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Maryland woman dies in tragic car accident, child pulled from car

Tragedy can strike anytime or anywhere, forever altering the lives of family members. The lives of those who are dependent on a lost loved one, like a child who loses a parent, are especially vulnerable. When a parent is killed in tragic accident the surviving spouses and children may have the right to bring a wrongful death action to ensure that they are protected from financial challenges facing the family.

A Maryland woman was killed recently in a horribly tragic car accident early Sunday morning on I-95 in Columbia. The woman was pulling a trailer with a Toyota 4Runner on I-95 when the trailer became detached. She pulled over on the side of the interstate to fix the trailer when an Acura TL struck her Jeep. Within moments the Jeep was engulfed in flames. The woman became trapped and died at the scene. But people at the scene were able to pull the woman's child from the Jeep, saving the child's life. The child was rushed to John Hopkins Shock Trauma in Baltimore.

When a parent is killed in a tragic accident a wrongful death action may be brought by family members to recover damages. Family members may also be able to bring actions for personal injury, pain and suffering or expenses incurred. Damages often include recovery of the financial support the parent would have contributed, services provided by the parent, loss of inheritance from the parent and medical and funeral expenses following the death.

A court will look at the parent's age, earning capacity, life expectancy, health and intelligence and the circumstances of the surviving children and spouse. The judicial system helps protect family members suffering financial loss following the death of a parent.

Source: Columbia Patch, "UPDATED: One Dead in Sunday Collision, Child Seriously Injured," Brandie Jefferson and Andrew Metcalf, Oct. 7, 2012

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