When car, truck, or SUV accidents occur on Maryland roadways, the drivers and passengers aren't always the only ones injured or killed. Unfortunately, pedestrians can also suffer personal injury or death if they are struck during a motor vehicle accident.
Maryland accident lawyers Butschky, Ehlers & Butschky represent clients injured in auto, truck, and motorcycle accidents throughout the Maryland and Mid-Atlantic area -- including people hurt or killed in auto-related pedestrian accidents.
We only represent plaintiffs who have been hurt in auto accidents and related pedestrian accidents -- not those at fault. This allows us to focus entirely on relieving our clients of the burden of pursuing an insurance claim or litigating for compensation for their injuries. Please contact us for a free evaluation if you think you have a pedestrian accident claim.
Maryland Pedestrian Accident Fatality Statistics
In 2007, a total of 116 pedestrians were killed as a result of Maryland traffic accidents. A large percentage of these auto-related pedestrian deaths occurred in Prince George's County, followed by Baltimore County, Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County, Charles County, with others occurring around the state. (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts Maryland, 2003-2007)
Nationally, in 2007, a total 4,654 pedestrians were killed and at least 70,000 were injured in pedestrian accidents with motor vehicles -- though the actual number of injuries may be higher, as some do not get reported or categorized as pedestrian accidents when people receive medical treatment. (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts on WalkingInfo.org)
Maryland Law and Pedestrian Safety
Pedestrians walking on the sidewalk, alongside the road, or crossing the street (inside and outside of crosswalks) may be seriously injured or killed when struck by a motor vehicle. The driver may be held liable if he or she was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, or otherwise operating a vehicle negligently or recklessly.
Baltimore, Maryland, is installing speed cameras at school and construction zones, in hopes of catching speed limit violators and making those places safer for pedestrians, construction workers, and drivers. Work zones and breakdown lanes are dangerous places for people to be on foot, if a speeding or out-of-control vehicle veers into their path.
Despite a national movement called "Move Over, America," which asked states to require drivers to move over or slow down when they see emergency vehicles on the roadside, Maryland is one of only three states not to have a law on the books. More than 150 law enforcement officers have been killed since 1999 after being struck by motor vehicles on our nation's roadways (WashingtonPost.com, June 2009). This does not include construction accidents where workers have been injured or killed due to cars swerving into their work zones.
Maryland Hit and Run Accidents
Unfortunately, sometimes when a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, the operator of the car may flee the scene. Hit-and-run accidents are very common. In car-pedestrian accidents such as these, when the driver is not apprehended -- or if the driver is caught but carries no insurance -- the injured person would make a claim under the terms of their own insurance policy, which provides ‘uninsured motorist’ coverage for such situations.
Important Note: Maryland is one of the few states that still uphold a "contributory negligence" law. This strict law basically states that no recovery is possible if one contributes even 1% to an accident. Even if the ‘at fault’ party is 99% to blame, one cannot make a recovery in Maryland if it can be proven that he/she in any way contributed to the occurrence.
If you've been injured in an auto-related pedestrian accident in Maryland...
- Seek immediate medical attention and document your injuries.
- Get all the information you can about the other party or parties involved.
- Note the details on the circumstances surrounding the accident.
- DO NOT speak to an insurance company representative if they contact you! This is very important, as injured pedestrians can be misled into giving statements that may be used to deny their claim.
- Contact Butschky, Ehlers & Butschky for a free consultation to see if you may have a legitimate claim or case against a responsible third-party.
We are well versed in Maryland personal injury law and we know how to work within the insurance system, which can be daunting for people who are unprepared for what the system demands of them. As your pedestrian and auto accident lawyers, we will take that worry away and handle all the legal paperwork and proceedings -- so you can recover from your injuries and get on with your life.
To schedule a complimentary consultation, please call us at 410-472-3651 or 800-722-6616, or send us an email. (Mention you found us on the Internet for a special discount.)