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Some Maryalnd pedestrians at higher risk for injuries

While it may take longer to reach one's destination by walking, many people may believe that it is safer than driving when going short distances. Nevertheless, a pedestrian can suffer serious or even fatal injuries when he or she is struck by a motor vehicle. Some Maryland residents may be at higher risk of being involved in one of these tragic accidents.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are certain segments of the population who are more at risk than others. One of the higher risk age groups is seniors. Slightly less than 20 percent of those killed in pedestrian accidents in 2015 were at least 65 years old. In addition, approximately 13 percent of injured pedestrians were in this same age demographic.

The other age group that suffers a higher percentage of pedestrian accidents is children younger than 15. In 2015, approximately 20 percent of those killed in pedestrian accidents were under 15 years of age. The CDC also noted that intoxication on the part of either motorist or pedestrian significantly increased the possibility of being involved in a serious accident.

Speeding and driving at night also increase the risk of a serious or fatal collision between vehicles and pedestrians. Those who suffer injuries in a Maryland pedestrian accident due to the negligence of another party often suffer more than physical injury. There are also considerable monetary damages that tend to accumulate after these accidents due in part to medical expenses, lost wages and -- in fatal crashes -- funeral expenses. A personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate in these circumstances, and talking with an attorney who handles these types of civil claims is a good place to start.

Source: cdc.gov, "Pedestrian Safety", Accessed on August 1, 2017

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