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In the state of Maryland, more neighborhoods are trying to attract tenants and homeowners to live in their locations. One of the trending features to add in any neighborhood is walkability. More and more people are foregoing driving to instead walk to work, school, and local shops as well as restaurants. However, an increase in pedestrian foot traffic has also increased the likelihood of bicycle accidents as well as car and truck accidents, and even motorcycle accidents that involve pedestrians.
In 2017, the Maryland Department of Transportation reported that 3,452 pedestrian accidents occurred throughout the state. This overall statistic had not changed much from 2016 accident reports as the same number of people were involved in accidents. However, more people were injured or killed in 2017:
Most of the car crashes involving pedestrians occur on or near county routes (CO), 723 accidents. Maryland routes (MD) and municipal routes are other areas where pedestrians could be injured or killed frequently. In addition, most accidents occurred on the roads outside of crosswalk areas. 986 pedestrian accidents happened on roads where people were crossing outside of a crosswalk while 604 took place within crosswalks. In addition, another 205 pedestrians were involved in accidents and intersections clearly marked with crosswalks.
Both pedestrians and drivers need to take precautions when sharing the roads, interstates, and municipal routes. When it comes to a pedestrian accident, trying to figure out who is liable can fall on the pedestrian, the vehicle driver, or both parties. Here are a few common causes of pedestrian accidents involve:
Both drivers and pedestrians have a duty of care to prevent car accidents that could result in damages, injuries, or death. Obeying all traffic signals, being observant of other pedestrians and drivers, not being intoxicated when driving, and yielding to pedestrians at designated crosswalk locations can lower the number of motor vehicle accidents that occur each year.
The types of damages that a pedestrian will experience will be based on the speed of the vehicle and the impact of the vehicle striking the person. Other secondary injuries can also occur when the pedestrian is flung from the vehicle and strikes a solid, unyielding object such as the road, another vehicle, poles, sidewalks, and walls. Simply because of the tremendous difference in weight between motor vehicles and people, Pedestrians’ personal injuries can range from simple bruises and scrapes to more serious spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, torn ligaments, bone fractures, and sometimes even wrongful death.
As a pedestrian, when filing a personal injury claim against an insurance company, you can claim a range of damages that are similar to the ones if you are a driver or passenger in a vehicle that has experienced an accident. You may make claims for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. You can also make a claim for the loss of enjoyment of life. In many instances, such as medical expenses and lost wages, you could receive compensation for both present and future expenses.
The only one who will be able to tell you for sure what you may be entitled to claim is a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer that has dealt with these types of cases before.
You may be eligible to file a claim for financial compensation due to driver negligence, medical malpractice, premises liability issues, and more.
The first thing that you should do when you’re in a pedestrian accident is to seek medical attention for any injuries. Next, you want to gather evidence about the accident scene and the events that led up to the accident to help prove the driver’s liability. Gather police reports, eyewitness testimonies, accident photographs, and the driver’s personal information as well as insurance information.
If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, you or someone who witnessed the accident should try to record details about the vehicle that left the scene. Write down the driver’s license plates, the make/model/year of the vehicle, and the driver’s description to help the police locate the fleeing driver.
With all of your medical bills, photographs, police reports, and other documentation, you can then file a claim with the insurance company. This, however, is best done with the help of an experienced car accident attorney. You should be able to prove the driver’s liability, and negligence, your damages, and the proximate cause of the driver’s actions that resulted in you obtaining damages from the accident.
Pedestrian accidents aren’t typical personal injury cases and aren’t always open-and-shut claims cases. Insurance companies may deny claims because they believe you, the pedestrian, was at fault or you couldn’t prove that your damages were related to the accident. Even if you have the claim accepted, you may not be sufficiently compensated because the insurance company believes you were partially at fault.
You have to remember that even if they try to seem helpful and friendly, an insurance company’s purpose is not to help the accident victim, it is to make a profit and keep their costs down as much as they can. That means denying claims and paying out as little as poss as often as possible.
Obtaining legal help can help you in a number of ways if you or a loved one has experienced a pedestrian accident or bicycle accident with a motor vehicle An experienced personal injury attorney can ensure that your claim is filed correctly and within the necessary statute of limitations deadline.
The law offices of DuBoff And Associates has more than 45o years of experience dealing with personal injury and motor vehicle accident cases. Our law firm will work tirelessly to make sure that your case is fully investigated and that you receive the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled to your injuries. If you’ve been injured anywhere in the Maryland or Washington D.C. area including, Baltimore, Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Bethesda, Rockville, Prince George’s County, Hyattsville, College Park, Wheaton, Bowie, Frederick or other surrounding areas, our team of car accident lawyers can help you.
You can contact us anytime online or call 866-640-6665 to set up an appointment. We’ll be happy to give you a free consultation and confidential case evaluation to let you know exactly what we can do to help you.