People use walking as a form of exercise, for leisure, or as a method of transportation. While this is usually a safe activity, it is possible for something as simple as walking to end in an injury. Pedestrian accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, pedestrians do not have the same kind of protection that vehicles on the road are offered. It is because of this that these accidents can result in severe injuries to an individual involved. If you were involved in a pedestrian accident, it is important to retain the services of an experienced attorney who can assist your case.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
There are many different ways a pedestrian accident may occur in the state of Maryland. This can include the following factors:
- Poor weather conditions
- Unmarked crosswalks
- Inadequate street lighting
- Left-hand turns
- Dark clothing
The most common cause of pedestrian accidents is driver negligence. Driver negligence is when a person operates a vehicle in a manner that is unsafe and can endanger others. This can include actions such as driving under the influence, speeding, texting or eating while driving, driving drowsy, unsafe lane changes, and more.
People who are injured in pedestrian accidents may be able to recover significant compensation in order to cover the damages that stem from it. One source of compensation may be through Personal Injury Protection (PIP). PIP is no-fault insurance, meaning that it is available regardless of who caused the accident. This is carried by the majority of insurance policies in Maryland for those involved in automobile accidents. If a pedestrian is struck and harmed by a driver, they may be eligible to receive PIP.
In cases of driver negligence, injured pedestrians can also seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. This works to hold negligent drivers liable for their actions that caused the accident. In order to receive compensation, the injured party is required to prove negligence by satisfying the burden of proof. This can be done with evidence that shows the driver’s behavior directly caused the accident and the victim’s injuries. Evidence that can be helpful in court can include medical documentation of their injuries, pictures of the scene of the accident, a police report, witness statements, and more.
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If you or someone you love was injured in a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an experienced attorney, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today.