Police officers here in Maryland and its surrounding areas risk their lives daily in the performance of their duties. Each of them understands the hazards and dangers they could face when they put on their uniforms, but that does not stop them from doing so. For this reason, it often seems more tragic when a police officer loses his or her life in a motor vehicle accident while off duty.
Recently, an off-duty police officer who works in the nation’s capital suffered such a fate. As he rode his motorcycle on a Maryland road, another vehicle suddenly moved into his lane. The abrupt movement caused the officer’s motorcycle to topple, and he went down with it. That might have been the end of it, except that the officer fell into the oncoming lane of travel where another vehicle struck him.
Emergency medical personnel rushed him to an area hospital, but it was too late. He succumbed to the injuries he suffered in the impact at the hospital. While officers in Prince George’s County investigated the death, the officer’s comrades honored him by escorting his body to the coroner’s office. It is not yet known whether the driver who started this tragedy will face criminal charges.
Whether that happens or not, his surviving family members may exercise their right to file a wrongful death claim in connection with this deadly motor vehicle accident against those believed responsible for his death. Proving negligence to a civil court could result in a monetary judgment that could help the family cover at least some of the financial losses the family faces as a result of his death. In addition, they may receive some closure and peace regarding his death.