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Car crash near D.C. leads to lake, then hospital

In Montgomery Village, which is near Washington, D.C., two cars were involved in an accident that ended up sending both drivers to the hospital. The accident took place in the evening, on a Thursday. It was not an ordinary crash, either, as one of the cars involved careened off the road, went down a short embankment, and plunged into the water of a lake at the bottom of the hill.

Fortunately for those in the car - there were two passengers and the driver - a passersby was able to step in and assist with getting them out of the vehicle. It had not sunk entirely, but was partially submerged. Firefighters reported on the assistance that was given by the civilian, though they did not release any other information about them.

Police are investigating the crash, but they do not know yet why it occurred. They have not even said that speed played a major role, though they have not ruled it out, either.

While serious injuries were not reported, bother drivers did go to the hospital in the wake of the crash. Details on their treatment were not released, but doctors do expect them to be fine.

When being taken to the hospital for a checkup after a crash, people have the right to expect the doctor to look for injuries and provide treatment that fits those injuries, even when they appear to be all right. Doctors must be thorough and make an accurate diagnosis. If they do not, the car accident could lead to a medical malpractice suit over the failure to diagnose an injury when patients think that they feel fine.

Source:  My Fox DC, "Crash sends vehicle into lake in Montgomery Village" No author given, May. 22, 2014

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