Fatal Car Accident In Anne Arundel County Result of Negligence?
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Mar 06, 2009 in Car Accidents
Ms. Christine Schoppert died as a result of injuries she suffered when her car was struck and pushed into the path of a garbage truck as she was dropping her daughter off at school in Glen Burnie, Maryland. After the accident, a passing U.S. Coast Guard Officer - Lavelas Luckey - pulled a five year old girl from the car just minutes before the car burst into flames. Although the police are still investigating the crash, it was probably the result of negligence on the part of either the Chrysler Concord driven by Brian Weatherly and/or negligence on the part of the garbage truck (most likely due to the negligence of Mr. Weatherly).
The location of the crash, East Ordnance Road, is a dangerous stretch of highway where cars tend to speed. Since there is no left turn lane, drivers often get rear ended. The driver of the trash truck, Marlon Robinson, apparently was not injured.
It is important that Ms. Schoppert's family make sure that a proper investigation is conducted and witness statements are obtained so that an appropriate negligence claim can be brought on behalf of the 5 year old child and other family members. Sometimes, the police investigation alone is inadequate, and therefore it is important to consider hiring a law firm that will hire a private investigator to do the appropriate fact investigation immediately after the accident before important evidence disappears and before the insurance companies for the negligent parties get to the witnesses and evidence.
In Maryland, in tragic motor vehicle accidents like this one, several legal claims can arise. Our law firm has experience and knowledge necessary to conduct the proper investigations and locate adequate insurance coverage to make certain that families that are the victim of negligence are properly protected. Since the driver of the private vehicle involved in the crash, Mr. Weatherly, probably has limited insurance, the questions that need to be asked and answered are: Was Mr. Weatherly working at the time of the crash, Was he on his cell phone, Was the garbage truck negligent, was the roadway negligently designed, and was the 2006 Nissan Maxima that Ms. Christine D. Schoppert was in defectively designed and did that cause it to catch on fire.
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