Written By Lawrence. S. Lapidus
Did you know that more than 100 pedestrians are killed, and 2,500 more are injured by motor vehicles every year in Maryland? It can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. In fact, one such tragedy occurred in Prince George’s County just days ago.
As a pedestrian, you have the same rights as any driver on the road, and safety should be paramount to anything else. If you or a loved one is injured as a pedestrian by a negligent driver, you should seek an attorney’s help as quickly as possible. The Maryland Pedestrian Accident Lawyers at The Lapidus Law Firm are here to help you.
What Are Your Rights as Pedestrians?
There are several laws in Maryland designed to protect pedestrians. While you probably already take precautions while walking, it’s always a good idea to know your rights.
- Drivers must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. As a pedestrian, you always have the right of way in a crosswalk, and by law, drivers must come to a complete stop for any pedestrian in a crosswalk.
- Cars may not pass another car that is stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
- Pedestrians have the right of way when crossing a street, even if a vehicle is turning at a green light or arrow.
- Drivers are prohibited from stopping within a crosswalk; this makes crossing the street more dangerous for pedestrians.
- Drivers must yield to pedestrians when turning on a red light.
What Happens If You’re Struck by a Vehicle?
It’s obviously important to follow pedestrian guidelines when you’re walking (crossing only on a green signal, only crossing a street in a crosswalk, etc.), but if you are hit by a vehicle, there are a few things you should do.
First, seek medical attention immediately. Even what you may consider to be a low-speed, minor injury may be more serious than you think, so call (or have someone else call) 911 without delay. Once you’ve been seen by a medical professional, contact the Maryland Pedestrian Accident Lawyers at The Lapidus Law Firm to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
What Can a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Do for You?
Our experienced attorneys will review your case and, if it’s accepted, will investigate the accident. If it’s determined that the driver was at fault in your accident, we’ll work tenaciously to get you a fair and reasonable settlement for your injuries.
If you received medical attention immediately, that could help with the legal process should you decide to file a lawsuit, as the call for an ambulance in Maryland means the police are required to file a police report. That report serves as legal documentation of the accident and your injuries.
Maryland Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Pedestrian accidents can happen even when you’re exercising caution. If you or someone you know is involved in a pedestrian accident involving a vehicle, call one of the Maryland Pedestrian Accident Lawyers with The Lapidus Law Firm at (301) 852-7500 for a free, no-obligation consultation.