Earlier last month in Lanham, Maryland, one man was killed when he was struck by a car that was being operated by a woman whom he was romantically involved with, possibly his wife. According to one local news report, the accident took place on the 9400 block of Washington Boulevard and Seabrook Road. Witnesses on the scene at the time told reporters that it appeared as though the driver of the car targeted the pedestrian.
Evidently, the vehicle was traveling on Seabrook Drive when it suddenly changed its direction of travel and collided with the pedestrian. After the pedestrian was hit, he became airborne and landed next to a tree that was a few feet off the roadway. Witnesses told reporters that the driver of the car then drove up over the curb and into the tree, crushing the man.
Witness accounts differ, but some people say that the woman started screaming that it was her husband and that he had been beating her. Other accounts suggest that she found out that he was being unfaithful. In either event, it seems as though it could have been an intentional act. Police, however, did not immediately determine that the incident was a homicide and instead opened an investigation.
The investigation into the cause of the accident may prove to be difficult for police, since several witnesses – at least three – have seemingly different stories as to what happened in the moments leading up to the fatal car accident.
Personal Injury Accidents Based on Intentional Conduct
While there has not yet been an official determination that the woman’s conduct was intentional, it does seem as though it may have been, given the varying witness accounts. In cases where a driver’s intentional conduct results in an injury to another person, the victim of the intentional conduct, or the surviving members of their family, may be able to bring a civil lawsuit against the driver.
While most personal injury cases arise under the legal theory of “negligence,” that term is somewhat misleading, since a much broader range of conduct is covered under this theory of law, including reckless and intentional actions. This means that any person who is injured due to the negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct of another driver may be able to seek financial recovery from the responsible party. To learn more, contact a dedicated Maryland personal injury attorney.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in any kind of Maryland accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation to help you cover the costs associated with being an accident victim. This may include amounts for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In cases where the defendant’s conduct is determined to be especially egregious, such as when intentional conduct is at issue, the accident victim may have a case for punitive damages as well. To learn more, call 410-654-3600 to set up a free consultation with a dedicated attorney at Lebowitz & Mzhen who can help you prepare and file your case.
More Blog Posts:
One Woman Dead, One Man in Critical Condition after Baynes Collision; Alcohol Suspected, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published August 11, 2015.
State Trooper in Serious Condition after Roadside Accident on Interstate 95 in Laurel, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published July 23, 2015.