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Maryland pedestrian loses life in auto accident

As most Maryland residents will agree, tragic car accidents occur much too often in the state. While there are laws in place in order to prevent collisions, one bad decision can result in serious injuries and even death to another. When a person is killed due to another's negligence, the deceased person's family may be entitled to bring a wrongful death claim in Maryland court.

In Anne Arundel County, on the evening of Monday, March 4, a 63-year-old man was struck by a vehicle as he crossed Ritchie Highway. Authorities were called to the scene at approximately 7:44 pm. According to reports, the man was hit by a Grand Marquis traveling South on the highway. The injured pedestrian was transported to a local hospital. He later succumbed to his injuries while being treated.

The man was not in a crosswalk at the time of the accident, and was wearing non-reflective clothing, police said. Pedestrians do have a duty to do what is reasonably necessary to avoid accidents. However, drivers also have an obligation to be attentive and law-abiding while on the road, particularly when encountering pedestrians.

As Maryland residents are well-aware, pedestrians are the most vulnerable road users. Maryland law places a serious obligation on drivers of vehicles to be cautious around pedestrians, whether that individual is inside our outside of a crosswalk.

Additionally, the state of Maryland permits for the recovery of monetary compensation to the injured party or loved ones, even in the event that a jury assigns some fault to the victim. In such a case, the injured claimants recover the percentage of compensation attributed to the negligent driver.

Until a detailed accident investigation is completed, it is impossible to know whether any driver should be held accountable for the tragic injuries of another. If a driver is found to be negligent, pursuing a civil claim can bring justice and vital monetary compensation to the victim.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Pedestrian struck, killed in Anne Arundel accident," March 5, 2013

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