Let a Baltimore Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Help With Your Claims
In Baltimore, pedestrians who are simply crossing the street, even at designated crosswalks, jogging alongside the street, walking through a parking lot, or walking on the sidewalk, are struck by motor vehicles of all types. Clearly, a pedestrian does not have the protection of a seat belt, the steel protection of a car, or even the safety of a motorcycle helmet.
If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident, contact a Baltimore pedestrian accident lawyer at the Law Office of John J. Leppler for help. We understand the law and are ready to fight for the rights to all of your financial compensation.
Types & Causes of Baltimore Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents are rarely the pedestrian’s fault. Some common reasons for pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted Driving and Texting. Drivers who are busy with other things while driving are less likely to notice when pedestrians suddenly appear.
- Drunk Driving. Impaired drivers are more likely to fail to notice a pedestrian who is crossing the street.
- Left-Hand Turns. Left turns are problematic for both pedestrians and drivers. Many drivers are more concerned with getting through the intersection than with watching out for pedestrians crossing the road.
- Failing to Use Crosswalks Appropriately. Crosswalks allow pedestrians on busy corners to cross. However, failing to pay attention to these signals or jaywalking across an unmarked crossing is a common reason for many pedestrian accidents.
- Children. Children commonly do not appreciate the risk of running in and around the street. Additionally, because children are smaller than adults, it can be difficult for drivers to see them if they dart out between two cars, particularly parked cars.
- Bicycle Accidents. Bicycles and pedestrians don’t mix well. Both have trouble seeing oncoming traffic, and both are difficult to see by automobile traffic. Fortunately, bicycle-on-pedestrian accidents cause relatively little damage.
Dangerous Crosswalks in Downtown Baltimore
Every metropolitan area has its share of dangerous intersections, and Baltimore is no exception. Some of the most dangerous crosswalks in Baltimore include:
- Gwynns Falls Parkway and Reisterstown Road
- Northern Parkway at Jones Falls Expressway (JFX)
- Orleans Street at Gay & Enstor Streets
- West Cold Spring Lane at Jones Falls Expressway (JFX)
- South Monroe Street at Washington Boulevard
- West Northern Parkway at Falls Road
What To Do In a Hit and Run Pedestrian Accident?
Pedestrian hit and run accidents are very similar to typical hit and runs, except the injuries tend to be much more severe and, of course, one-sided. In the immediate aftermath, you or someone you can trust should:
- Check yourself for injuries.
- Contact law enforcement. Call 911 if you have severe or life-threatening injuries. Otherwise, contact the state highway patrol, sheriff, or local law enforcement.
- Exchange contact and insurance information with any witnesses, including full names and contact information, along with the location of the accident. Take phone video for simplicity’s sake.
- Document the accident. Take photos of all your damages and injuries.
- Record the names and badge numbers of the assisting officers and get a copy of the police report, if possible.
- Contact a Baltimore pedestrian accident lawyer at the Law Office of John J. Leppler before you speak with your insurance company.
- Do not speak to anyone about the accident, except to give very basic information.
- Avoid social media and do not agree to any insurance company’s request for a recorded or signed statement.
Contact a Baltimore Pedestrian Accident Lawyer to Schedule a Free Consultation Today
The Law Office of John J. Leppler provides the kind of personal attention that you can’t find at large firms, such as 24/7 accessibility and attention to detail throughout the legal process, free, no-obligation consultations, no fees charged unless you win, same-day responses to messages, an aggressive approach for dealing with insurance companies and opposing attorneys, and personalized attention your unique circumstances.
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident in Baltimore, first seek immediate medical attention, then contact a Baltimore pedestrian accident lawyer either by email or by phone at 443-955-1989 for a same-day response, even before you contact your insurance company. We will handle your claims with the kind of personal attention we’ve become famous for. Contact us today for a free consultation.