In 2016, 523 people died in traffic crashes on the Maryland highways. If you’ve lost a loved in an accident, contact our Baltimore fatal car accident lawyer today. That’s an increase from 2015 when the state saw 521 deaths on the roads. Car accidents are expensive both physically and emotionally for the victims and their families. Drunk driving accidents as well as distracted driving are the main causes of fatal crashes throughout Maryland.
Throughout Maryland in 2015, there were 107, 789 total crashes. Of that, 30,655 resulted in injuries. In 2015, Baltimore saw 40 fatal crashes and Baltimore County recorded 65 fatal crashes. Other counties with significant victims of fatal accidents were Prince George’s County with 86 fatal crashes, Montgomery County recorded 46 fatal crashes and Anne Arundel suffered 33 fatal crashes in 2015.
Common Causes of Fatal Accidents in Maryland
There are many causes for fatal car accidents in Maryland, including:
- Drunk driving or drugged driving
- Distracted driving, which can include the use of a handheld device
- Excessive speed or driving too fast
- Operator error such as falling asleep or losing control of the vehicle
All fatal car accidents have a devastating effect on the family members of the victim. If a loved one has been killed in a car accident, it is imperative that you contact a Baltimore fatal car accident lawyer today. A knowledgeable and skilled Baltimore car accident attorney can help determine the cause of the accident and determine if there is an at-fault driver. In addition, an investigation into the cause of the accident is easier and more productive if it’s done closer to the time of the car accident.
Who Can Sue for Damages in a Baltimore Car Accident Death Case?
If you’ve lost a loved one to a fatal car accident you may have the right to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings Section 3-904 defines who can bring an action for wrongful death in Maryland. A wrongful death claim can be brought against the driver of the other vehicle by the victims:
- Child of the deceased individual
- A person related to the deceased by blood or marriage who is substantially dependent upon the deceased
How to Win a Fatal Car Accident Case
To be successful in a wrongful death case, a Baltimore wrongful death lawyer must prove that the death was the result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness. Damages they can be recovered after a wrongful death action include economic and non-economic losses. Including the loss of income that was being earned by the deceased individual to care for the family. In addition, mental or emotional pain that is suffered by a family member. Also a claim for loss of Consortium can be filed in a wrongful death action.
How a Baltimore Fatal Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you lost a loved one in a car accident, contact the Baltimore fatal car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today. Attorney Randolph Rice has successfully represented families who have lost a family member in a car accident since 2006. He understands what his clients are going through and the emotional toll a loss takes on them.
Contact the Baltimore wrongful death lawyers at the Law Office of Randolph Rice today at (410) 694-7291 to schedule a free consultation and learn how they can help. The consultation is free and there is no fee or charge to investigate the loss of your loved one.