Maryland Moped Driver Killed in Two-Car Crash
On Sunday, July 5, 2010, a 24-year-old man driving a moped was killed in a collision with a pick-up truck, according to The Washington Post. The 45-year-old woman driving the pick-up truck was not injured. The moped driver had been traveling east on Tamar Drive while the pick-up truck driver was turning left from the westbound lane. Howard County police are still investigating the crash.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that there were 33,963 fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents in 2009. Although this estimate carries an 8.9% decrease from 2008 estimates, motor vehicle accidents are still a leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 35.
What many do not realize is that surviving family members may file wrongful death claims against negligent parties. The four elements required for a person to file a wrongful death claim are as follows:
- A person must have died
- Negligence or intent caused the person’s death
- The death has negatively impacted surviving family
- There is a representative for the decedent’s estate
If these circumstances are met, then the family of the deceased may file a Maryland wrongful death claim. If it is determined that the claim is valid, the victim's family, could receive compensation from negligent parties – this aspect varies, depending on the details of each case.
Filing wrongful death claims in Maryland can be complicated and devastating for family members who are still heavy with grief over their loss. The experienced Bethesda wrongful death attorneys at Meng & Alpert, LLC have the skill, compassion and sensitivity required to handle your case. Call our knowledgeable lawyers today for a free consultation at 866-444-6363.