In a busy city like Baltimore, it’s common to see many people opting to walk to their destinations, whether they’re going to work, running errands, exercising, or enjoying the city. Pedestrians can follow all the rules to keep them safe, like only crossing at crosswalks and staying on the sidewalks, but even this doesn’t guarantee their safety. Negligent drivers may fail to look or stop in time to avoid pedestrians and get in accidents that cause debilitating injuries.
As a victim of a vehicle vs. pedestrian accident, you may have considerable financial stress because of piling medical costs and inability to work. You can seek help from a Baltimore pedestrian accident lawyer from Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC. We’ll do everything possible to get you the compensation you need.
Baltimore Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Overall in Maryland, there has been a five year average of 3,011 pedestrian crashes from 2012-2016. The five year average of fatal crashes was 103, injury crashes was 2,569, and property damage crashes averaged 3,011.
Baltimore City’s statistics show the dangers of being a pedestrian between the years of 2012-2016.
- Baltimore City averaged 985 pedestrian crashes in that time.
- There was a five year average of 805 injury crashes.
- The fatal crash five year average was 14.
Because many people in the city walk to their destinations year round, there is a relatively even number of crashes per month, showing that motorist negligence can occur at any moment.
Motorist Negligence Causes Pedestrian Accidents
Many pedestrian accidents could have been prevented. The main cause of these accidents is negligence from drivers.
The main forms of negligence that lead to pedestrian accidents are:
- Distracted Driving. Drivers often have their cell phones with them in the car. This leads to all kinds of distractions like texting or checking social media. They may even be using their phone’s navigation system or using it for music. In these instances, they’re distracted from what’s in front of them and can easily cause a pedestrian accident.
- Dooring. When a driver is exiting their vehicle, they rarely stop to look for anyone that’s coming. Opening the door and hitting either a cyclist or a pedestrian is called dooring, and can cause some painful injuries.
- Drifting Out of Lane. There may be a designated lane for cyclists and pedestrians, but this doesn’t mean that all drivers will follow it. They may be trying to pass another car and misjudge their distance to the person in the non-motorist lane next to them and cause a collision.
- Refusing to Stop. Some drivers aren’t paying attention or try to beat traffic and they run a stop sign or red light. While they’re focusing on the other cars, they may not notice a pedestrian who is crossing the road.
- Aggressive Driving. When drivers are aggressive, they don’t share the road. This can be precarious for pedestrians who don’t have sidewalks. Drivers that are speeding may be going too fast to notice other people walking on the road.
Whatever the reason, negligent motorists need to be held accountable for their actions. Your Baltimore pedestrian accident lawyer will fight on your behalf and do everything to prove the driver’s negligent behavior caused your injuries.
Pedestrian Injuries Can Be Catastrophic
Pedestrians have nothing blocking them to cushion the blow of an impact, which makes these injuries tend to be more severe and sometimes catastrophic. A catastrophic injury will have a lasting effect on the person and could cause major limitations with mobility in the future. A catastrophic injury could cause a person to completely change their lifestyle, including their job and favorite activities or hobbies.
Pedestrian injuries can include the following:
- Brain Injury. Without airbags or even a helmet, a pedestrian’s brain is at risk of receiving a major impact. The rattling could cause the brain to swell or bleed and the person would need immediate medical attention.
- Head and Neck Injury. Concussions and whiplash are a couple of injuries that a person could sustain in an accident. Debris like broken glass could penetrate the person’s head.
- Spinal Cord Injury. Broken parts of the spine can lead to issues with mobility in arms and legs. Paralysis is a form of a catastrophic injury.
- Dental Injuries. Crashes can hurt jaws and teeth, which are both painful injuries and will take time to heal. These injuries can impede communication and eating.
- Broken Bones. The impact of a pedestrian crash could shatter bones and cause severe nerve damage.
- Lacerations, Cuts, and Bruises. Pedestrians will probably only have their clothes to protect their skin, but in a crash it may not be enough to stop debris from causing cuts or the impact of the crash to stop major bruising.
Sometimes pedestrian crashes can have fatal consequences. If you’ve lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, you can seek justice for them with a wrongful death claim. Our team understands how painful it is to lose someone unexpectedly because another person was negligent. This can be even more stressful if you depended on your loved one financially or ran a household with them.
How Can a Baltimore Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Help You?
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, you need experienced legal representation who will examine your case thoroughly and with compassion. Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC knows what it takes to get a favorable settlement for a Maryland pedestrian accident claim.
We’ll investigate the accident to show that you weren’t at fault. A pedestrian accident lawyer will get statements from witnesses, gather evidence from the scene which includes photographs of where the accident happened, injuries, and the car. We will also look into the possibility of any cameras capturing footage of the accident and even phone records from the driver to see if they were distracted when the accident happened.
You can have peace of mind that someone is fighting for your rights and won’t settle for anything less than you deserve. Call us today at (800) 895-5333 to schedule a free consultation.