At our law firm, we have advocated for decades for just compensation for injured Maryland pedestrians hit by motor vehicles of all types and sizes. We also represent surviving loved ones in wrongful death suits seeking justice for pedestrians who died in these kinds of accidents.
These crashes are unsettlingly common. An Internet search normally reveals several recent incidents. For example, in the past month:
- A University of Maryland student was hit by an SUV as she was crossing the road on a Sunday morning, after which she died.
- In Finksburg, a car fatally hit a 50-year-old woman walking in the evening along a road against traffic.
- On Interstate 495 near Forrestville, a vehicle hit a man changing a tire on a semi truck. He suffered “critical, but non-life threatening,” injury, according to The BayNet.
While we know nothing about who may have been at fault in these particular incidents, as a general matter, when the driver of a car, SUV, van, truck, bus or tractor-trailer hits and harms a pedestrian during driving considered negligent, reckless, aggressive or in violation of the law, the driver is normally liable for the resulting injuries.
In a personal injury lawsuit, a liable driver and his insurance company could be responsible for monetary damages to cover medical costs, pain and suffering, therapies, wage loss, long-term care and other losses.
Unfortunately, the human body is at high risk of serious, even catastrophic injury when struck by a heavy metal vehicle. Pedestrian injuries can include brain injury, spinal cord damage, other back and neck injuries, bone fractures, serious skin injuries and bruising, internal injuries and others.
Some people who survive such a crash face long-term disabilities and impairments. Of course, the ordeal can leave some victims with understandable depression, anxiety or even post-traumatic stress disorder, known as PTSD.
Anyone injured in a pedestrian accident should seek legal advice from a lawyer as soon as possible. Counsel will launch a thorough investigation of the incident, communicate with involved insurance companies for the client and work together with the client to plan a legal strategy such as a personal injury suit.
Similarly, any survivor of a pedestrian accident victim who has died should also seek legal advice as early as possible to assess a potential wrongful death action.