When several motor vehicles are involved in a Maryland personal injury accident, questions regarding liability and negligence may be more complex than in a typical two-vehicle collision. An April 21, 2021 case before the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland illustrates some of the issues that may arise in a personal injury lawsuit stemming from a multi-vehicle accident.
The case at issue involved the chain-reaction, rear-end collisions of four motor vehicles on a Maryland highway. The plaintiff in the case was driving when the vehicles in front of him came to a stop. When the plaintiff applied his breaks to avoid hitting them, a second driver collided into the rear of the plaintiff’s car. A third driver then rear-ended the second driver, which caused her vehicle to hit the plaintiff’s car again. The repeated impact caused the plaintiff’s car to strike the fourth vehicle, which was directly in front of his.
The plaintiff filed a negligence suit against the second and third drivers, and the case went to trial. After denying the defendants’ motions for judgment, the court submitted the case to the jury. The jury found that the defendants were negligent, and awarded the plaintiff $34,000 for medical expenses, over $10,000 for lost income, and $500,000 in noneconomic damages.