A Baltimore Pedestrian Accident is a Personal Injury Case
In May of 2017, a 6-year-old boy died following an alleged auto-pedestrian accident, according to Baltimore CBS. It happened around 5:40 p.m. in the 4100 block of Glenarm Ave. The alleged driver involved in the accident was operating a 2005 Honda Pilot. Immediately after the accident, the little boy was transported to Johns Hopkins Pediatrics. At the time, he was in critical condition. He died from his injuries the following day.
So far, the police have determined the driver was traveling eastbound on Glenarm Ave. The 6-year-old boy allegedly ran out into the street from between two parked vehicles on the south side of the street.
The driver remained at the accident scene. According to police, the driver did not appear to be under the influence or impaired at the time of the accident. An investigation was ongoing at the time of the report.
What is a Pedestrian Accident in Baltimore?
A pedestrian accident is a type of personal injury case involving an accident between a pedestrian and driver. The driver may hit the pedestrian while operating a motor vehicle, or the driver may indirectly cause the pedestrian’s injuries by causing him or her to try to avoid being hit.
Common causes of a pedestrian accident include:
- A driver not stopping at a crosswalk
- A driver not clearing the intersection when turning right on red
- A driver exiting out of the parking lot without looking for pedestrians
- A driver operating a motor vehicle in a reckless way while driving in a parking lot
Suing After a Baltimore Pedestrian Accident
All pedestrian accidents are not the fault of a driver. For an injured pedestrian to file a personal injury claim, the driver must be negligent. Negligence is defined as the failure to do the same thing in a similar and/or same manner as a reasonable driver.
A driver who cautiously drives around the parking lot looking out for pedestrians while trying to find a parking space is a reasonable driver. A reasonable driver follows traffic laws. The driver who recklessly drives around trying to find a parking space and hits a pedestrian is negligent.
Prove Negligence in a Pedestrian Accident in Baltimore
In court, a pedestrian injured by a driver is the plaintiff. The plaintiff responsible for proving that the driver, called the defendant, injured him or her in the accident. Baltimore has four steps required for proving negligence:
- The defendant had a legal duty to the pedestrian. This means the driver had the responsibility of avoiding an accident while driving
- The defendant caused an accident. It was done directly or indirectly.
- The defendant’s negligence was the cause of the pedestrian’s injury
- The defendant owes the pedestrian damages in the form of medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering
Contact Hassan, Hassan & Tuchman, PA about Your Baltimore Pedestrian Accident
You were walking from one place to another when you were struck by a vehicle. The driver is at fault for the accident. It is time you get the money you need for your accident-related injuries. Contact us immediately for help.