No one ever expects that they will be hit by a car – especially not while they are inside of a store or restaurant. However, statistics show that thousands of pedestrians are injured or killed in accidents every year. A disproportionate number of pedestrian accidents happen in cities like Baltimore, where fast-moving traffic, aggressive drivers, and hectic intersections can make it dangerous to simply cross the road.
If you or one of your family members was hit by a car in Baltimore or elsewhere in Maryland, the Law Offices of Randolph Rice can help you pursue compensation for your injuries. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. Talk to an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer about filing a claim for your injuries. For a free legal consultation, contact the Law Offices of Randolph Rice online, or call 24/7 at (410) 694-7291 for assistance.
Common Pedestrian Injuries from Car Accidents in Maryland
Unlike drivers, cyclists, and motorcyclists, who may be equipped with safety gear like helmets or airbags, pedestrians have no protection whatsoever against the impact of a vehicle. When a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, it is almost certain that the pedestrian will sustain at least minor injuries, which are likely to be serious if the vehicle is traveling at high speeds.
Some injuries occur at the moment of impact, while others occur when the pedestrian strikes the ground. For example, the initial impact may cause arm or leg fractures, while the resulting fall to the pavement causes a brain or back injury. Since there are two impacts – first the vehicle striking, then contact with the road surface – injuries are often severe.
A wide range of injuries, from the minor to the catastrophic, can result from a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian. Common examples of pedestrian injuries include:
- Back injuries or spinal cord injuries (SCIs), which can cause paralysis
- Broken bones, such as pelvic fractures or a broken collarbone
- Crush injuries, if the victim is pinned by the vehicle or trapped beneath debris
- Cuts and lacerations, which may require stitches or staples to heal
- Head injuries or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), such as a concussion or fractured skull
- Internal bleeding
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Severe bruising or contusions
- Severe scrapes and skin damage (“road rash”) caused by friction against the road surface
- Soft tissue injuries, such as sprains or strains
What Should You Do if You’re Hit by a Car?
The most urgent priority after any pedestrian accident is to receive medical care. Even if your injuries appear minor, it is important to see a doctor to exclude the possibility of hidden or internal injuries that you may be unaware of. Some injuries may not be obvious right away, especially since pain can be masked by the adrenaline released during an accident. Once the “fight or flight” response fades and adrenaline levels ebb, you may notice that your pain and discomfort grows worse.
Other than getting medical care, there are also other steps you should take after a pedestrian accident in Maryland. For example, you should try to take photographs or video footage of the accident scene, if you can do so safely. You should also report the accident to a police officer. The officer can make an accident report that, while inadmissible as evidence, will still be valuable to your claim. Your attorney can assist you with tasks like obtaining medical records, obtaining surveillance footage from nearby businesses, analyzing insurance policies, and taking statements from witnesses.
How Much Compensation Can I Get for a Pedestrian Injury in Maryland?
The answer to this question is different in every case, because of the unique variables that affect each claim. The worth of a personal injury claim involving a pedestrian accident depends on numerous factors, such as the severity of the injury, whether it causes permanent disability or impairment, and how the victim’s earning power is affected.
While most claims are settled without going to trial, it is important to have your case reviewed by an experienced attorney, especially if your injuries are catastrophic or the at-fault driver is denying responsibility. Your lawyer will help you avoid unfair or “low-ball” settlement offers, ensure that your treatment costs are calculated appropriately, scour insurance policies to make sure no coverage is overlooked, and fight to increase the worth of your accident claim.
Maryland Pedestrian Accident Attorney
No one should have to fear for their lives while they are out jogging or taking a walk. If you were hit by a car or other vehicle, you should talk to a Maryland pedestrian injury lawyer about your options for filing an accident claim.
Randolph Rice represents injured pedestrians against negligent drivers and insurance companies, including hit-and-run drivers, intoxicated drivers, distracted drivers, fatigued drivers, reckless drivers, cab drivers, Uber drivers, Lyft drivers, and commercial drivers such as truckers or bus drivers. If you or one of your family members was hurt in a pedestrian accident anywhere in Maryland, contact us online for a free legal consultation, or call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291.