Saturday, May 22, 2010

Alcohol Is a Contributing Factor in Fatal Pedestrian Accident

Earlier this month, the driver of a GMC Sierra struck and killed a man who was attempted to cross Ridge Road in Pasadena, Maryland during the evening hours. The pedestrian was wearing dark clothing and was not in a crosswalk. The Anne Arundel County Police responded. The pedestrian was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The police found evidence that suggested that the pedestrian may have been under the influence at the time of the accident.

There is an abundance of laws in Maryland that address situations involving pedestrians that are injured by an automobile. The key inquiry is such accidents are whether or not the pedestrian was inside or out of a crosswalk. As a general rule, pedestrians have the right of way when they are in a crosswalk. However, in the event that a person is crossing a street outside of a crosswalk that person has an obligation to use the greatest care to protect themselves from injury.

In this matter, the family of the deceased may not have a valid claim against the driver of the vehicle. The pedestrian was possibly intoxicated, crossing outside of the crosswalk and was wearing dark clothing at night.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a pedestrian related car accident or if you would like more information on automobile collisions, please contact Portner & Shure. Our Maryland accident lawyers are available to provide you with a free legal consultation.

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