events may not feel that they can pursue compensation for their losses. This may actually not be true. Under the right circumstances, relief may be achieved through legal means.
According to news reports, authorities received a call about an auto collision that occurred on Route 301 at approximately 5 a.m., the first Saturday in February. When the response team arrived on scene, they found five children -- ages 5 to 15 -- ejected from the vehicle. All of the children were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and the front-seat passenger suffered injuries and were transported to an area hospital for treatment. Their current conditions are unknown.
Police believe that the driver lost control and left the roadway, hitting several trees before her vehicle came to a stop in a field. The driver and surviving passenger were reportedly wearing seat belts. Authorities believe that none of the children were wearing seat belts or restrained properly. Two of the children are said to be the offspring of the driver. It is unclear what relationship the driver had with the rest of her passengers.
So much can be lost in single-vehicle car accidents. For five children to die prematurely in this particular incident is devastating beyond words. The emotional and financial damages sustained by these young victims' families will be great. The monetary, psychological and physical losses suffered by the surviving victim will also likely be significant. If driver negligence is believed to have contributed to this event, the victim and the surviving family members of the deceased victims may seek compensation for their losses by pursuing the appropriate civil claims in a Maryland court.