Pedestrian Accident

Maryland Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

When you are crossing the street, you aren’t thinking of the potential car or other motor vehicle that may strike you, or the bicyclist who may run into you on the crosswalk. Instead, you’re thinking of all of the numerous things you need to accomplish for the day, getting to your destination, or anything else besides being involved in an accident. So when that accident does happen, it can be incredibly jarring, leaving you shaken and unsure what to do. Hiring an experienced Maryland pedestrian accident attorney is one of the first steps you should take if you are struck by a car while crossing the road, or even walking on the sidewalk. A lawyer will be able to take the stresses of your case, such as dealing with insurance companies and negotiating settlements, off your shoulders so you can focus on your recovery.

Common Causes of Maryland Pedestrian Accidents

The most common causes of Maryland pedestrian accident cases are distracted driving and alcohol. If a driver is not paying attention to the road and to traffic signals, there is a very high chance that they will strike a pedestrian. Texting while driving in particular plays a very large role in distracted driving accidents. This can lead to a driver going through a red light, driving up onto the sidewalk, or swerving into another lane.

Accidents caused by alcohol, whether the pedestrian or the driver, account for 47% of all pedestrian accidents. If the driver was drinking, they are more likely to swerve out of their lane and have slower reaction times, meaning, they won’t be able to stop as quickly as a sober driver would otherwise be able to. These can have serious consequences for the pedestrian, because many times the drunk driver is unaware of the speed they were traveling at the time of the accident.

Other causes can include a driver failing to stop for a pedestrian in the crosswalk (§21-502) and failing to yield the right-of-way when turning on a green signal. A pedestrian who is in the crosswalk at the correct time has the right of way. Any driver who ignores this and proceeds to travel through the intersection and strikes the pedestrian is at fault.
There are instances where a crosswalk is “unmarked”, or implied. A pedestrian has the right to use this implied crosswalk if they are facing a green signal, unless it is a turn arrow, or if the implied crosswalk is directed by pedestrian control signs. The same rules that a driver would follow for a marked crosswalk also apply for unmarked crosswalks.

Benefits of Hiring a Maryland Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Because personal injury law can be so complex and time-consuming, anyone who was injured in a pedestrian accident can easily become overwhelmed trying to handle their case on their own. A lawyer who has extensive experience with the Maryland court system, and pedestrian accidents in particular, can easily lift the burden of their case from the injured person’s shoulders, allowing them to focus solely on their recovery.

Because they have a multitude of legal resources at their disposal, including police reports, medical records, and even witness statements, a lawyer will be able to gather the facts of the case, work with an adjuster, and come up with a settlement figure that can take care of the plaintiff’s medical bills, lost income, and even assign a value to their pain and suffering. The attorneys here at Malloy Law Offices, LLC are highly skilled in all areas of personal injury law. Contact us today for your free consultation.

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