Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian AccidentsD.C. and Maryland Pedestrian Accidents Attorney

Across D.C. and Maryland, pedestrians have certain rights on the roadways. For example, if you are standing in a crosswalk, vehicles are expected to stop and allow you to cross the road safely. All too often, pedestrians lose their lives or are seriously injured because a car or truck driver failed to see them in a crosswalk. Unfortunately, this is not the only way it is possible to be injured. Too frequently, drivers who are not paying attention strike pedestrians on sidewalks when they lose control of their car.

Common Causes:

  • Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Distracted Drivers
  • Speeding
  • Failure to see a pedestrian
  • Running red lights

Drivers who are at fault for your accident can be held accountable for your:

  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Lost time from work
  • Mental distress
  • Loss of future income
  • Pain and Suffering


While it is a priority of pedestrians to use crosswalks and and stay clear of motor vehicles, because drivers are in charge of controlling a large and powerful vehicle, it is their responsibility to stay alert and take extra care in preventing fatal pedestrian accidents on the road.

Pedestrians who are injured after being struck by a motor vehicle may suffer broken bones, head injuries that can be very serious and back, neck, and spinal injuries. Oftentimes, healing from these injuries can take several weeks or even months meaning hundreds of lost hours from work. The accident lawyers at Morris LLP is committed to assisting pedestrian victims of accidents. Call us today at (301) 731-1000 and we’ll be happy to review your case.  The consultation is free and there is no fee unless we win your case


Annotated Code of Maryland, Title 21 Vehicle Laws- Rules of the Road

Subtitle 5. Pedestrians’ Rights and Rules

21-504 Drivers to exercise due care

  1. In general- Notwithstanding any other provisions of this title, the driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian.
  2. Duty to warn pedestrians- Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, the driver of a vehicle shall, if necessary,  warn any pedestrian by sounding the horn of the vehicle.
  3. Duty to exercise precaution on observing a child or certain other individual. Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, the driver of a vehicle shall exercise proper precaution on observing any child or any obviously confused or incapacitated individual.


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