Whether we are crossing the street, walking to school, the store or to work, or taking a morning run, we have good reason to expect drivers to live up to their “duty of care.” Unfortunately, speeding, failing to observe a pedestrian's right of way, disobeying stop signs or traffic signals – and, increasingly, driving while texting or being otherwise distracted – can lead to dire or tragic results.
In a pedestrian accident involving a car, truck, bus or motorcycle, the pedestrian has little chance of avoiding injuries that can range from contusions and lacerations to traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord damage. Sadly, as many as 5,000 pedestrians are killed every year.
At the law firm of Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP, we represent clients in Hanover and Annapolis, MD who have been harmed as a result of driver negligence or reckless behavior. Our attorneys are trial-tested and compassionate advocates who are not afraid to take on drivers and their insurance companies to get you the compensation you deserve and need to help you heal. While we address many issues on our Frequently Asked Questions About Pedestrian Accidents page , your case deserves individual attention.Assessing Liability in a Pedestrian Accident in the Metro-DC Area
In accidents involving pedestrians, as in almost all personal injury cases, it must be proven that negligence either caused or was a contributing factor to the accident. While drivers are most often the negligent party, there may be other reasons for a pedestrian accident, including poor maintenance of roads, sidewalks or parking lots. To file a successful pedestrian accident lawsuit, our Hanover, MD attorneys analyze evidence to show that:
- You (the plaintiff) were owed a legal duty by the negligent party (the defendant)
- The defendant failed in his or her duty by either conduct or circumstance
- The defendant's conduct or circumstance caused an accident
- You were injured as a result
In addition to a driver’s responsibility to be attentive to his driving and to road conditions, to obey traffic laws, and to yield the right of way where required, drivers have a special duty of care where children are involved. Drivers who are negligent or drive recklessly in areas where children are most likely to be present – such as residential areas or near schools and parks – may bear additional responsibility. By providing legal assistance in Anne Arundel County and Montgomery County — and greater Washington, DC — the attorneys at Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP have in-depth knowledge of the laws surrounding accidents involving pedestrians. Count on us to fight hard to get you the maximum amount of compensation for your injury.
Contact us to discuss your needs and your case in Maryland
To schedule a free consultation to discuss your needs with a Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP attorney, please contact us online or call us at (443) 749-5111. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day. We serve clients throughout the region.