An injury from an organized event on another's property means that the property owner may be liable for the injuries. But there are some activities that the law considers to be inherently dangerous or that pose such a high risk of injury that a person engaging in that activity must take responsibility by signing a waiver that requires him or her to assume responsibility for any injury or death that might occur. Nonetheless, engaging in dangerous activity or signing a waiver does not always mean that a property owner cannot be found liable for an accident under premises liability law. For example. if the owner is found to negligently maintain their property, he or she may still be liable for any accidents that occur on the property.
Losing a loved one can be one of the most difficult times in any individual's life. But if that loss is due to the negligence of another, the family may be entitled to compensation for the loss.
Four young men driving a Volkswagen sedan were killed in a head-on crash near Chester on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The accident happened at around 4 p.m. on April 10. Those killed were between the ages of 18 and 19. The local volunteer fire department responded to the accident and firefighters recognized one of the victims as an emergency medical technician and firefighter who worked for their department.
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.
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.
A 15-year-old Fruitland boy died Thursday night in a car accident after he was chased by local police. Police attempted to pull him over after he made a "number of traffic violations" according to Salisbury Police Chief. The young boy fled in a 1998 maroon Ford Contour. The chase ended around 10:15 p.m. when the car struck a utility pole. The boy did not have a driver's permit.
When a car gets a flat tire on a busy highway, it creates an incredibly dangerous situation, regardless of the time of day. The driver can take all the safety precautions possible, putting on their flashers and pulling as far off the road as possible, but with vehicles flying by at speeds up to 80 miles per hour, tragic car accidents resulting in wrongful deaths happen all too frequently.
A 20-year-old Johns Hopkins University student was killed over the summer while riding his bicycle on University Parkway. An 83-year-old driver didn't notice him in the bike lane and struck him. While it is not clear whether this student's family filed suit alleging wrongful death, there can be little doubt that the young man's loss brought pain and suffering to his loved ones. Perhaps remembering him, the student's loved ones are now motivated to prevent future deaths.
A head-on collision is almost always a tragic accident and can often result in the death of a driver or passenger. Head-on collisions sometimes occur when a driver makes a terrible mistake and enters a lane of oncoming traffic. When a head-on collision results in a death it may be the result of a driver's negligence or misconduct. In such a case, the family and loved ones of the person who lost their life may have the right to seek damages through a wrongful death suit.
Tragedy can occur when the proper safety precautions are ignored. As Maryland families are frequently reminded, it is always important to wear a seatbelt when driving a car, and it is equally important that children in a vehicle are also properly fastened into appropriately sized and fitted seats. Yet accidents do occur, and a wrongful death can result from the belief that children will be fine as long as they are behind a seatbelt.