Pedestrian Accident Law Firm in Washington DC and Maryland
Our firm represents pedestrians who have been struck by a car, bus, truck or cyclist. We have the experience of going up against the big insurance companies and our goal is to help put your life back together following an accident.
Every 88 minutes a pedestrian in the United States dies in a traffic collision. In 2018, a total of 6,283 pedestrians were killed in traffic collisions in the United States. Approximately 137,000 pedestrians suffered injuries in traffic accidents.
In the District of Columbia, pedestrian fatalities represented 36% of all traffic fatalities.
During the first six months of 2017, the District saw a 133% increase in pedestrian fatalities over the same period in 2016. This represented the largest increase in the United States.
In the eight states, including the District of Columbia, that legalized recreational use of marijuana since 2012, there has been a total 16.4 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities for the first six months of 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016. All other states reported a collective 5.8 percent decrease in fatalities of pedestrians.
Smartphone use has also grown exponentially and many experts believe that this has greatly increased the number of pedestrian fatalities.
If someone else caused your injury, our accident reconstruction experts and lawyers will find the evidence. Our job is to then hold the negligent party responsible for causing you to suffer a serious injury. Contact us for a full investigation of your case in order to determine whether negligence was the cause of your injury. If there was negligence, we will find the evidence. And if you suffered a serious injury, you could be entitled to compensation for lost wages, future wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
What Every Pedestrian Should Know
A pedestrian accident can be a very frightening experience. Without the benefit of being seated inside a comfortable automobile, you can find yourself lying on pavement totally exposed to the elements and possibly further injury. If you are injured, you should remain calm. Do not panic as this usually makes things worse. After you have been treated and put the medical emergency situation behind you, contact a personal injury attorney. An attorney will make sure you have the representation you deserve in dealing with insurance companies. We have the experience it takes to represent injured pedestrians.
Most pedestrian fatalities do not happen in the crosswalk. Your chances of safely crossing the street at a crosswalk increase by leaps and bounds when you use one. It is worth walking a few extra steps to make it to the crosswalk. The risk of death is not worth the reward of immediately crossing the street no matter where you are, especially when you are within half a minute of reaching a crosswalk.
Avoid the Smartphone
Checking your social media, texts or just speaking on the phone can be hazardous to your health. You are no match for a 3,000 pound sedan going 25 miles per hour.
Most pedestrian fatalities happen at night. Wear light or reflective clothing. Carry a flashlight to make yourself even more visible.
Stay on the sidewalk and off the street to avoid a pedestrian accident. Streets are for vehicles. If there is no sidewalk, you probably should not be walking there.
Don’t walk between parked vehicles. A car whipping down the street or around the corner won’t see you in time. Go for the crosswalks.
When Should I Contact A Lawyer?
There is a time limit for initiating a personal injury lawsuit. In Washington, D.C. and Maryland you have three years from the date of the injury to make a claim. Wrongful death matters are treated differently in the District of Columbia where the time limit is two years. In Maryland, there is a three-year limitation on wrongful death cases.
When you reach out to us, your personal injury attorney will thoroughly analyze your case and conduct a full investigation to determine whether you should pursue a personal injury case.