As a pedestrian crossing the street and walking on sidewalks, you are far more vulnerable than anyone in a moving vehicle.
As a result, accidents do happen, and in a split second, you could find yourself injured, in need of medical treatment, and unable to work. If you have been the victim of an accident as a pedestrian, you will need to file a claim with the responsible driver’s insurance company. The problem is that many drivers are slow to admit fault (if they ever do), and insurance companies are often reluctant to offer a fair and reasonable settlement.
It is the insurance company’s #1 priority to pay out as little as possible, which can lead to the insurance adjusters blaming you, the victim, for your own injuries (even when you’ve done nothing wrong)! When this happens, you need a Maryland pedestrian accident lawyer to fight for your legal rights.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Many roads in the state of Maryland are built to favor drivers, not pedestrians. This, combined with driver error, contributes to many pedestrian accidents. According to Capital News Service, 138 pedestrians were hit on University Boulevard in Langley Park between 2009 and 2016.
According to the Center for Disease Control, some other factors that cause pedestrian accidents are nighttime driving, speeding, and driving while impaired. Busy roads have a higher likelihood of pedestrian accidents. Even when all proper precautions are taken by the pedestrian, driver error can still result in an accident and serious injury.
What to Do If You Are a Pedestrian Accident Victim
If you have been the victim of a pedestrian accident and have been struck by a moving vehicle, call 911 and seek immediate medical attention. Get the name and insurance information of the driver and make sure to file a police report. Do not attempt to deal with at fault driver’s insurance company on your own. They are not on your side and will do everything in their power to offer you a lowball settlement or deny your claim entirely.
Insurance adjusters are not above blaming the victim and have a team of lawyers on their side whose primary job is to find ways to reduce the dollar amount paid to victims of pedestrian accidents (just like you). Contact a Maryland pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as possible to learn your rights.
Maryland Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
The Lapidus Law Firm is a team of experienced lawyers who know how to advocate for our clients. We have over forty years of experience in representing injured pedestrians and communicating with insurance companies.
We will work tenaciously with one goal: to get you a fair, reasonable settlement. Plus, we will communicate with the insurance company, so you don’t have to. Contact our team today at 301-852-7500 for your free, no obligation consultation.
The insurance company has a skilled team of dedicated attorneys on its side, and it’s about time you do, too.