Maryland Fatal Car Crash Attorneys
Car Accident Wrongful Death Cases
Cars provide many benefits. They can get a person from point A to point B in a controlled and enclosed comfortable environment and can do so quickly and efficiently. However, this is only the case when the driver is alert and cautious and when the car functions normally. Oftentimes, the negligent manufacturing or faulty design of the vehicle and/or the negligent or wrongful actions of other drivers causes fatal traffic accidents in Maryland and across the U.S. Most fatal accidents, however, are preventable. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one in a collision caused by the negligence of another, your family has the right to file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party.
Common Causes of Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes
There are many factors that can contribute to a fatal crash, some driver-related, some vehicle-related, but all are unacceptable.
These factors may include:
- Alcohol- or drug-impaired driving
- Tire blowout/failure
- Roof collapse/crush
- Distracted driving
- Using a cell phone while driving
- Airbag malfunction
- Gas tank detachment
- Reckless driving
- Drowsy/Fatigued driving
- Steering control malfunction
In reality, driver negligence and most vehicle defects and design flaws may cause a traffic fatality under certain conditions, such as traveling on hazardous roadways and the higher speed of freeway/highway driving. Everyone, drivers and vehicle manufacturers and designers alike, has a responsibility to safety. When they forget about that responsibility and cause a fatal car crash, they must be held accountable.
Fatal Car Crash Statistics Across the Nation
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 30,797 fatal car crashes nationwide in 2009, which resulted in the deaths of 33,808 people. Most of these were drivers, accounting for 63 percent of fatalities. 28 percent were passengers. Of all persons killed, 32 percent died in alcohol-impaired auto accidents.
Maryland Fatal Car Crash Statistics
The NHTSA reports that 547 people were killed in Maryland traffic collisions in 2009, a decrease from the 591 in 2008. Of these fatalities, 269 were drivers, 83 were passengers, 69 were motorcyclists, 113 were pedestrians, 11 were bicyclists/pedalcyclists, and 2 were unknown. Most of the fatal victims were middle-aged adults between 45 and 54 years-old.
Obtaining Justice for Your Loved One
The loss of a loved one in a fatal car crash is emotionally traumatic and creates many hardships. Grieving families suffer a wide range of losses and burdens, including medical bills, lost future income, emotional distress, funeral costs, and loss of companionship. In some cases obtaining justice through a wrongful death claim is the only way the family of a fatally injured victim can even begin to recover in such a difficult time. If you have lost a loved one in an accident as the result of negligence, you have the right to pursue compensation in civil court. At Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC, our compassionate Maryland car accident attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve to create the closure you and your family are entitled to.
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