Pedestrian Injuries In Maryland
While many factors can lead to pedestrian accidents, one thing is for sure: Pedestrians always lose when in a crash.
It is estimated that in one in four fatal vehicle accidents in Maryland involves a pedestrian, even though pedestrian collisions make up only 3 percent of all traffic collisions. In fact, over 86 percent of all pedestrian vehicle accidents resulted in either an injury or a fatality.
With over 2,700 teenagers, adults and elderly pedestrians hit each year… the problem hits close to home.
How Our Personal Injury Lawyers Win Pedestrian Lawsuits
The Injury attorneys at Jezic & Moyse look into all aspects of traffic incidents to understand what may have led to the accident. For example, was the driver texting when they hit a pedestrian? Did the city make a change to the crosswalk that increased the dangers? Was alcohol involved?
By working hard to investigate what may have led to the crash, our lawyers provide aggressive legal representation for our clients. Jezic & Moyse is dedicated to winning payment for our clients to pay for lost income, medical bills, physical therapy and other healthcare and financial needs.
Contact our lawyers today if you need help. You should know that there are time limits on pedestrian accident lawsuits and the quicker you call us, the quicker we can get to work for you. No fee, unless we win: (240) 292-7200
Stay Alert, Baltimore & DC!
In Maryland, nine out of 10 pedestrian collisions happened in either the Baltimore or Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas. The high number of pedestrians and drivers in urban areas is a dangerous combination for those traveling on foot.
Our cities are not only more crowded with pedestrians and traffic, but there are more distractions. Higher noise levels, road construction, vehicle types (e.g., buses, scooters, bicycles, etc) can all increase the dangers that place walkers at risk.
Don’t Underestimate the Risks to Pedestrians
Did you know?
- The weekends and nighttime hours are host to the majority of pedestrian collisions.
- Around 30 percent of pedestrian collisions involved drivers aged 34 years and younger.
- 40 percent of those struck by vehicles were between the ages of 10 and 29, though 30 percent of those involved in fatal crashes were older pedestrians. between the ages of 45-59.
- Seven out of 10 pedestrian fatalities were male.
In the many years of handling injury claims, our lawyers will share that most accidents have many factors that lead to a crash. Because there are so many things to consider, don’t pre-judge who was at fault. Let our attorneys investigate the crash to figure out what happened.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
Pedestrian safety awareness is promoted to reduce pedestrian collisions in Maryland. Campaigns like Street Smart urge drivers and walkers to be better educated about pedestrian safety. Here are a few tips that are offered for pedestrians.
Be predictable – Use only crosswalks and designated pedestrian pathways for crossing streets.
Always pay attention – Be aware of the fact that a ‘Walk’ signal doesn’t necessarily mean a car isn’t coming. Always look both ways before crossing.
Avoid distraction – Focus your attention on crossing the street rather than using a phone or electronic device.
Stick to designated areas – Stay far away from roads, or if you have to walk where there is no sidewalk, walk on the side of the road facing oncoming traffic
Safety Tips for Drivers in Maryland
As we said before, pedestrians never win against a vehicle. It is the driver’s responsibility to practice safe driving for the safety of everyone on the road – including pedestrians. Here are some tips for drivers.
- Come to a complete stop at lights and stop signs.
- Always yield to pedestrians, even when it is not marked.
- Drive cautiously, especially when driving in areas with heavy traffic, like school zones.
- Avoid distracted driving at all costs. Don’t pay your attention to your phone, car stereo, GPS or any form of distraction.
- Keep your windshield and headlights clean at all times.
Injured Pedestrians Face Life-Changing Consequences
Being struck by a vehicle can leave pedestrians with disastrous injuries. These injuries can include broken bones, internal damage, spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injuries, to name just a few. Serious pedestrian injuries can even lead to permanent disability and a lifetime of medical bills, intense physical pain and emotional and psychological suffering.
If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian collision, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages.
It’s important to act quickly to hire a qualified, experienced pedestrian accident attorney familiar with Maryland laws.
At Jezic & Moyse, our Injury lawyers will work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure that your case gets the dedication it deserves. Contact Jezic & Moyse for a free consultation by calling (240) 292-7200 or by filling out our online form.