Local Maryland police likely have more questions than answers after a recent traffic accident that took the life of a pedestrian. In cases like these, many uncertainties often remain that law enforcement has to work through, such as who may be at fault and whether any action could have been taken to prevent what happened. Details of the case at this point are somewhat scarce, since officers have not given out the victim’s identity, possibly because they have not found the man’s family. This type of case is often the source of a wrongful death civil claim, as a family attempts to deal with such an unexpected tragedy.
Officials say the accident happened on a recent early weekend morning. A man tried to cross the street when a sedan allegedly hit him. The pedestrian was rushed to a nearby hospital with severe injuries but, despite receiving medical attention, died soon afterwards.
Police report that the driver of the vehicle was not injured in this incident. They have not filed any criminal charges, but say that their investigation is still open and have appealed to the public for any witness testimony. Police haven’t publicly speculated whether there were any contributing factors to this crash, such as intoxicated driving, speeding or distracted driving.
Even if police decide not to file any criminal charges, the family of the pedestrian who died may have other means of legal recourse. They could choose to file a wrongful death claim in civil court as a way of holding any parties deemed responsible accountable. Those here in Maryland who find themselves in a similar situation may decide to pursue the same course and may want to talk with a personal injury attorney to determine the best way to proceed.