Bowie Pedestrian Accident Lawyers


The girl in this photograph is running through an unmarked crosswalk. This is an unmarked crosswalk because she continued through the path of a sidewalk that was interrupted by a road.



Faded crosswalk in Upper Marlboro, near the Prince George's County Courthouse.
 



George Patterson is
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Please contact the pedestrian accident lawyers, George Patterson and Maria Patterson to schedule a free consultation to discuss your pedestrian accident case.

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The Bowie pedestrian accident lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott serve clients in Prince George's, Montgomery, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's, Howard, Anne Arundel, Queen Anne's and Baltimore Counties. Our clients are from Silver Spring, Upper Marlboro, Bowie, Forestville, Prince Frederick, Leonardtown, Annapolis, Edgewater, Rockville, Mayo, Bethesda, Germantown, Olney, Beltsville, Deale, Bethesda, Severna Park, Largo, Landover, Oxon HIll, La Plata, Waldorf, Crofton, Columbia and Chevy Chase.
The Bowie pedestrian accident lawyers, George Patterson and Maria Patterson handle pedestrian accident cases throughout Maryland.  There are dozens of factors that impact the liability or responsibilityfor the driver or pedestrian for a pedestrian accident.  Any analysis of pedestrian accident cases is not as simple as finding that a driver is liable only if he hit a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk.

The Bowie pedestrian accident lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson and Herriott look to several factors that include but are not limited to:

1. The age of the pedestrian.  Maryland is a contributory negligence state.  If a pedestrian was partially responsible for the accident they may not recover.  In Maryland, young children are incapable of contributory negligence and older children are judged by a more lenient standard than adults.

2. Was the pedestrian in a crosswalk?  Maryland law requires a driver of a vehicle to stop for a pedestrian in a marked or unmarked crosswalk when the pedestrian is on the approaching vehicle's half of the roadway or within one travel lane of the approaching pedestrian.

3. Was the pedestrian in an unmarked crosswalk?  The case law regarding unmarked crosswalks often requires the analysis of an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer. The most common example of an unmarked crosswalk is the portion of a roadway that is in between the path of a sidewalk that ends at the roadway and begins on the otherside.

4. The clothing worn by a pedestrian at night.  Pedestrians and drivers have duties to each other.  The clothing that a pedestrian is wearing at night is very important to these duties.  A pedestrian wearing dark clothing at night makes it harder for a driver to comply with their duty to see and stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk.  

5. The geography of the accident scene.  A pedestrian should cross a roadway at a safe location.  Crossing a roadway where the approaching driver has a limited sight distance due to a hill or a sharp bend in the roadway could be negligence on the part of the pedestrian.  The geography could also help the driver argue that he did not have an opportunity to see and avoid striking the pedestrian.  Likewise, a pedestrian that is crossing a long straight flat roadway should expect approaching traffic in the distance to be able to see the pedestrian and safely come to a stop.

6. The type of area where the pedestrian accident is also important.  Drivers have a duty to reduce their speed to account for numerous factors, including pedestrians.  If a pedestrian accident occurs in a city, neighborhood or rural area then the analysis may change considerably.

7. The location of the pedestrian in the roadway at the point he was struck is critical.  Was the pedestrian walking on the edge of the roadway (facing traffic or with his back to traffic), in the travel portion of the roadway or entirely off the roadway.

8.    Did the driver remain at the scene after the accident?  Fleeing the scene of an accident can be used as evidence that the driver was aware that she was negligent.

9. Was alcohol or drugs involved on the part of the driver or the pedestrian?  Alcohol or drug use on the part of either party will often make their case considerably more difficult.

10. Speed of the vehicle and the pedestrian.  The speed of the driver may often be determined by witness testimony and also by an accident reconstructionist.  Even in cases where a pedestrian is killed and the driver flees the scene a considerable amount of evidence is often left behind.  This evidence is typically sufficient for an accident reconstructionist to estimate the speed of the vehicle.  The speed of the pedestrian is often very important.  A common situation involves a teenager playing catch in a residential area.  Did the teenager run into the roadway after a ball without looking.  Insurance companies refer to this as a "dart out" case.  This situation may leave the driver with little or no time to avoid hitting a pedestrian.

11. The lighting at the time of the accident.  In areas that are well illuminated at night it will be harder for the driver to suggest that he was paying attention and did not see the pedestrian.  On dark roadways with no illumination, a pedestrian should take care to wear brighter clothing and cross roadways with greater care.  

12. Was the sun low in the horizon?  Many times drivers are blinded when the sun is low in the horizon and they fail to see pedestrians.   

13. Did the driver apply his brakes?  If so did the driver leave any skid marks.  The length of the skidmarks coupled with the injuries and distance that the pedestrian travelled after impact can be used to establish the speed of the driver.  If no skidmarks were left it will likely be more difficult for the driver to argue that he saw the pedestrian.

14. Did the pedestrian after impact land in front of the car, hit the windshield of the car or fly over the car?  These three scenarios lead accident reconstructionists to drastically different conclusions as to the speed of the driver.

15. Was the the leg broken or injured?  If so which leg?  This is important in determining the speed of the driver and the direction the pedestrian was moving at the time of the impact.

16.    The location of the pedestrian in the roadway and the location of the property damage to the vehicle.  This information is critical in determining the credibility of allegations that a pedestrian darted out into the roadway.  

17. Was the driver using a cell phone when he hit the pedestrian?  Drivers that text while driving are more likely to be distracted and strike pedestrians on the roadway as well as walking on the edge of the roadway.

The analysis of a pedestrian accident, particularly one involving a fatality is complicated.  Pedestrian accident lawyer, George Patterson has recovered on behalf of the families of pedestrians where police officers and accident police reconstructionists have placed the blame for the accident on the pedestrian.  George and Maria Patterson have litigated dozens of pedestrian accidents.   Please contact, the Bowie pedestrian accident lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson and Herriott for a free consultation at their Bowie office.  For a free consultation please call the Bowie office during work hours at 301-383-1525.  For immediate assistance afterhours or on a weekend please call the injury line at 240-893-7474.
The Bowie pedestrian accident lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott serve clients in Prince George's, Montgomery, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's, Howard, Anne Arundel, Queen Anne's and Baltimore Counties. Our clients are from Silver Spring, Upper Marlboro, Bowie, Forestville, Prince Frederick, Leonardtown, Annapolis, Edgewater, Rockville, Mayo, Bethesda, Germantown, Olney, Beltsville, Deale, Bethesda, Severna Park, Largo, Landover, Oxon HIll, La Plata, Waldorf, Crofton, Columbia and Riverdale.
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