Have you heard the phrase distracted driving? It refers to motorists who are not paying sufficient attention to what is around them, and it is a major cause of serious injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists. The common refrain is, "I never saw them in the crosswalk." That may be because the driver was too absorbed changing the channel on the radio or applying makeup.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that more than 5,000 U.S. residents are killed each year in car/pedestrian accidents, with another 60,000 seriously hurt.
Some of the worst injuries are to children, injured in crosswalks. Drivers claim that the child was "darting into traffic." But drivers are obliged to be on the lookout for children all the time.
Maryland Bicycle Injury Attorneys
Pedestrian injuries don't make the papers, but they are frequent, and they change people's lives. A car striking a person on foot or riding a bike is no contest. The outcome for the person can be anything from severe lacerations, crushed spine, traumatic brain injury, quadriplegia — a terrible thing to happen because the person behind the wheel is talking on the cellphone.
Maryland law makes it illegal to drive while on the phone, while texting or while using a handheld. As a result, injured persons are entitled to sue for punitive damages as well as medical costs and lost pay. It is not unusual for punitive damages to exceed all other damages.
Injured In The Crosswalk
Were you struck by a car while you were out walking, or riding a bicycle? You may be entitled to compensation. For a free first-time personal injury consultation with the lawyers at RGPH, call the Bowie pedestrian accident attorneys at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott, LLC, at any of these three numbers:
- 24-hour hotline: 240-893-RGPH (240-893-7474)
- Local office number: 301-850-7349
- Toll-free number: 800-237-3137