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Maryland city government to settle 2 auto accident cases

Maryland residents are offered wonderful and much needed services such as trash removal, mail delivery, street cleanup and road repairs from the city or county in which they live. In Baltimore, city workers have many responsibilities with regard to community upkeep, and they are trained to be vigilant while out performing these essential jobs. Even with the best of care, accidents can happen. Reportedly, the city is set to approve settlement agreements regarding two separate auto accident claims.

The first case involved a man who was killed by a city trash truck while he was crossing the street with a "walk" signal. The trash truck was attempting to make a left turn on a green light. The truck hit the victim, causing extensive injuries, including traumatic brain injury. Sadly, the man lost his life, and a claim was made on behalf of his estate. The Settlement Committee of Baltimore's Law Department has recommended that a settlement in the amount of $350,000 be approved by the city.

The second case involved a high speed chase that resulted in the deaths of three people. Police officers in an unmarked vehicle were pursuing a 28-year-old male, who was apparently facing drug charges. After authorities called off the pursuit, the fleeing motorist apparently slammed into an SUV at over 100 mph. The collision killed a passenger in each vehicle and the eluding driver; the SUV driver was seriously injured. A proposed $500,000 settlement resulting from the high speed chase will be split among the surviving victim and the families of the two deceased victims. 

An auto accident can drastically affect victims and their families. However, when serious injuries or fatalities are attributed to the negligence of another party, relief may be sought through the civil justice system in Maryland. With the help of an experienced personal injury attorney, victims and/or their families may pursue claims for monetary damages recognized by applicable laws.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Baltimore expected to pay $500,000 resolving 2 lawsuits over police chase that ended in fatal crash", Yvonne Wenger, Kevin Rector, April 3, 2017

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