In action-packed movies, you’ll often observe high-speed car chases involving police officers and other individuals, the type of movie scene that may be exciting and attention-grabbing. In reality, when officers are involved in high-speed chases, it can lead to serious injuries for the individuals being chased, as well as bystanders and those not involved in the chase. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there was a relatively large increase in 2021 compared to 2020 in “fatalities in speeding-related crashes” – increasing by 5 percent. In addition, in areas with more traffic congestion, especially in heavily populated cities, driving above the speed limit can be even riskier.
According to a recent news report, a deadly crash occurred in Baltimore, Maryland, and is still under investigation. A 17-year-old teenager was driving a Honda CR-V before colliding with other vehicles near an intersection. Multiple people were injured during the crash, with some individuals being taken to the hospital. Unfortunately, the 17-year-old did not survive the crash. Two officers from the Baltimore Police Department are being investigated for the role they may have played in the collision, although it is still unclear why the officers were initially investigating the Honda CR-V.
Bringing Wrongful Death Claims in Maryland: Things to Consider
In Maryland, specific family members are able to bring a lawsuit against the driver who was at fault in the accident, allowing the family to recover damages. Damages can include monetary relief for pain and suffering, as well as economic loss due to the death of the loved one (which can include the loss of future earnings). When deciding whether to bring a wrongful death claim, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney in the area who has expertise in the law and can help you navigate the complexities of your claims.
There are many things to consider when deciding to bring a claim after an injury, or even the death of a loved one, in a car accident. One important consideration is when to file a claim. Every state has a statute of limitations, which is a deadline for when a claim must be filed by. In the state of Maryland, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of the accident. This means that a wrongful death claim by a family should be filed sometime before this three-year deadline that starts from the date of the accident. However, it can be helpful to connect with an attorney about possible claims sooner and closer to the date of the accident if possible, as it is important to gather evidence. In addition to filing deadlines, there are other considerations such as how to gather evidence to bolster your case, how much compensation may be possible, and who can sue on behalf of a deceased loved one. Connect with an experienced attorney in your area to discuss the specifics of your case.
Have You or a Loved One Suffered Injuries in a Maryland Car Accident?
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries or even death due to a car accident in Maryland, contact the dedicated and skillful attorneys at Schupak Law firm today. If you are in need of an experienced lawyer who understands the ins and outs of personal injury law, the attorneys at Schupak are ready to assist. Our attorneys have helped clients recover damages in their cases involving wrongful death claims. In addition to car accidents, our firm handles medical malpractice, slip and falls, product liability, premises liability, nursing home and elder abuse, among other practice areas. To schedule a free consultation with an attorney on our team, call our office at 240-833-3914.