In many car crashes, drivers, passengers and other witnesses are available to help Maryland law enforcement officials determine what happened. This task becomes exponentially more difficult when witnesses are unavailable and the occupants of the vehicle or vehicles involved died as result of the motor vehicle accident. In these cases, the families of the victims may not know the circumstances behind the death of a loved one for some time.
Two families here in Maryland may be awaiting answers to how their family members died. The single car accident occurred sometime in the early morning hours of a recent Sunday. Police officers were not called to the scene, but rather discovered it at around 2:35 a.m.
All that was known at last report was that two people occupied a vehicle that crashed into a utility pole. The condition of the wreckage and the bodies was such that first responders could not even ascertain whether the occupants were men or women. This means that any surviving relatives of the two deceased may not even know for some time what happened to their loved ones — let alone how it happened. Once identified, police then begin the task of locating those family members.
Perhaps by the time that happens, officials can also provide some answers regarding what caused this fatal motor vehicle accident. It is possible that the passenger’s surviving family members will exercise their right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver’s estate. Providing the court with evidence that the driver’s negligence led to the death of their loved one could result in an award of damages to help with the financial losses that accompany such a tragedy.
Source: wtop.com, “2 dead in Prince George’s Co. after car smashes into utility pole“, Chantalle Edmunds, April 15, 2018