Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Fatal Pedestrian Accident

On Monday, April 26, 2010, there was a fatal accident on Interstate 95 in Cecil County, Maryland. The Maryland State Police said they believe that the victim, Lamar Stanford, was driving his car on Interstate 95 when he struck a guardrail. Police said that they believe Mr. Stanford exited his vehicle and attempted to cross Interstate 95 on foot when he was struck by another vehicle traveling northbound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle who struck him suffered bodily injuries and was taken to Union Memorial Hospital.

The police further noted that they do not believe that there are any contributing factors from the driver of the vehicle who struck Stanford. Contributing factors such as speed or alcohol do not appear to be an issue here.

The key inquiry in any pedestrian related accidents is 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.

Minor accidents often turn into serious when people leave their vehicles after the impact and walk on, or stay too close to the roadway. Respect the fact that drivers often are not paying attention. This fact leads to fender benders. It can lead to death if you are a person walking on or near a roadway.

If you, a family member, or someone you know has been injured as the result of a pedestrian related accident, or if you would like more information on automobile collisions, please contact Portner & Shure for a free legal consultation. Our Maryland personal injury lawyers are available to assist you.

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