Pedestrian accidents are among the most gruesome types of auto accidents, as pedestrians are barely, if at all, protected from the elements, much less other motorists. If you are someone who was struck as a pedestrian, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help you heal. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced Maryland personal injury attorneys to learn more about pedestrian accidents and how our firm can help if you’ve been hurt in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How do pedestrian accidents happen?
Pedestrian accidents occur for a wide array of reasons, such as poor weather conditions causing drivers to slide off the road and into pedestrians. They can also occur because of poor road conditions, however, they are generally the result of driver negligence. When motorists drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, text while driving, or otherwise disobey the rules and regulations of the road, there is a very good chance that a serious accident can occur. If you are an injured pedestrian, there is a very good chance that you will be entitled to financial compensation.
What should I do if I am struck by a car and injured as a pedestrian?
If you are injured as a pedestrian, you may not be able to do anything other than wait for the police and an ambulance to arrive. However, if you are physically capable, you should attempt to take the following steps to document the incident:
- Call the police.
- Ask the driver for his or her insurance information.
- Take pictures of the scene of the accidents, as well as of your injuries.
- Ask anyone who saw your accident for their name and phone number.
- Seek medical treatment and obtain all medical documentation concerning your injuries from your physician.
- Hire an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney who can work to uncover various forms of evidence, including security camera footage of your accident to satisfy the burden of proof.
How long will I have to sue for an injury in the state of Maryland?
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, you must not wait to file your personal injury claim, as there is a statute of limitations in place that regulates the amount of time a wrongly-injured party has to sue. The statute of limitations in Maryland is three years, which means you must file your personal injury claim within three years of the date of your accident. If you wait any longer, you will most likely lose your right to sue.
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The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented injured clients throughout the state of Maryland for almost 30 years. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence and require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.