Pedestrian safety is a concern for officials in Maryland—particularly in Baltimore. While recent years have seen a slight decline in pedestrian injuries, fatality rates remain consistent.
The Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration in Maryland reports that between 2006 and 2010, there was an average of 107 pedestrian fatalities. Impairment was a factor in 36 percent of these accidents, and pedestrians were deemed at fault in more than two-thirds of them.
It is obvious that pedestrian accidents can cause serious injuries and have a lasting impact on the victims’ lives. If you or a family member has been injured in an accident, it may be beneficial to speak with an experienced Baltimore accident lawyer. At DuBoff & Associates, Chartered, we are experts at defending the rights of those injured in accidents. We are available to assist you in all aspects of personal-injury law. Call us today at 443-912-0002 to arrange a free consultation with an injury attorney today.
Driver Strikes and Kills Woman on Sidewalk
Capital Gazette reports that a car struck and killed a 23-year-old woman on a Maryland sidewalk. Local police say that 81-year-old Charles Debelius was driving his vehicle down the southern side of Duke of Gloucester Street in the early afternoon when he struck a door of a parked vehicle. His car then swerved into the northern lane and onto the curb, where it struck the young woman.
The woman was walking with her family at the time of the incident. Emergency responders transported her to the nearby Anne Arundel Medical Center, where she later died.
The man who caused the accident remained at the scene and was not charged. He claims that he attempted to push the brake pedal but instead pushed the accelerator. An investigation into the accident is still ongoing, and police do not believe drugs, alcohol or additional impairment played a role in the incident.
Man and Three Teenagers Struck by Car in Two Separate Car Accidents
Capital Gazette reports that just two days after the aforementioned pedestrian accident, two more pedestrians became victims of vehicle accidents. The first involved three teenage boys. A car struck them when they were crossing Spa Road. Emergency responders transported two to Anne Arundel Medical Center and took the other to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
In the second incident, a car struck a man at the intersection of Aris T. Allen Boulevard and Chinquapin Round Road. Paramedics flew the victim to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with serious injuries.
Police have not charged any of the drivers involved in these accidents, and full investigations are still underway. It is likely that the victims or their families will pursue compensation in court for medical bills and lost wages.
If you are looking for a Baltimore personal injury lawyer to assist you following a serious car or pedestrian accident, give DuBoff & Associates, Chartered a call at 443-912-0002. We are a team of highly qualified and dedicated lawyers ready to take on your case.