Accidents between motor vehicles and pedestrians are common in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. areas. In fact, in Maryland alone, there are over 100 fatal pedestrian accidents each year. Of course, this does not take into account the hundreds of other pedestrian accidents that result in serious injuries. In part, the high frequency of pedestrian accidents in the area is due to the many mixed-use roads in busy urban and suburban areas across the region.
Most pedestrian accidents are preventable, and most of the time, the responsibility to prevent the accident falls on the driver of the vehicle. This is because motorists all assume a duty to those around them to operate their vehicle in a safe manner. Of course, this duty requires that motorists keep an eye out for pedestrians and obey all traffic laws in place to protect them. When a motorist violates this duty, the pedestrian may be able to seek monetary compensation from the motorist thought a Maryland or Washington, D.C. personal injury case.
In both Maryland and D.C., however, there are some strict rules in place regarding which accident victims are entitled to recovery. For example, if an accident victim is determined to have been at fault in the accident, they will be prevented from recovery. This stands true even if the pedestrian is determined to be just 5% at fault. Any fault assigned to the pedestrian could destroy their case.
Teen Killed After Being Struck on Route 301
Earlier this month, an 18-year-old was killed when he was struck by a passing car on Route 301 near Church Hill. According to one news report covering the tragedy, the accident occurred on Route 301 northbound in the evening hours.
Evidently, the young man was walking in the road at the time of the accident. It is unclear if he was in a crosswalk, on the shoulder, or in the middle of a lane of travel. After the collision, the teen was thrown into the grassy median nearby. Emergency crews loaded the teen into a helicopter that took him to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries the next day.
Police have not yet charged the driver with any traffic or criminal offense, but the accident is under investigation.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland or D.C. Car Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in any kind of Maryland or Washington, D.C. car accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. However, with the strict rules in place in Maryland and Virginia, it is imperative to your case’s success that you discuss your case with a dedicated personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free consultation with a dedicated attorney who will discuss your case with you at no cost. In fact, you will not be responsible for anything unless we are able to help you obtain the recovery you deserve.
More Blog Posts:
The Importance of Naming All Potentially Liable Parties in a Personal Injury Lawsuit, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published September 6, 2016.
Court Affirms Jury’s Defense Verdict in Low-Speed Rear-End Collision, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published September 20, 2016.