Death is not the most pleasant of subjects to think about. Nonetheless, when Maryland residents think about their own death, they may think of being surrounded by loved ones and peacefully passing away. Unfortunately, this is not always reality, as tragic incidents can occur resulting in the unexpected loss of a loved one.
However, that picture of a peaceful death is important to keep in mind in these incidents, because it demonstrates just what was taken from the person and their family by another's negligence. For instance, in a fatal auto accident, the individual is suddenly taken from their loved ones without so much as being able to say goodbye. This is true no matter who the deceased person is or what their stage in life may be.
Recently, a 91-year-old woman died as a result of a car crash in Maryland, while a 90-year-old man was injured in the same accident. The accident occurred as two cars collided after one lost control on the Interstate. It was not clear who was at fault in the accident.
At first blush, some might think a cause of action for wrongful death may be less applicable when an elderly individual dies, simply because the individual has outlived his or her life expectancy. This is not the case, however, as the death of a person is no less tragic simply because of a person's advanced age. Indeed, these individuals did not die in the peaceful manner they would have liked, and therefore it is important to hold negligent parties accountable for the death.
The relatives of all victims of fatal car accidents, including elderly victims, should seriously consider consulting with an attorney to determine how to best proceed in such a case and possibly obtain damages from the loss of their loved one.
Source: My San Antonio, "1 killed, 1 injured in Baltimore Beltway crash," Feb. 2, 2014