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Holocaust survivor killed in Maryland pedestrian accident

As the nation's population ages, the number of those still living who survived the Holocaust grows lower. It is important to preserve the memories of these people, to ensure that such a disaster never happens again. Unfortunately, one such survivor recently lost his life in an auto-pedestrian accident.

Tragedy struck one Wednesday afternoon when a school bus driver in Maryland hit a Holocaust survivor who was attempting to cross the street. The 91-year-old victim -- who used a walker to help him get around -- was attempting to cross the northbound lane of traffic when the accident occurred. According to reports, he was heading to an area store to do some shopping. He passed away after being transported to an area hospital. The bus was carrying school children back from a field trip at the time of the accident. None of the children were harmed in the crash, although a crisis team will be available to them if necessary.

When a person is killed in an accident involving a bus or another large commercial vehicle, their loved ones may want to pursue a wrongful death suit as a way to cope with the financial struggles they face following the victim's death. When doing so, it is important that they hold all responsible parties accountable for the accident. While the driver of the vehicle may be one defendant in such a case, it may be possible for the company who hired the driver responsible as well through a legal theory called "respondeat superior." Under respondeat superior, a company can be held liable for the driver's negligence if the company and the driver had an employment relationship and the accident occurred during the course of the driver's work duties.

Victims who wish to learn more about respondeat superior and other forms of liability following car accidents may want to discuss the matter with a professional. Doing so may be the best way for victims to pursue the maximum amount of compensation they are entitled to.

Source: New York Daily News, "Maryland school bus driver hits, kills Holocaust survivor crossing street with walker," Nicole Hensley, Feb. 27, 2014

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