Pedestrian accidents may not be as common as car accidents, but the results can be far more devastating. they are responsible for nearly 6,000 deaths and upwards of 80,000 serious injuries each year according to the National Safety Council. These accidents typically occur when a car, bus, or truck driver fails to see a pedestrian, or is going too fast to be able to swerve out of the way. Negligent driving such as speeding, texting while driving, reckless driving, or even DUI are common causes of serious injury pedestrian accidents. Many state and local governments such as Maryland and Baltimore City have traffic laws designed to protect pedestrians in crosswalks. You do not have to be walking in a crosswalk in order to recover damages for and injury suffered. An experienced Baltimore accident lawyer can seek monetary damages for accidents occurring in parking lots, on sidewalks, and even in the middle of the street.
Pedestrian accidents due to negligent driving of another person can result in serious or catastrophic injuries. Pedestrians are incredibly vulnerable compared to automobiles and can suffer serious injuries regardless of how fast the car, truck, or bus was going at the time of impact. Being knocked down by an automobile can cause various types of serious injury such as broken bones, brain injuries, and torn ligaments. These types of injuries can require urgent medical attention, and months of expensive and time-consuming rehabilitation. The Herbst Firm will fight to have your past and future medical expenses paid for as you recover from your injuries.
Not all pedestrian accidents involve a vehicle, as injuries can occur walking through poorly marked or maintained parking lots, roads, and sidewalks. Typically the local government is responsible for maintaining sidewalks and right of ways. If the government does not perform regular maintenance on public walkways, they may become unreasonably dangerous. Large cracks and uneven surfaces can cause a pedestrian to suffer serious injuries that may result in a successful damages claim against the government. The government or a property owner may also be found at fault for an injury for failing to clean up debris from a roadway or sidewalk. Other non-automobile injury accidents can occur as the result of negligence on the part of a construction company for neglecting to safely maintain a construction site.
Accidents can happen to anyone but children and the elderly are especially vulnerable. Most pedestrian accidents occur in urban areas like Baltimore City where automobile traffic is heavy and streets are generally crowded. If you or someone you know has been injured there may be a potential claim for monetary damages. The Herbst Firm is an experienced law firm that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for free consultations. The lawyers at The Herbst Firm are standing by to give an honest evaluation of your injury case, and are prepared to put forth the effort necessary to achieve a fair settlement or verdict.