Baltimore Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
If you are struck by a motor vehicle while in a crosswalk or sidewalk, contact a Baltimore pedestrian accident lawyer. Unfortunately, merely walking on the sidewalk is not enough to avoid serious injury. In 2023, distracted drivers are more prevalent than ever. While drivers know not to text and drive or do anything else that detracts from their ability to focus on the road, temptation sometimes prevails. As a result, pedestrian accidents in Baltimore occur with unfortunate regularity.
When hiring a Baltimore pedestrian accident lawyer, you should choose one with experience. Finding the attorney who is right for you is important. You want a lawyer who has been through the process before. An attorney who has sued thousands of negligent drivers such as Roger Gelb is more likely to know the tricks of the trade better than someone who has only been practicing personal injury law for a few years. Roger Gelb leads a talented legal team and has continued Gelb & Gelb’s tradition of winning since our founding in 1954. Beyond Mr. Gelb’s excellent legal talent, his dedicated team of compassionate legal assistants and paralegals are willing to work with you every step of the way. It is the close, personal attention to detail from each member of our firm that sets us apart from the other firms in Baltimore, in addition to our experience.
Proving Your Case
Before you can prove your case, there are several things to determine. First, who is the defendant? The defendant is the negligent tortfeasor who caused harm to you, the pedestrian. This is perhaps the only thing you need to do yourself. If there is no police report and you do not know who hit you, there is no one to sue for your injuries. Of course, a skilled Baltimore pedestrian accident lawyer can assist you in using your own insurance policy to get you compensated for your injuries. We must then decide whether we can prove the elements of your cause of action. Generally, we will file a negligence claim. There is a lot of legalese that goes into this, but just know the general rules. what venue to sue the defendant in.
Negligence is a deviation from the standard of care. In other words, the defendant driver has a duty to maintain control of his vehicle, and has failed to do so, resulting in injury to the plaintiff. Of course, a driver of a car, truck, or motorcycle should never collide with a pedestrian. So, this should not be exceedingly difficult to prove liability with a Baltimore pedestrian accident lawyer. However, you and your legal team still need to prove damages. This is the fourth element of your negligence claim. Merely proving liability is not enough to recover financial compensation. You must prove that you suffered a harm. Medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering are the traditional damages. However, you can also receive compensation for property damage and any other reasonable damage related to the accident.
Contributory Negligence Defense
As the pedestrian and victim, you are suing the driver, who is the defendant. The defendant may use a contributory negligence defense, which is a total bar against your recovery, if you are even 1% negligent in the accident. This means you cannot do something like jump out in front of the vehicle at the last second. The law is also tricky regarding getting hit in the street when not in a marked crosswalk. For questions on whether this defense applies to your case, contact a Baltimore pedestrian accident lawyer for a free consultation.
Compensation in a Baltimore Pedestrian Accident
Injuries from a pedestrian accident can be serious and life-altering. You do not deserve to have to suffer a handicapped life without obtaining compensation. For your injuries, you can obtain compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages from missing work due to your injuries, and even noneconomic damages, called pain and suffering with the help from a Baltimore pedestrian accident lawyer. Pain and suffering damages are unique because they are harder to quantify. However, they are absolutely real. If you lose control of your right arm, either by amputation or nerve damage, for the rest of your life, you may obtain compensation for the medical expenses associated as well as the suffering associated with the loss.
Contact a Baltimore Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Roger Gelb and his legal team are among the best in Baltimore. If you believe you have a viable claim, contact our office today for a free consultation.