On Sunday February 1, 2009 a terrible Maryland car accident occurred on Veirs Mill Road in Rockville, Maryland which is in Montgomery County. It occurred near the Rock Creek Terrace Apartment Complex. A high school student named Thiago Andrade was killed and the driver, Johvanny Garmendez was critically injured. Photos of the vehicle in the Washington Post indicate that the car was basically cut in half when it crashed into a tree. If you have been injured in a car accident contact a personal injury lawyer in Silver Spring today.

The Montgomery County Police Department is still investigating this incident. Mr. Andrade was a junior at Rockville High School. It is apparent that he was an incredible person. He was in a college preparation program that is for low-income families, and many in that program are the first in their family to attend college. His principal, Debra Munk said “he was very well liked and well on his way.” the police are still investigating and looking for witnesses to the crash. If you saw the crash, you should call 301-840-2435.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. Andrade and to Mr. Garmendez. Although legal claims are the last thing they are probably thinking about, it is important that the vehicle itself be preserved so that an expert can examine it and determine whether the vehicle was crashworthy.

Crashworthiness cases involve a product liability claim against the car manufacturer claiming that a design defect caused increased injuries to the occupants of the vehicle when the crash occurred. The case in Maryland recognizing the product liability crashworthiness doctrine is Volkswagen of America v. Young, 272 Md. 201, 321 A.2d 737 (1974). Car Manufacturers are required to use reasonable care when designing a car to make sure that drivers and passengers are not subjected to unnecessary risks of injury.

Unfortunately, quite often families of those involved in catastrophic and fatal Maryland car accidents or tractor trailer accidents are unaware of their legal rights, and therefore insurance companies will dispose of the vehicle itself which is absolutely essential in order to successfully prosecute a product liability claim against a car manufacturer. If you need a Washington D.C. car accident attorney for your car accident or truck accident case in Maryland, D.C. or Virginia, call Goldberg Finnegan, LLC at (888) 213-8140.