Every year, numerous pedestrians are killed or injured in traffic incidents. Especially in our cities and larger towns, foot traffic is at an all-time high and more incidents are reported than ever. Unfortunately, these incidents can end terribly. If you have been struck by a vehicle or lost a loved one because of a pedestrian accident, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced attorney. If the accident was caused by negligence you may be entitled to compensation for the financial, physical, and emotional toll. Timian & Fawcett, LLC is an experienced pedestrian accident law firm serving Prince George’s County, Maryland, and the greater DC Metro Area. We recognize how significant these legal matters can be. We are dedicated to fighting for the future of our clients. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC for a free consultation today.
What causes a pedestrian accident?
A variety of situations can lead to pedestrian accidents. One of the biggest proponents of these incidents is negligent driving. Some examples of negligent driving include the use of electronic devices without hands-free technology, reckless driving, driving under the influence, and careless maneuvers, just to name a few. Some incidents are caused by road conditions, including the weather and surface issues. Another cause of pedestrian accidents is obscured visibility. In these cases, cars and pedestrians can’t adequately see each other. This can be an issue when there are parked cars, signs and other objects placed at the curb, overgrown vegetation, and even a lack of overhead lighting.
The results of pedestrian accidents
It is no surprise that when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, the consequences can be horrific. With no protection at all, a pedestrian can suffer from head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, soft tissue damage, lacerations, broken bones, and even death. Obviously, this legal matter is complicated. It is important to discuss your situation with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney.
Pedestrian accident claims
Finding the responsible party can be difficult. While many accidents are caused by the negligence of the driver, it is not always the case. There could be multiple factors at play that could impact liability, including the fault of a third party. Whatever the situation, the plaintiff will need to prove negligence. The victim will have to prove that the driver or third party, which can include a private citizen or a government agency, acted negligently. In addition, the case itself is subject to its statute of limitations, which is 3 years in the state of Maryland, unless acting against a municipality, which subjects a person to a smaller window to take legal action; 1 year to file a Notice of Claim.
If a pedestrian accident case is successful, the victim or the family left behind may be entitled to compensation. These “damages” can be for both the financial and emotional effects of the accident. Economic damages can include lost wages, future earnings, and medical expenses. Noneconomic damages can include pain and suffering, the impact to one’s quality of life and the loss of consortium.
Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC
If you have been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident or lost a loved one to a pedestrian accident caused by negligence, it is important to discuss your legal matter with an experienced attorney. Timian & Fawcett, LLC in an effective personal injury law firm located in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Our firm is dedicated to the future of our clients. If you need legal advice and support in the face of uncertainty after an accident, Timian & Fawcett, LLC is ready to serve. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC for a consultation.