Prince George's County Pedestrian Fatality

Bowie Lawyer, George Patterson obtained a policy limits offer on behalf of the family of a man that was struck and killed by a car as he attempted to cross Route 202 at night near Fed-ex field.  George Patterson's client was a pedestrian that was not walking in a crosswalk and was dressed in dark clothing.   The driver was charged with failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision.  George Patterson filed a wrongful death claim on behalf of the family of the pedestrian.  The insurance company argued that the pedestrian was contributorily negligent as a matter of law for crossing a street at night, wearing dark clothing and outside of a crosswalk.  The Prince George's County police performed an accident reconstruction that found that George Patterson's client negligently attempted to cross Route 202.

Attorney, George Patterson succeeded in this difficult case by arranging for a criminal defense attorney to appear at the traffic offense hearing with the victims family and insisting on a guilty plea to the offense of failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision.  The traffic statute is more detailed than the offense as listed on the traffic ticket.  The statute indicates that it is an offense to fail to reduce speed to avoid a person, vehicle etc. that was lawfully in the roadway.  Once the driver plead guilty to this offense it would have been an issue for the jury whether the pedestrian was guilty of contributory negligence.  The insurance company could not take this risk and offered the insurance policy to resolve the case.

If you or a loved one was struck while crossing the street, please call attorney, George Patterson to arrange for a free consultation.  The pedestrian accident lawyers may be reached during office hours at 301-383-1525 and 24 hours a day at 240-893-7474.

Each case is different.  Past records are no assurance that our lawyers will be successful in reaching a favorable result in any future case.


The 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.
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