Unfortunately, there are hundreds of car accident deaths and injuries each year. These situations are usually followed by many wrongful death lawsuits, as a result of negligence, impairment, or more by those at fault for the accident.
Auto accidents are the leading source of wrongful death lawsuits in Virginia and Maryland. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 783 people died on Virginia roads in 2017. Another 550 died on Maryland roads that same year. Nearly all of those fatalities were preventable. Both states allow surviving family members the right to maintain a lawsuit for wrongful death. Virginia’s wrongful death statute is found at Virginia Code section 8.01-50, and Maryland’s is found at Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings Code section 3-904.