A recent car accident tragically resulted in the death of a 55-year-old man dead at the scene and left the other driver with non-life-threatening injuries. According to a local news report, a Nissan was traveling in the wrong direction early on one Sunday morning when it collided with another vehicle. The fatal accident occurred on Route 340 west near St. Mark’s Road. Preliminary accident reports indicate that the 24-year-old woman who was driving the Nissan may have been under the influence of alcohol. The accident resulted in a road closure for approximately four hours.
While alcohol may have played a role in this accident, head-on collision crashes could happen because of a variety of reasons. Whether a driver is distracted, fell asleep at the wheel, was driving aggressively, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, physical evidence typically will be found at the scene of head-on collisions. This physical evidence must be gathered promptly in order to be used in lawsuits against the driver-at-fault. In Maryland, if the driver acted negligently or in a reckless manner, filing a personal injury wrongful death lawsuit may be an option. These claims can be filed for financial compensation to assist families who are grieving the loss of their loved one and/or to assist a family with financial obligations. Because wrongful death lawsuits have a three-year statute of limitation, claims must be filed within three years of the date of the deceased’s death.
Is Maryland a Contributory Negligence State?
Maryland is a contributory negligence state, which means under Maryland law, if the plaintiff was even slightly at fault for the accident, they will not be able to recover anything from the lawsuit. As a result, defendants may work diligently to prove that the other party was not completely in their own lane at the time of the crash, for example. Having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side could be the difference between being able to successfully recover and being barred from recovery. Wrongful death claims can be tricky. Potential plaintiffs should work with dedicated attorneys who are ready to build the strongest case for their clients and get the optimal result for victims who have suffered injury or lost a loved one.
Have You or a Loved One Been a Victim of a Head-On Collision?
If you or a loved one have recently been injured in a Maryland wrong-way crash or a head-on collision, seek the assistance of dedicated personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. We are experienced in aggressively advocating for the rights of accident victims and helping our clients secure monetary compensation. Compensation awards can consist of payments for past and future medical expenses, loss in wages, and pain and suffering. Our attorneys have assisted thousands of clients and are ready to discuss your case. To speak with one of our Maryland personal injury lawyers, and to set up a free consultation, call 410-654-3600 today. Calling is free, and we will never bill you for our service unless we can secure compensation on your behalf.