The statistics are shocking: over 100,000 pedestrian deaths per year in pedestrian accidents. With school-aged children and the elderly at especial risk, pedestrian accidents are more of a concern than ever. Unfortunately, the vast majority of such accidents are completely preventable.
The Impact of Pedestrian Collisions
Pedestrian accidents occur due to the negligence of a driver or pedestrian. Pre-occupation or inattention, drunk driving, lack of respect for posted speed limits, and inattention to marked pedestrian zones are just a few of the causes of pedestrian accidents. The lifelong effects of pedestrian accidents can be severe and include head and brain injuries, broken bones, disfigurement, disability and even death.
Nearly 50 percent of pedestrian injuries resulting in fatalities are thought to occur in the mid-afternoon hours when children are walking home from school. In fact, nearly 50 percent of all pedestrian accidents result in death. Children are protected by crosswalks, education on basic traffic rules, and crossing guards, but none of these safeguards can prevent a careless driver from running down an unsuspecting pedestrian.
The penalties for pedestrian accidents vary from state to state. While cases of severe negligence can have a criminal component, the victim of a pedestrian accident may also wish to pursue a civil claim in order to collect damages related to the treatment of injury, its future costs, and factors such as lost wages or mental distress. Factor such as pedestrian fault can impact the outcome of pedestrian accident cases, but unfortunately pedestrian caution can only go so far when there are negligent and reckless drivers on the road.
The Help of a Skilled Pedestrian Injury Attorney
Victims of pedestrian accidents or the families of those who have died in a pedestrian accident have only a limited time in which to file a Maryland wrongful death lawsuit. It is important to seek a pedestrian accident lawyer who has experience representing personal injury claims and seeing them through to favorable conclusions such as positive jury verdicts or settlements.
The law offices of Steven H. Heisler have a long track record with pedestrian accidents and have devoted their legal practice to defending the rights of personal injury victims. If you or a loved on were hurt in a pedestrian accident, protect your rights – seek legal advice from the law offices of Steven H. Heisler now. A consultation is free, confidential, and without obligation.
$5,500,000.00 - Steve represented a 33-year-old single mother of one whose vehicle was struck head-on by a construction truck in 2002. The client suffered life threatening injuries and was in a coma for six weeks. She required two months of brain injury rehabilitation. The client currently has serious permanent disabilities as a result of the accident including short term memory loss, impaired speech, double vision, and right side paralysis.
She is unable to return to her occupation as a dental hygienist or any other occupation. Steve Heisler and his associate Keith Kauffman negotiated a $5.5 million structured settlement at mediation. Should the client reach her life expectancy the payout increases to $9.5 million.
$250,000 - Steve represented the family of a 15 year old Anne Arundel County boy who was killed when the vehicle he was a passenger in failed to negotiate a curve and struck a tree. The defendant driver was also killed. Another passenger survived the crash. The defendant driver had a $300,000.00 liability policy. Steve negotiated a $250,000.00 settlement for the family. The remaining $50,000.00 was tendered to the surviving passenger.
$800,000 - Steve represented the estate and family of a 45 year old man who was killed when the motorcycle he was riding struck a guardrail and he was catapulted down an embankment. The estate and family alleged that a vehicle in the lane to the immediate left of the man swerved into his lane and caused a collision. The defendant strongly denied any wrong doing. The case was settled at a settlement conference for $800,000.00.
$325,000 - Steve’s client, a 45 year old Sr. Program Manager, was struck by a work vehicle that failed to yield the right of way while turning left in front of the victim in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Steve’s client was thrown from his Harley Davidson and suffered multiple injuries resulting in two surgeries. Suit was filed and the case settled for $325,000.00.
$200,000 - Steve’s client, an elderly lady from West Virginia, was seriously injured when the car she was traveling in was struck by a negligent driver in Garrett County, Maryland. The lady suffered a broken back and detached retina. Steve negotiated a $100,000.00 settlement with the defendant driver’s insurance company and was successful in getting his client’s West Virginia insurance company to “stack” an additional $100,000.00 for a total settlement of $200,000.00.
$100,000 - Steve represented a five year old Eastern Shore boy who was struck by a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road while the boy was riding his bike. Steve's client suffered a traumatic brain injury and serious fractures which required him to spend an extended period of time in a rehabilitation center. The boy now has permanent brain damage. The case settled for the driver's policy limits of $100,000.00.
$95,000 - Steve represented a 36-year-old Cecil County man who was rear ended while stopped at a red light. The force of the impact was severe and his client’s vehicle was totaled. Steve’s client suffered a cerebral concussion, a C5-6 disc herniation, and a L2-3 disc protrusion. He received a 30% whole-body permanent disability rating. Steve settled the case with the insurance company for $95,000.00.