Police say that a 35-year-old man and a 22-year-old man were killed in an accident that took place on Interstate 70 near Hancock in Maryland. The crash occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 4 when a tractor-trailer collided with a passenger car. Police say that the trailer was going east when it hit the car, which was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes.
After colliding with the car, the truck then hit a bridge abutment. The driver of the tractor-trailer was the older male victim, while the younger male victim was a passenger in the car. Authorities say that the 57-year-old female driver of the car was seriously injured. She was the mother of the passenger who died in the crash. She was taken to Shock Trauma in Baltimore for treatment. The eastbound lanes had to be closed for almost 12 hours.
After trucking accidents that result in fatalities, the families of the victims might decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit. As a result of such a suit, families may collect compensation for final expenses as well as lost earnings of the deceased. The family may also be able to collect punitive damages to hold the driver responsible for their general negligence.
Prior to filing any sort of legal action, it might be worthwhile to consult with an attorney. Doing so can help the family better understand their legal rights and increase the odds that a case is filed within the statute of limitations if they apply. An attorney may be able to settle a case outside of court, which may result in a more timely resolution. This could allow the family to gain a sense of closure and start moving on after a tragedy.