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Hit-and-run accident kills University of Maryland student

While on the road, drivers must be on the lookout for pedestrians, especially at night when visibility is limited. The failure to drive in a safe manner could lead to a devastating accident that injures or kills an innocent individual.

A student from the University of Maryland lost his life recently in a tragic pedestrian accident. The 22-year-old victim was attempting to cross the street along with one other person around 2:00 in the morning, when he was struck by a car. The driver fled the scene of the accident, although he later phoned the police and admitted that he hit the victim. The force of the impact caused the victim to strike a lamppost. Although the victim was sent to the hospital, he did not survive the crash.

A wrongful death claim may be one way for a victim's loved ones to cope with senseless tragedies such as these. After all, not only must the victim's survivors deal with the emotional grief that follows a fatal accident, but they may also feel utterly overwhelmed as bills and other expenses pile up. A wrongful death claim is one way for a victim's survivors to seek compensation for funeral expenses, medical bills and other costs incurred due to the death of the victim. In addition, by filing a similar claim known as a survival action, they may also seek compensation for the victim's pain and suffering.

Those who have lost a loved one in a fatal accident may feel hopeless and alone. By filing a wrongful death clam, not only may the victim's survivors seek compensation, but they may also hold a negligent driver accountable for their actions.

Source: 4 NBC Washington, "UMD Student Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver," Jan. 17, 2014

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