From moderate injuries suffered from the results of minor fender benders to catastrophic injuries suffered from high-speed multi-car pileups, car accidents in Maryland come in many shapes and sizes. However, when a car accident involves a pedestrian, the injuries suffered are rarely minor. If a pedestrian is injured as a result of another driver’s negligence and decides to file a legal claim, these claims are governed by the law of negligence. That is, motorists must exercise “reasonable care under the circumstances” and a failure to do so may be considered negligence.
A car accident between a pedestrian and a car occurred recently, police said. The accident happened on a recent Monday in January. It occurred in Wheaton, Montgomery County.
Montgomery Police said that at around 11:49 a.m., an elderly woman was struck by a car while crossing the street. A 21-year-old man was driving northbound on the road when he struck the 82-year-old Silver Spring woman. The woman suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of the accident and was rushed to a local hospital.
When a car accident results in a serious injury, such as this victim’s serious injuries, the victim may be entitled to financial relief. An individual who negligently operates a vehicle may be required to pay for documented damages that resulted. The victim will be required to prove that the party believed at fault was negligent in a way that caused or contributed to the accident and resulted in the injuries specified. Victims typically begin this process by consulting an experienced Maryland attorney to assess the validity of his or her claim.
Source: Silver Spring, MD Patch, “Elderly Silver Spring Pedestrian Hit By Car in Wheaton“, Deb Belt, Jan. 15, 2017