Car Wreck in Howard County Injures State Trooper

Maryland State Trooper Injured in Howard County Car Wreckcar-wreck-attorney-howard-county-md

A car wreck on January 16, 2013 in Howard County injured Cpl. Matthew Telep, assigned to the JFK Barrack near Perryville. The car accident was believed to have been caused when his vehicle was cut off by an unidentified motorist, according to the Maryland State Police. The trooper sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Trooper Telep was traveling in the eastbound lane of I-70 in Howard County when he was forced off the road and hit a tree. The magnitude of the impact trapped Telep in his vehicle until Howard County Fire Department personnel could extricate him. He was flown by helicopter to the University of Maryland Trauma Center.

At the time of the car wreck, Telep was returning from a work assignment, having escorted an oversized load from Baltimore to western Maryland that morning. A motorist called state police after the accident, claiming to have witnessed the car crash and indicating that Cpl. Telep had been cut off by another vehicle. Neither the vehicle nor its driver were identified.

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Drivers Die in Howard County Fatal Car Accidents

Deaths in Howard County Fatal Car Accidents


Tragically, many drivers and passengers die in fatal car accidents. In 2009, 547 people died from fatal car accidents in Maryland, according to Census Bureau statistics. Howard County is no exception. Just this month, two drivers died in separate fatal car accidents.

On April 16, 2012, the driver of a 1985 Mercedes apparently turned in front of another car on Robert Fulton Drive in Howard County. The driver was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died of his injuries, according to news reports. On April 22, another driver’s car left the road on Route 32 in Howard County and struck a tree, resulting in the driver’s death, reported Howard County police.

Fatal Car Crashes Result in Tragic Deaths

Any fatal car wreck causes untold grief on loved ones, but fatal car accidents caused by another driver’s carelessness is even more devastating. While nothing can replace a lost loved one, the law does provide for restitution from the negligent driver.

Wrongful Death Claims

Legal claims for wrongful death of a loved in a fatal car accident include compensation for:

  • Medical Expenses.
  • Funeral Bills.
  • Lost income or earnings.
  • The victim’s injuries, and pain and suffering.
  • Family members’ loss of the relationship, including emotional pain and suffering, and loss of companionship, advice, counsel, and comfort.

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