June 27, 2019 | lmsXpect3 Investigators believe that a man who was traveling the wrong way in Southern Maryland was probably impaired when he slammed into another vehicle, killing the driver; in a head-on crash. The accident occurred on Route 5 near the Huckleberry Drive exit. According to police and witnesses, 47–year–old Timothy Markin, of Silver Spring, was on the southbound side of Route 5 in a Mercedes Benz. A Toyota Camry, which was northbound on the southbound side, hit Mr. Markin head–on. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver, whose name was not released, was rushed to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. Local police investigators are still looking into the crash. “Car crashes cost most victims tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and emotional distress,” observed Maryland personal injury attorney Rick Jaklitsch. “In alcohol–related crashes, victims basically have two legal options. So, the money they need to put their lives back together need not come out of their own pockets.” Generally, non–fatal alcohol-related crashes involve low levels of alcohol impairment. These tortfeasors (negligent drivers) are not legally intoxicated, but they are impaired. Their motor and judgement skills are not fast or sharp. So, it is dangerous for them to operate motor vehicles. Drivers under the influence of alcohol do things like misjudge the space between two vehicles and take unnecessary risks behind the wheel. Scientifically, impairment begins with the first drink. Evidence of consumption includes: Bloodshot eyes, Slurred speech, Erratic driving, Unsteady balance, and Statements the tortfeasor makes to other motorists at the scene. In these cases, the victim/plaintiff must establish impairment by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not). Alcohol consumption and impairment is clearly a breach of the duty of reasonable care. If that breach substantially caused injury, the tortfeasor is liable for damages. Fatal crashes, like the one described above, usually involve a higher level of alcohol impairment. In Maryland, the tortfeasor is generally responsible for both economic damages, such as medical bills, as well as noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.