Maryland Accident Law and Criminal Prosecutions

The Maryland Gazette reports that given the lack of evidence of gross negligence – for which mere speeding does not meet – the State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County said he will not prosecute the Prince George’s County police officer involved in a fatal car accident collision with a Bowie man in December 2007.

The victim’s family has a wrongful death lawsuit pending for this accident. Regardless of where you stand on the question of whether there should be criminal prosecution in these cases (you can read my thoughts on this here), any Maryland accident lawyer will tell you that this question is of little consequence to the family’s wrongful death lawsuit because there is little difference to the accident case whether the conviction is for vehicular manslaughter or for the ticket that this P.G. County police officer did receive in this case (assuming the ticket is involves something beyond speeding).