Many people in Maryland walk to their destination. Walking is a healthy, cost-efficient, and, generally, safe means to get from place to place. However, walking is not without risk, and if you are injured in a pedestrian accident, there is a very good chance you are now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, and more. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:
What causes pedestrian accidents?
Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents are as follows:
- Inclement weather conditions
- Unmarked crosswalks
- Quiet cars striking unsuspecting pedestrians
- Inadequate lighting
- Overgrown vegetation
- Backing-up accidents
Unfortunately, though there are numerous potential causes of pedestrian accidents, the most common cause is, unsurprisingly, driver negligence.
What are some examples of driver negligence?
Some examples of driver negligence are as follows:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Texting and driving
- Smoking while driving
- Eating while driving
- Driving while drowsy
- Unsafely changing lanes
- Ignoring traffic lights and signs
- Disregarding other rules of the road
How do I recover compensation following a pedestrian accident?
To recover compensation, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. An experienced attorney can help you do so.
How can I prove another party’s negligence?
You and your attorney may take several steps to prove another party’s negligence caused your injuries. For example, you may recover security camera footage of your accident, pictures of the accident or its aftermath, witness statements verifying your claim, police reports, and more. Additionally, you must always seek medical assistance immediately after your accident, as a physician will treat your injuries accordingly and provide you with medical documentation regarding the extent of your injuries.
What is the statute of limitations in Maryland?
The statute of limitations in Maryland is three years, meaning you have three years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim. If you fail to do so, you will lose out on your right to financial compensation, no matter how bad you need it. This is why you must hire a knowledgeable attorney as soon as you can.
Contact our experienced Maryland firm
If you have been injured in an accident and wish to speak with an attorney about your best course of action, contact the Law Offices of Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC today.
Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC is comprised of experienced personal injury, criminal defense, and family law attorneys. Our firm is proud to serve clients in Baltimore, Maryland. If you require strong legal representation that will fight to protect your future, contact the attorneys at Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC to schedule a consultation.