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Man charged in Maryland car accident that injured baby

Call it a simple fact of modern life: car accidents happen. You've probably heard people talk about all the supposedly dangerous activities that, from a statistical point of view, are safer than traveling in a car: There are more car accidents than plane crashes. You're more likely to be injured in an auto collision than while bungee-jumping. This may be true, but these facts don't make the pain of a car accident any easier to take, especially when the traffic crash involves circumstances you can't control, such as the other driver's behavior.

A baby was seriously injured in a car accident on Friday in Ocean City, Maryland. According to police, a speeding pickup truck rear-ended a car that was stopped at a red light. The car was carrying an 18-month old child in the back seat and one adult, the driver. The baby was airlifted to a hospital and remains in critical condition. Both drivers also went to a hospital, where the driver of the truck was treated and released.

Police said they searched the truck and found an unspecified amount of PCP. They also gave a field sobriety test to the driver, who allegedly tested positive for being under the influence of the drug. He's been charged with possession and driving under the influence and is currently being held in jail on bond.

It's not clear what injuries the baby suffered or whether she's expected to fully recover. Children her age are not fully developed and are more susceptible to permanent damage. They can also take longer to heal. But whether she recovers quickly or is left with injuries that will require long-term care, her family is likely go after the other driver for compensation, especially if he's found guilty of the charges against him.

Source: WBOC.com, "Update: Man Charged in O.C. Car Crash That Injured Infant," Kye Parsons, Dec. 19, 2011

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