Across the nation, more than 4,000 people annually are injured by motor vehicles while walking on or near public roadways. Seeing that figure, it’s important to remember that Maryland has its share of pedestrian accidents involving cars, buses and commercial deliver vehicles. As Baltimore personal injury lawyers, I and my staff are experienced in the law and able to represent victims and their families in cases of severe or critical injury and even wrongful death.
While every person who ventures out in public must be cautious when crossing busy streets and intersections, drivers have an equal responsibility to look out for persons on foot as well as those riding on bicycles. Children are especially at risk, since they can be easily distracted when crossing roadways.
Sadly, accidents continue to occur, even with public awareness campaigns and traffic safety local enforcement. Not long ago, a youngster was hit by a car in Frederick County and severely hurt. According to local news reports, the 16-year-old boy was struck on a Friday evening along a stretch of Route 85 near Executive Way in Frederick.
According to police reports, the accident happened around 9:30pm when a car, driven by 22-year-old Anthony Thewes of Laurel,MD, clipped the boy who reportedly was walking in the middle of the right-hand lane. The driver told police at the scene that he did not see the boy, who allegedly was wearing dark clothes, when the right front of his ‘05 Chevy Cobalt crashed into the kid. Maryland State Police reports indicate that the teen had a reported skull fracture.
Following the crash, the boy was flown by medivac helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he was admitted into the center’s trauma unit. According to reports, the force of the impact threw the boy close to 50 feet through the air resulting in various injuries including multiple fractures and broken bones. At the time of the news report, police said they did not know why the boy was walking in the street at the time of the crash.
Teen injured in pedestrian accident facing surgery, FrederickNewspost.com, September 28, 2010