Warmer weather, high gas prices, and the consistent push to reduce our impact on the environment: all common reasons you’ll see more and more people passing up the car or bus for a journey on foot. Drivers have a need to be more and more cautious while driving in order to avoid an accident with pedestrians. If you’ve been in an accident, whether you’re the driver or the pedestrian, Albers & Associates can help.
How Contributory Negligence Factors In
When someone is deemed negligent, it means they have acted without reasonable care or consideration. Contributory negligence is commonly relevant in personal injury cases and accidents. In accordance with Maryland state laws, Frederick accident victims who can be proven to have had even a slight amount of negligence at the time of the injury can have their case for pursuing damages negated.
The past belief that the pedestrian always has the right of way is no longer true. Laws have changed to ensure that accident victims whose negligence was a factor in their injury are held accountable. Cases can get tricky when negligence can be proven for both the driver and the pedestrian involved in the accident.
What To Do After a Pedestrian Accident
If you are the driver and have hit a pedestrian, it’s important to tend to yourself first. If you are in a calm mental state and do not believe you have sustained any injuries, you can get out of your vehicle and give your attention to the pedestrian. Seek medical help if they are injured, and call local law enforcement so that they can get a record of the accident.
If you are the pedestrian and have been hit by a driver, call out for someone to call emergency medical services if you are unable to call yourself. Even if there is no severe damage, it’s best to get medical treatment to rule out any non-visible or internal injuries that can become more serious if untreated. Once you have undergone a medical evaluation, call law enforcement to the scene and give them your personal account of events leading up to, during, and after the accident.
Take Action to Get the Compensation You Need
Once you have been treated for any injuries and have given the police the details of your accident, you’ll need to reach out to a trustworthy Frederick, MD pedestrian accident lawyer. At Albers & Associates, we have worked for many clients involved in this type of accident and have successfully assisted them in getting the compensation they needed to heal from their injuries. Contact us today for your free consultation.