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Semi truck accident kills entire Maryland family

It is incredibly tragic to lose a family member to the negligence of another in a car accident. Even more devastating is losing multiple family members in one accident. This is the tragedy that befell a Maryland family last year when their vehicles were struck by a semi trailer. While no amount of money can replace the lives lost from such an accident, a wrongful death claim can help surviving family members cope with the financial aftermath of a tragedy.

The criminal trial of the truck driver will begin on the one-year anniversary of the crash, in which an entire Maryland family died including a 28-year-old mother, 30-year-old father, the couple's two young children and an unborn child. In January, the man pleaded not guilty to four counts of manslaughter; four counts of motor vehicle homicide by willful reckless driving; and one count of motor vehicle homicide of an unborn child by driving recklessly.

The Maryland family was stuck in traffic on Interstate 80 in Nebraska as law enforcement and emergency crews were responding to another accident involving a fatality. The family was in two separate vehicles when the father's vehicle was struck from behind by the semi-truck. The truck driver failed to slow down for the stopped vehicles or notice emergency lights. The force of the collision propelled the father's vehicle into the mother's vehicle in front of him; her vehicle ended up crushed underneath a semi truck.

A wrongful death case would be a separate civil proceeding from the criminal trial. In a wrongful death case the primary measure of damages is the financial loss suffered. It can be a challenge for courts or arbitrators to determine the financial loss associated with young children and the unborn. An attorney can help families in such difficult situations to navigate these challenging considerations.

Source: Star Herald, "Illinois man scheduled for trial on fatal accident charges," April 3, 2013

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