In Maryland and elsewhere, a policeman’s job is not an easy one. However, being a policeman does not give one a pass in the event of the accidental death of a pedestrian. A crash that resulted in the death of a pedestrian during a summer car cruise event in Ocean City has resulted in a wrongful death lawsuit against the trooper who reportedly struck and killed the pedestrian.
The accident occurred about 11 p.m. The man who was killed reportedly looked both ways before stepping into the roadway. According to witnesses he crossed two lanes to the median and again looked both ways. As he crossed the two traffic lanes the trooper’s car approached, swerved and then struck the pedestrian.
The lawsuit asserts that the trooper was speeding and was looking down, not at the roadway, when he approached the intersection where the accident occurred. In addition, it is alleged that visibility in that area was at least half a mile at the time of the crash. The suit says that the trooper’s car struck the pedestrian with such force that it sent him flying through the air.
Summer is a time of fun and relaxation in Ocean City and throughout Maryland. When a vacation is disrupted by the sudden death of a family member the grief and shock that accompany the loss may be incalculable. A person who suffers such a tragedy may wish to discuss the viability of a wrongful death suit with a knowledgeable attorney. An experienced lawyer can review the facts of the case and advise the client as to whether a civil suit is a viable option.