Coming to terms with the death of a loved one is an incredibly difficult experience, not least because those responsible so often seem to get away with the pain and suffering they cause. Sometimes the only course of action to seek justice for your loss is by taking the responsible parties to court to ensure that their actions have consequences. Whether the accident occurred on I-95 or a dimly lit back road, someone is likely to blame for what happened.
Fighting to bring justice can be easier said than done, however; that’s why you should consider enlisting the aid of an experienced legal representative. Randolph Rice, a former assistant state’s attorney, has more than a decade of practice working – and winning – on behalf of clients in situations just like yours. To learn how the team at Rice, Murtha & Psoras can help you through this difficult time, visit us online or call us at (410) 834-1350 today to set up your free consultation.
Determining Fault After a Death from a Car Accident in Maryland
Figuring out who is responsible after a deadly car accident can not only help to bring those parties to justice, but it can also grant closure to grieving family members and allow them to receive compensation for their loss. Ultimately, it will be up to the courts to deliver the final verdict in terms of responsibility, but a skilled attorney can help you go through your case and determine the likely culprits. Below are a few of the most common parties found to be at fault in cases involving car accidents.
The most common cause of accidents by far, other drivers can make any number of mistakes that can lead to disaster for themselves and those around them. Examining a driver’s actions after an accident is likely to reveal one of several causes of the accident, including:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving while distracted by texting or talking on the phone
- Falling asleep at the wheel due to fatigue
- Adjusting the radio, air conditioning, or any other device in the car
- Acting out of anger or frustration, also known as “road rage”
If the driver who caused the accident was engaged in any similarly negligent or malicious actions, they are almost certainly liable for the death that occurred. A knowledgeable attorney can review the facts of the case and determine whether you have a claim against the other driver.
Local Government Agencies
Though less common, the local government in the area where the accident took place could also be at fault, depending on the circumstances. These agencies are responsible for maintaining the roadways and posting appropriate signage around dangerous or obstructed areas; failure to do either one properly could result in an accident or death. If this is what happened to your loved one, you may be able to file a lawsuit against that organization.
Car Part Manufacturers
It is rare, but sometimes the cause of an accident is the failure of a part to function properly in your car. When this happens, the manufacturer of the car part may be liable, as they are responsible for the quality of the part that they produce. Reviewing the facts of the case with a legal representative, possibly with the aid of an auto expert, can help determine whether a poorly manufactured part might be at fault in the accident.
Types of Claims You Can File in Maryland After a Deadly Car Crash
Although the loss of someone you care about is certainly the most devastating part of a deadly accident, it is probably not the only loss you have suffered. The death of a provider or caregiver can have lasting financial and psychological effects on a family, effects that are no doubt worthy of compensation. A few types of damages can be recovered after an accident.
Frequently used to find justice after the death of a loved one, a wrongful death suit is intended to compensate the surviving family members for the loss they have suffered.
A number of tangible economic losses fall under the category of financial damages, including the loss of wages the deceased would have earned.
Pain and Suffering
Though the anguish of losing a loved one can be impossible to quantify, courts will sometimes award damages for the pain and suffering inflicted on the deceased’s family.
Loss of Consortium
A slightly less common cause of action, a loss of consortium refers to the absence of the love and companionship the deceased would have provided.
Determining exactly what causes of action apply in your case can be tricky, but a skilled lawyer can sit down with you and help you figure out how best to proceed.
Experienced Maryland Attorney for Death of a Family Member from a Car Accident
Money may be the last thing you want to think about after losing someone you love, but civil action is one of the few courses of action available to those who have experienced such a tragic event. The legal experts at Rice, Murtha & Psoras are ready and willing to help you obtain the just compensation you deserve, holding those who hurt you accountable in the process. To discuss your case and set up your free consultation, visit us online or call us today at (410) 834-1350.