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Bus strikes and kills pedestrian in Maryland

Every day people in Maryland ride the bus, whether it is to work, to a friend's house or while out shopping. One would certainly expect that standing at a bus stop is the safe thing to do while waiting for the bus. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

In a devastating accident, a 61-year-old man died in a pedestrian accident involving a bus. The accident caused delays in the city's bus system for a number of hours. The man had been waiting at a bus stop when he leaned over a curb and landed in the roadway, where he was subsequently hit by a bus. All the passengers on the bus were picked up by a second bus. Police are investigating the incident and asking any witnesses with information regarding the accident to step forward.

When a person is killed in a fatal accident, their loved ones may not only suffer emotional trauma but financial trauma as well. Medical bills, funeral expenses and other costs quickly add up. These bills are compounded by the loss of income the victim provided.

In these situations, a victim's loved ones may pursue compensation through a wrongful death suit. In general, to prevail in a wrongful death suit the responsible party must have acted negligently or with the intentional disregard for the welfare of others, and the death of the victim must have caused the victim's loved ones to suffer monetarily. Unlike a criminal case where the standard of proof is beyond a reasonable doubt, the standard of proof in a wrongful death suit is usually only by the preponderance of the evidence.

It is never easy to suffer the loss of a loved one. However, a victim's survivors have legal options. By carefully considering all the options available, the victim's loved ones may be able to seek the financial compensation they need to move forward from the accident.

Source:, "Man hit, killed by MTA bus in Northeast Baltimore," Michael Quander, Jan. 9, 2014

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