When pedestrians and drivers must share the road, accidents are bound to occur. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are rather common and they can be incredibly severe. As a result, it is important to know what causes pedestrian accidents, how to avoid them, and what to do in the event that you are injured in an accident. Read on to learn more about pedestrian accidents in Maryland.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents can be caused by any number of factors. Some examples include inclement weather, hazardous road conditions, and faulty car parts. But, for the most part, these accidents are caused by driver or pedestrian negligence. The most common examples of negligence include:
- Drivers who are distracted, reckless, or careless
- Intoxicated drivers
- Speeding drivers
- Driving without headlights at night or in the rain
- Drivers’ inability to see pedestrians in the road due to obstructed visibility
- Pedestrians who fail to use the crosswalk
- Pedestrians who do use the crosswalk but are unaware of cars
- Distracted pedestrians
What Do I Do After an Accident Occurs?
If you are involved in a pedestrian accident, there are a few important steps you should take:
- Seek medical attention. If you have been struck by a car, it is likely that you are injured. It is important to go to the hospital, even if you do not feel like you have been seriously injured. At the hospital, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
- Take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. This is one of the most important things you can do when it comes to a personal injury case.
- Gather the contact information of the driver. Additionally, obtain the contact information of any bystanders who may be able to provide witness statements down the line.
- Make sure you file your personal injury claim on time.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you wish to pursue legal action, you will have to make sure to file your claim in time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years. If you fail to file within three years from the date of the accident, you will most likely lose your opportunity to recover compensation. To avoid missing any important dates, contact a personal injury attorney to help you with your case.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact our firm to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney.
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