Motor vehicle accidents are a fact of life. That is why motorists are advised to drive safely by following rules and regulations on the road and by respecting fellow drivers. In Prince Georges, Maryland, motor vehicle crashes are often serious and can often lead to death.
Recently, one man died in a motor-vehicle accident in Pasadena, Maryland. Based on reports, the 87-year-old victim was a passenger in a pickup truck that was struck by another car. The impact caused the pickup truck to spin and then flip.
The two drivers sustained minor injuries, while as noted, the 87-year-old man suffered serious injuries that he succumbed to after being rushed to the hospital.
An initial investigation shows that the car driver was at fault in the recent crash, but that neither alcohol nor speeding was a contributing factor in the fatal collision. More information is expected as the investigation progresses.
This case shows that the probability of a fatality in a car accident is high. The responsible driver may face criminal charges and will also be held liable for the compensation for the victims. The pickup truck driver may wish to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible driver for the reimbursement of medical expenses and other accident-related expenses. Lost wages may also be awarded to the pickup truck driver as well as for pain and suffering.
Additionally, the family members of the deceased accident victim may file a wrongful death lawsuit. This type of lawsuit is applicable in similar scenarios where negligence contributed to the accident, which, in turn, resulted in a fatality.
Seeking legal help is essential. The assistance of a legal professional can increase the probability of maximum compensation as a form of settlement. Awards and damages can be used by the victim's family to start over and to rebuild their lives following a car accident.
Source: cbslocal.com, "87-year-old passenger in Pasadena car crash dies from injuries," July 9, 2013