pedestrians crossing

Maryland and the District of Columbia recognize a dual right to the road for both pedestrians and vehicles. Pedestrians are arguably the most at-risk users of streets and roads, because they are completely unprotected in the event of a motor vehicle collision.

When a pedestrian accident occurs due to the negligence of a driver, the injured pedestrian may have a legal claim for compensation in Maryland or D.C. In some cases, an at-fault driver’s insurer may try to deny liability or discount your losses. In these cases, it can be critical to have a dedicated, knowledgeable pedestrian accident attorney on your side.

Charles County pedestrian accident attorney Matt Trollinger has helped victims of pedestrian accidents throughout Maryland and D.C. seek compensation and justice for their injuries.

Contact our pedestrian accident lawyer today to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your rights and options.

What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident in Maryland or D.C.

If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident, the first thing you should do is call 911 for emergency medical help and to summon the police. The police report may provide information that could be critical in establishing responsibility for the accident. The police will also collect contact and insurance information for any drivers involved in the accident.

You should obtain medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you decline emergency medical care at the scene of the accident, you should follow up with a doctor shortly afterward. While symptoms of injuries you may have suffered in the accident may take time to manifest themselves, a physician may be able to identify your injuries through examination.

Prompt medical attention means not only that you begin treating your injuries more quickly, but also that you are better equipped to argue that your injuries were caused by the accident.

If possible, you should take photographs of the accident scene. If you can take photos at the time of the accident, try to capture the positions of vehicles before they are moved, any damage to vehicles, skid marks on the road, crosswalks and traffic controls, road surface conditions, and lighting and weather conditions.

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