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What Should I Know About Pedestrian-related Auto Accidents in Maryland?

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Accidents involving pedestrians are extremely common and can cause life-threatening injuries. A variety of different circumstances can lead to pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians and drivers have to proceed with caution when on the road. If you have been involved in a pedestrian-related auto accident, reach out to an experienced Prince George’s County Pedestrian Accident Attorney to learn more about pedestrian accidents and how our legal team can help if you’ve been injured in one.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Pedestrian-related Auto Accidents in Maryland?

The most common causes of pedestrian-related auto accidents in Maryland include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Aggressive or reckless driving
  • Improperly crossing a roadway or intersection
  • Failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians
  • Failed to stop at a traffic light or stop sign
  • Failing to check for pedestrians while exiting from orienteering into parking lots or driveways

The majority of pedestrian-related auto accidents happen because of driver error and negligence. Pedestrians and Drivers have a duty to one another to abide by the rules of the road. By following the rules and regulations set forth, you can avoid pedestrian-related auto accidents.

Who is Considered a Pedestrian in Maryland?

Typically, pedestrians are defined as anyone who is not in or operating a motor vehicle. A pedestrian is considered anyone “afoot.” This includes anyone who is walking, running, skateboarding, roller skating, or in a wheelchair. With no protection at all, pedestrians are at great risk of serious injury. The consequences of a pedestrian getting struck by a vehicle can be horrific. Pedestrians are expected to exercise reasonable care and proceed with caution in traffic situations. Pedestrians should always be aware of their surroundings and avoid distractions.

What is the Statute of Limitations on a Pedestrian-related Auto Accident in Maryland?

In Maryland, if you were involved in a pedestrian-related auto accident, you have three years from the date the injury was inflicted to file a claim. If you fail to file a claim within this period, you will be barred from ever doing so in the future. You can file a claim anytime within those three years but it is always better to act quickly. If you wait too long, you could miss your opportunity to recover damages for your injuries. If you or a loved one has been bitten or injured by a dog, contact a trusted Prince George’s County Personal Injury Attorney who can help you file a claim.

CONTACT OUR EXPERIENCED MARYLAND FIRM

If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC. We provide effective legal services to clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C., and all of Maryland. 

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