Involved in a Maryland Pedestrian Accident? Know Your Rights.
Hitting pedestrians while driving can have serious consequences. Not only can that person sustain serious harm, but they could also possibly die. This is especially true if you are driving faster than 30mph, though even cars going as slow as 10 mph can do serious damage to a person.
If you have been involved in an accident with a pedestrian, Albers & Associates can help you.
What Should You Do After You’ve Hit a Pedestrian?
No matter what kind of car accident you’re in, the first priority following the accident is to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Call an ambulance if someone needs it; this could mean the difference between an injury and a fatality. Once everyone is safe, you need to contact the authorities. This will include the police and the insurance providers of all involved parties. In the event that you were driving under the influence of alcohol or another substance, contact a lawyer right away if you can. Make sure to report what happened to the authorities honestly and accurately.
From that point on, you need only give your contact information to the other people involved in the accident. Do your best to minimize comments that accept fault or claim guilt, as these may come back to haunt you. If you’re not sure about how to proceed, talk to a Maryland Pedestrian Accident Lawyer.
Do Pedestrians Always Have the Right of Way?
The short answer is: No. Pedestrians are held to a standard of behavior just as drivers are. At the end of the day, these cases are all about negligence. In the state of Maryland, we have a policy known as “Pure Contributory Negligence,” which means that if the pedestrian was even slightly negligent, they cannot collect damages for their injuries and losses.
What is Negligence?
When someone causes harm to another person because they failed to use reasonable care, this is known as negligence. Negligence plays into personal injury cases pretty often, as it is rarely on purpose that we do harm to others. As a citizen of the world, you are expected to behave with reasonable care as you go about your business and when you don’t, the state of Maryland doesn’t feel that you can blame others for your misfortune. If the opposing counsel can prove that you were behaving with negligence in any way, then you may not be able to recover damages.
Work with an Attorney Who Knows Personal Injury
Albers & Associates is one of the leading firms in handling personal injury cases in Maryland. We can work with you whether you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident, a slip and fall accident, or anything in between. Contact us today to learn more and to set up a free consultation.