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Fatal crash leads to prison sentence for distracted driver

On Behalf of | Apr 8, 2022 | Personal Injury

Sources of driver distractions can come in various forms, each of which could have a significant influence on one’s ability to safety operate a motor vehicle. Those who succumb to distraction may struggle to remain aware of their surroundings or react to situations that arise, and they could place the safety of everyone nearby at risk in the process. Reports indicate that one person has been sentenced to a 6-month prison term following a car accident that claimed the life of a 30-year-old man in Maryland.

Distraction-related crash

Reports indicate that the incident began in January of 2021 when the man was involved in a multiple-vehicle crash. Reports indicate that he was traveling northbound when he failed to react to a shift in traffic patterns and proceeded to rear-end a nearby vehicle. This prompted a chain-reaction crash that involved up to four vehicles and claimed the life of one person.

An investigation of the incident reportedly revealed that the driver of the first vehicle had put his vehicle on cruise control and began taking pictures of himself while behind the wheel. Reports indicate that he was convicted of charges for negligent manslaughter during recent legal proceedings and is currently facing a 6-month prison term. Families who lose someone close under similar scenarios may wish to exercise their rights to seek restitution, but even with the presence of a conviction, the process can still be complex.

Seeking restitution

Losing a family member in a car accident involving a negligent driver can be a devastating experience. Following such a loss, a person in Maryland could consider speaking with an experienced attorney for guidance on all his or her available legal avenues and insight on what to expect from the subsequent process. Such guidance could prove vital to helping place a person in a better position in which to pursue the full amount of restitution entitled through a wrongful death claim.