Everyone who decides to take a walk is at risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, there were 4,092 pedestrian fatalities caused by being struck by a vehicle - car, truck, or motorcycle. That same year, more than 70,000 pedestrians were injured. There are some people who are more at risk of being involved in an accident with a vehicle than others.

Personal injury lawsuits almost always result when someone's negligence towards another person causes bodily injury or harm. In Maryland, in order for you to prevail with your personal injury claim in a pedestrian accident, you must prove that you have been injured by another party's careless or reckless actions or inaction. You must also prove that your case does not involve contributory negligence. Maryland's laws place a high duty of care on the pedestrian, and Maryland pedestrian accident attorneys often encounter this issue of contributory negligence in its crosswalk laws. It is important to understand Maryland's laws regarding pedestrians so that you won't be in a situation where you're on the wrong side of the law in your pedestrian accident claim.

At Oropeza Law Firm, LLC., we will provide you with a pedestrian accident attorney who will take care of all the interactions between insurance companies so that you can focus on healing and recovery. Pedestrian accidents can involve especially severe injuries, and it is our highest priority that you or your loved one seeks and receives appropriate medical treatment while your pedestrian accident attorney represents your interests and seeks the compensation you deserve for your sufferings - bodily injuries, property damage, lost wages, and pains and sufferings.

We understand the confusion that can follow a pedestrian accident, but if you follow the steps below, you could help your pedestrian accident attorney to best represent your interests and seek maximum compensation for your sufferings.

  • At the scene of the accident: Gather as much information as possible about the pedestrian accident - photographs of the scene and injuries and damaged property, location, time, parties involved (including names, license plates, insurance information, contact information), nature/cause of the accident, witnesses present, police officers at the scene.
  • After the accident: If you suffer injuries of any kind as a result of your accident, seek any/all medical attention necessary. It is important for you to get checked out even if you don't immediately notice an injury, as symptoms do not always present right away. Our highest priority as your pedestrian accident attorney is that you seek and receive appropriate medical treatment and recover from injuries related to this accident.

Due to the various laws in Maryland related to pedestrians and their duty of care, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer or pedestrian accident lawyer who can navigate these laws on your behalf while you or your loved one recovers.

Due to the Statute of Limitations in Maryland (see below), it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer or pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as possible so that your claim can be filed.

Statute of Limitations in Maryland:

An important note related to pedestrian accidents in Maryland is that a claim must be filed within three years of the date of the pedestrian accident in order for compensation to be sought and received. If your claim is not filed in time, you will not be able to receive compensation for any damages from the accident, whether they be bodily injuries, property damages, or other pains and sufferings. For this reason, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney or pedestrian accident attorney who will be able to represent your interests during this difficult time so that you can move past this incident as quickly as possible and receive the compensation that you deserve.