Pedestrian-auto accidents occur more often than one would imagine. When they do the results can be catastrophic — injuries from simple scrapes and bruises to fractures, head and spine injuries. Very serious injuries. Our firm, Lebowitz & Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers represents all manner of clients, including the families of victims killed as a result of automobile accidents. As experienced car accident attorneys, we know the proper way to approach personal injury lawsuits to the best advantage of our clients. A pedestrian accident in downtown Baltimore last month is a painful reminder of how the simple act of crossing a street on foot can take a terrible turn for the worse.
According to police, a woman was struck by a Dodge Neon driven by a 71-year-old woman in the 3100 block of North Calvert Street near the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus. The accident occurred around 9 p.m. on a Friday evening. Emergency personnel were soon dispatched to the scene and the victim was rapidly transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital, however she was pronounced dead around 11 p.m. that same evening. The driver of the car stayed at the scene, according to news reports.
A preliminary investigation by Baltimore City police indicates that the victim may have been crossing the street against the traffic light. To complicate matters, police added that the weather also may have contributed to the incident, in that visibility for the driver may have been reduced to some extent.
To say the least, the death of any individual is a tragic and regrettable event. Furthermore, a preventable traffic fatality is even more painful for the families of victims such as this woman. Although no charges had been filed against the driver at the time of the news reports, the victim’s family should have at least consulted with a qualified legal professional to understand their rights. Especially if the victim was the sole breadwinner for the family, it may be essential to the well-being of her immediate relatives.
Woman Struck, Killed Near JHU Homewood Campus, WBALTV.com, August 22, 2009