The loss of a loved one in a motor vehicle accident can be devastating for family members. One recent car crash in Temple Hills, Maryland was especially tragic. The accident claimed the lives of a young married couple, ages 34 and 31. The couple had been married for two years and left behind three children, ages two, nine and ten.
According to Prince George's County police, the accident happened on the afternoon of September 6, at the intersection of Kirby Road and Tinkers Creek Drive. The couple were turning onto Kirby Road when their vehicle was struck by another car.
Police say their initial investigation showed that the second car was proceeding west on Kirby Road and passed two other cars that had slowed down to allow the couple's car to enter the road. When that second car re-entered its proper lane it collided with the young couple's vehicle. The couple were taken to a local hospital but their injuries were critical and doctors were unable to save them. The driver of the other car sustained minor injuries.
When auto accidents like these occur, the welfare of the minor children is always a paramount concern. Maryland law allows dependents to recover compensation for loss of support and loss of companionship when a family member is killed by a driver's negligence.
When children suddenly have to grow up without their parents, a guardian must often be appointed and arrangements made to care for the children. Recovery and compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit can help the family cope with the financial burden of caring for the children left behind in this tragedy.