High Speed Collision Critically Injures Maryland Infant

By Peter DePaolis

An 18-month-old girl is in critical condition after an auto accident on Maryland’s Coastal Highway late last month. As reported at mdcoastdispatch.com, the infant was in a car with her mother when a pickup truck rear-ended their vehicle. The mother escaped the car crash with only a fractured arm.

According to the report, the rear-end impact was so severe that it moved both vehicles forward approximately 100 feet. The pickup truck burst into flames and the victim’s vehicle crumpled under the impact. The young victim was in a child safety seat in the back seat. Rescue workers removed her and her mother from the car and rushed them to a nearby hospital.

Investigators said the pickup driver was speeding when he struck the vehicle. Police found Phencyclidine (PCP) in the pickup truck. The report revealed that the pickup driver served 40 days in jail in 2008 for driving while impaired. In addition, he served 60 days in jail in 1995 for DUI.

It is fortunate that rescue workers were able to extricate the infant and her mother from their vehicle. As a driver, it is important that you know what to do after a car accident. Come back to our blog tomorrow for information on how you can reduce the risk of injury and death to young occupants in your vehicle.

Have you ever suffered injuries from an impaired driver? Contact our office today for more information.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.