Baltimore, MD- On June 21st, a Manchester man was struck and killed as he crossed the Route 140 just after 9:30 p.m. Police say Justin Sink, 31, was not in a crosswalk when he was fatally struck on the darkened roadway. To Baltimore authorities, this accident is an example of the risks pedestrians face and also shows how pedestrians are at fault for collisions with cars.
So far in 2014, eleven pedestrians have been killed traffic collisions in Baltimore County alone. Pedestrian deaths totaled 22 last year–a five-year high for the county—and 420 pedestrians were injured in traffic collisions.
There are plenty of incidents where a motorists in at fault but according to CBS Baltimore, 80 percent of the time the pedestrian is at fault. Like drivers, pedestrians, have many distractions; they are either surfing the web or texting or talking on their cell phone. Or, pedestrians are fooling with their iPods or Mp3 players. With headphones on, a pedestrian cannot hear traffic and can therefore be unaware of looming danger. Many pedestrians get into a hurry and dash into a traffic without a driver ever seeing them because they aren’t in a crosswalk.
The majority of pedestrians who are injured or killed aren’t kids, they are adults over the age of 40.
When pedestrians or motorists are in a hurry, they throw common sense out of the window and fail to observe their surroundings. This may not always have serious consequences, but one day, throwing caution to the wind in haste can have catastrophic results.
Authorities in Baltimore are hoping to buck the pedestrian fatality trend by launching new pedestrian safety program. The “Heads Up! Walk Safe” campaign will focus on he making pedestrians aware of their surroundings and encourage them to follow traffic laws.
No one sets out to cause a traffic accident or be involved in one when they leave the house, but it happens. These unexpected incidents can be shattering for the victim and their family. A fatal or seriously injurious accident is especially hard to accept when it is caused by the negligent actions of a motorist.
Driving not only takes skill .but it also requires diligence something many motorists fail to realize when they get behind the wheel. In the wrong hands, a car can be akin to a weapon and can cause undue harm to unsuspecting and undeserving victims. Fortunately, Maryland law allows people, who are harmed by another person’s negligence, to pursue that party for the costs they incur from an accident.
Whether you are a pedestrian, a motorist, or a passenger, if you have suffered and injury in any type of accident you need to contact a Baltimore accident attorney, immediately. The sooner you get assistance with your injury claim, the better your resulting settlement will be.
When you hire a Baltimore accident attorney, you send a signal to the negligent party are their insurer that you are serious about getting the amount of compensation you need and your injuries warrant.

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