Baltimore Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Ensure Your Voice is Heard if You Have Been Injured
We Obtain Superior Legal Results For Your Injury
Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable near roadways, train tracks and subway stations. It takes only a split second for a high-speeding vehicle to seriously injure you or a loved one. Our talented team of attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC offer you strong legal representation after your pedestrian accident. We work hard to help you recover the compensation you deserve from insurance companies or from those responsible for your injury.
What Are Types Of Pedestrian Accidents?
In 2010, more than 4,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. Another 70,000 pedestrians were injured. Because pedestrians and bicyclists are unprotected, they regularly suffer life-threatening injuries when struck by motor vehicles. Common types of pedestrian accidents are:
Struck by vehicles while walking in a parking lot or parking garage
Hit by a vehicle turning or attempting to turn at an intersection
Hit by a vehicle while crossing the street
Hit while walking or jogging
Blind spot crash
Hit by vehicles backing up
Pedestrians and bicyclists have a right to safely enjoy their surroundings without having to worry about negligent drivers or malfunctioning vehicles. If you have been hurt by a motor vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation. Our Baltimore pedestrian accident attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC are experienced in various accident claims and can assist you in recouping the damages you deserve. We serve Baltimore, Howard County, Harford County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince George’s County and all surrounding areas.
What Causes Pedestrian Accidents?
Vehicles such as cars, trucks and trains strike pedestrians for many different reasons. Top causes for pedestrian accidents are:
Reckless driving – Vehicles driving at excessive speeds are a primary cause of pedestrian accidents. Frequently, high-speeding cars and trucks cannot stop in time after a pedestrian has entered their path.
Distracted driving – Drivers who are not focused on the road or who are using a cell phone often do not see pedestrians walking in or near their vehicle. Drivers who are not paying attention as they back up can also strike pedestrians.
Poor roadway design – Streets that are poorly designed can lead to pedestrian accidents. Highways and country roads especially, often do not have safety walls or guardrails to keep vehicles from hitting pedestrians.
Unmarked crosswalks – Intersections without clear crosswalk signals are a hotspot for pedestrian accidents. In addition, the lack of clearly marked pedestrian pathways at or near parking lots can lead to serious accidents.
Drunk driving – Impaired drivers commonly fail to see pedestrians or are unable to control their vehicles resulting in serious pedestrian injuries and deaths.
Lack of walking paths – Communities are frequently developed without adequate walking and bicycle paths. This causes pedestrians to walk closer to the road and increases their chance of being hit by vehicles.
Lack of safety education – Many negligent drivers are unaware of pedestrian and bicycle safety laws and regulations due to lack of education and training. They fail to give pedestrians the required amount of space and the correct right-of-way.
When a pedestrian and a vehicle collide, the resulting injuries can be serious or even fatal. Common injuries pedestrians face include: