Accidents Involving PedestriansMay 1, 2018
When two cars are involved in an accident, the occupants of the vehicle are protected by the physical structure of the car, as well as the airbags and seatbelts inside the car. When a pedestrian is hit by a car, there is nothing protecting them from the impact of the vehicle. Even if the vehicle was traveling at a speed of 10 miles per hour, the victim can be severely injured. This risk of fatalities increases dramatically if a vehicle is driving 30 miles per hour or faster. If you are involved in a car accident involving a pedestrian, it is imperative that you remain calm, and focus on obtaining immediate help from police and emergency medical respondents.
Remain at the Accident Scene
Never leave the scene of an accident before police arrive, particularly if a pedestrian has been severely injured. It is natural to panic if you have hit a pedestrian with your car, but the quicker you can think clearly, calm yourself down and act. If the injured pedestrian can be moved safely, move them to a place where they cannot be injured further. Do not attempt to administer any medical treatment unless it is an emergency.
Contact the Police
Call 911 as soon as possible and report the accident. Make sure the dispatcher knows that a pedestrian has been hit so that an ambulance can be sent to the scene. At this point, it is also recommended that you contact your insurance company as well. Exchange information with the victim if they are able to speak, but avoid sharing any information besides your name, phone number, and insurance information. You may be tempted to apologize for the wreck, but this can have a negative impact on your case and could lead to a personal injury lawsuit.
Determining fault in a pedestrian accident is not always simple. In the state of Maryland, there is a pure contributory negligence rule, which means that the pedestrian cannot collect damages from the driver if they were even partially responsible for the accident. Collecting as much evidence as possible can help determine negligence. Take pictures of the accident scene, property damage, and injuries. If there were witnesses at the scene, ask if they would be willing to provide a statement to police about what they saw.
Secure Legal Representation
A skilled car accidnet lawyer can guide you through the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected. Depending on the type of car insurance you and the victim have, there may be certain limitations and exclusions. An experienced attorney can recommend the best legal course of action and protect your interests and right to compensation.
Motorists should always be aware of pedestrians, whether they are driving through a residential area or at a busy intersection. Pedestrians, as well as motorcyclists, bicyclists, young children, and people using a wheelchair are particularly vulnerable to being seriously injured if hit by a car. Always practice defensive driving and remain focused and alert whenever you are behind the wheel.
Baltimore Car Wreck Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent All Car Accident Victims
If you have been injured in a car accident involving a pedestrian, contact the Baltimore car wreck lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We are committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that you receive the financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.