Even non-fatal car accidents can turn deadly, as in the case of two Marylanders whose car crashed near Ruxton Road on June 24. Despite surviving the initial crash, they lost their lives when another car hit them and their disabled vehicle, killing them both. The Baltimore Sun reports that the police are still considering charges against the other driver, pending the outcome of their investigation.
Wrongful Death Cases
In cases like the one above, it often makes sense for the family of the deceased to consider a wrongful death lawsuit against the other driver, assuming the facts point towards negligence. These are intended to compensate the family of the victim, as they themselves are secondary victims as well. Wrongful death actions attempt to secure compensation for both the emotional and financial damage that comes from losing a loved one.
While it’s true that no amount of money can ever bring someone back, legal actions such as these can help with closure and moving forward on your emotional journey. Added financial resources can assist with support, easing this process considerably. When you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to replace lost income in the midst of your grief, you’re at much greater liberty to heal.
Legal Time Windows
If you’ve lost a loved one in a similar scenario, one thing you should know is that you don’t have unlimited time to bring legal action. In Maryland, family members have three years after the person’s death to file a claim or lawsuit. If a person is initially injured and then passes away later, the three years doesn’t begin until the time of death, not the time of the injury.
Having a loved one die before their time is a devastating experience, especially when another person’s actions could have prevented it. No one wants to go through that. However, if that’s your situation, know that you still have options that can make your life easier.