Four pedestrians were hit and seriously injured in Anne Arundel County, Maryland (MD) on January 10, 2013. The accident happened in the area of Quarterfield Road near an entrance ramp for 100 East.
Police say all four had to be taken to hospitals and at least two of the victims have life-threatening injuries. The victims included a 19-year-old female, one 20-year-old male, and two 16-year-old males. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene until paramedics arrived.
The Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers’ Perspective
In Virginia (VA), like other states such as Maryland (MD), when a pedestrian is crossing a highway in a clearly marked crosswalk and the speed limit is less than 35 miles per hour, the driver of any automobile approaching that crosswalk is required to change course, slow down or come to a complete stop, if that maneuver is necessary to allow the pedestrian to cross safely. This is a special law that offers extra protection to pedestrians who are crossing streets in clearly marked crosswalks, and protects them from personal injury or death in crosswalks. Even if the injured teens were not in a cross walk they may still be able to file a personal injury case. This was true for a client of ours who was walking near a local college and was struck by a distracted driver. The insurance company tried to raise the issue of contributory negligence because our client was walking in an area without a crosswalk. Our firm is familiar with all the tricks the insurance company has to try and minimize a client's case. After numerous discussions with the insurance company, the adjuster offered to settle the claim for a sizable sum. To read more about this case result, and other results our firm has achieved, visit this page.
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