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How to Recover Compensation Following a Pedestrian Accident in Maryland

How to Recover Compensation Following a Pedestrian Accident in Maryland

While driving is generally the most common means of transportation, plenty of people all over Maryland choose to walk. Whether you are walking to your job or just for fun, if you are struck by a moving vehicle, it may change your life forever. However, hope is not lost. You may be entitled to financial compensation that can cover your medical bills, lost wages, in-home care and more. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of pedestrian accidents?

Pedestrian accidents, unfortunately, may be caused by any number of things. Very often, poor road conditions or designs, such as significant potholes, may cause vehicles to go swerving off the road. Additionally, poor weather conditions, such as heavy rain or black ice, may also cause a motorist to slide off the road and into a pedestrian. Even poor lighting or overgrown vegetation sometimes plays a role in pedestrian accidents. Unfortunately, the most frequent cause of pedestrian accidents is motorist negligence. 

How do I know if I am entitled to compensation?

If you are able to prove that another motorist’s negligence led to the injuries you are suffering today, there is a good chance you will be entitled to financial compensation. However, you must first have enough evidence of another party’s negligence to satisfy the burden of proof.

How can I prove another motorist’s negligence?

If you believe you were injured due to another party’s negligence, the most important thing you can do is hire an experienced attorney who is ready to fight for your compensation, tooth-and-nail. However, the first thing you should do following an accident is to take a look around and see if there are any witnesses. If there are, you should ask them for their name and phone number or email so they may help verify your claim. Next, you should see if anyone recorded the incident, or if there are any security cameras nearby that may have captured the accident on their own. Additionally, and rather obviously, you must seek medical attention right away. A medical professional will treat your injuries and provide you with medical documentation containing the details of your injuries, which you may also use as proof. Lastly, limit your social media posting, or cease posting altogether once your file your claim. Insurance companies will be monitoring your social media accounts, so do not give them an opportunity to say you posted something that contradicts your claim. 

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The attorneys at Timian & Fawcett, LLC provide effective legal services to clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C. and all of Maryland. Our firm is dedicated to our clients. If you need our help, we are ready to serve. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.

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