On March 11, an afternoon three-car accident took the life of an 81-year-old driver and injured five other people in Annapolis. According to the Bay Times and Record Observer, local police said that the “preliminary cause of the crash was the failure to remain right of center and excessive speed” and that it “is believed that heroin use [was] a contributing factor.”
Wrongful death liability
While the ultimate findings regarding this case are unknown, the incident illustrates the kind of collision that can form the basis of a wrongful death lawsuit. When at the time of an accident a driver is found to have been impaired by alcohol or drugs, or to have violated traffic laws like speed limits, this may be strong evidence of negligence or recklessness causing the death of another person. Should a driver be convicted of a crime for the driving behavior, the conviction would also be important evidence in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Seek legal advice
If you lost a family member in a Maryland motor vehicle accident involving a car, truck, motorcycle or bicycle, speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to understand your legal rights and potential legal remedies. The lawyer will launch a comprehensive investigation of the incident on your behalf, communicate with involved insurance companies and law enforcement for you, negotiate to a fair settlement or advocate fiercely in the courtroom for your interests, if appropriate.
Other parties or insurers may be liable for the wrongful death and for money damages for personal and financial losses from your loved one’s passing.
At our law firm, we represent the surviving loved ones of people who have died in motor vehicle accidents because of the negligent or reckless driving behavior of others in wrongful death lawsuits across Maryland.