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Maryland car accident could result in wrongful death claim

As Maryland families hit the roads to commute to work, school and home, they put their lives at risk daily. We often take an uneventful drive to the grocery story for granted. In reality, vehicles are dangerous products that possess the potential to seriously harm others when operated by a negligent driver. Tragedy can occur when the proper safety precautions are ignored. That was unfortunately the case for a 56-year-old Bel Air woman, who was recently involved in a potential wrongful death scenario.

On the morning of Wednesday, March 20, the woman was driving near the Festival at Bel Air Shopping Center when another vehicle collided with her own. The other driver hit her when he went through an intersection after failing to stop for a steady red signal. The woman had the right of way while traveling through the area with a green light.

After the accident, the woman was transported to a local hospital where she unfortunately succumbed to her injuries. The other driver and his passenger were also transported to the hospital but sustained non-life threatening injuries.

This tragic incident is not the only one that has occurred in Maryland recently. The state has experienced an unusually high number of fatal car accidents in the last week. While legislators strive to improve roadway safety, negligent driving still poses a threat of danger.

The loved ones of a victim's family are often eligible to bring a wrongful death claim against the negligent party in the state of Maryland. A wrongful death suit can involve recovery of damages including medical and burial expenses and compensation for the loss of the victim's contributions to the family.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Bel Air woman dies following Wednesday's Route 24 crash," Bryna Zumer, March 14, 2013.

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