The heirs of a 52-year-old man killed last year in a car crash have settled a civil lawsuit against a driver accused of running a stop sign. The driver was driving a truck when he ran a stop sign and struck a pickup driven by the victim who was headed north and preparing to turn left, according to charging documents. He later died from his injuries. As a Maryland car accident attorney I am frequently retained in pursuing these challenging cases.
Third District Judge this month approved a motion to settle the case filed by the decedent’s sister, who is the court-appointed guardian of the victim’s adult son. Under the settlement, the heirs will accept the policy limits offered by insurance companies. The undisclosed amount is to cover attorneys and accountants fees, hospital and medical bills, taxes owed and funeral expenses. Any remaining money is to go to the victim’s heirs, 60 percent to the adult son, and 40 percent to his disability trust.
The victim is legally blind, suffers from epilepsy, microcephaly and pervasive developmental disorder, court documents state. The driver was charged with negligent homicide in the crash. Later that year, he entered a guilty plea in abeyance. Under the plea, the class A misdemeanor negligent homicide count will be reduced to a lesser class B misdemeanor after 36 months, as long as he follows court conditions that include completing 540 hours of community service. His license was also suspended for two years.