Baltimore Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Being the victim of a pedestrian collision can feel like a hopeless situation. While you may have been taken away in an ambulance, the driver who hit you was unscathed. They were probably able to drive home later that day as if nothing happened. Meanwhile, you have weeks or months of physical recovery to go through, a mountain of medical bills to pay, and quite possibly long lasting injuries to deal with. Pedestrians are given very little space on streets upon which the average driver pays very little attention to those on two feet. In order to make your voice heard when it comes to financial compensation, you need to work with an attorney who will aggressively and relentlessly pursue your goals. Our Baltimore pedestrian accident attorneys at Berman | Sobin | Gross LLP are here for you in your time of need.
Pedestrian Collisions Are Rising
As driver fatalities have plummeted in recent years, despite more cars on the roads than ever, pedestrian fatalities and injuries have skyrocketed. Walkers, joggers, package delivery people, shoppers carrying groceries across parking lots to their cars, and mothers pushing baby strollers all have one thing in common—they have zero protection when it comes to getting hit by a two-ton vehicle. They, unlike car occupants, are not encased in steel and cushioned by airbags. Advancements in auto safety have allowed drivers the (unreasonable) peace of mind to zone out while they drive, speed, text, and rapidly change lanes without the slightest worry about being injured. As drivers have opted for larger and larger vehicles, pedestrians are suffering the consequences—a pedestrian is twice as likely to die if they get hit by an SUV versus a car. Pedestrian fatalities have increased by over 50 percent in just the last decade according to the Governor’s Highway Association, with over 6,500 pedestrians killed in 2019, according to Car and Driver.
Common Pedestrian Injuries
Pedestrians hit by vehicles traveling over 30 miles per hour face a very high risk of being killed. And, at 40 miles per hour or more, older pedestrians are not likely to survive, according to StreetsBlog. Common injury faced by pedestrians include:
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Fractured hip;
- Fractured legs;
- Fractured arm;
- Torn ACL tendon;
- Facial injuries;
- Road rash;
- Contusions; and
- Spinal cord injuries.
Damages Pedestrians Can Recover
While pedestrians cannot receive property damage for their destroyed car, as a driver would be able to in a personal injury claim, property damage is often the smallest part of a serious injury claim. In fact, because pedestrian accidents are often much more serious than the typical car crash, victims routinely recover larger lawsuit verdicts or settlements than drivers. Pedestrians can sue for the following damages:
- Medical expenses;
- Pain and suffering;
- Lost wages and earning capacity;
- Loss of joy of life;
- Emotional distress; and
Call Our Baltimore Pedestrian Injury Attorneys Today
Proving that the driver was at fault may be difficult if you were injured in an act of road violence as a pedestrian, as many parties, including the police who did the official crash investigation in your case, are biased against pedestrians. To ensure that you are treated fairly and you receive the compensation you deserve, call the Baltimore pedestrian collision attorneys at Berman | Sobin | Gross LLP today at 800-248-3352 to schedule a free consultation.