The roads in our area are dangerous to drivers, but they are more dangerous to pedestrians. After all, pedestrians do not have tons of steel protection. Instead, they are at the mercy of the driver’s steel cage. This means that pedestrians involved in car accidents often have serious injuries, even death. This, unfortunately, happened last Friday.
Pedestrian car accidents
According to reports, a Germantown pedestrian was killed at about 2:00 p.m. on Friday after a car accident. The police claim that the pedestrian was crossing westbound Middlebrook when they were struck by the vehicle. The impact did not immediately kill the pedestrian, but they died in the ambulance. The driver, however, was uninjured.
The accident is still under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the accident or has dashboard camera footage should contact the Germantown Police Department immediately.
What happens after these types of accidents?
While it might seem apparent that the driver was at fault, the details of the accident are still unknown. It is possible that the driver was driving recklessly, but it is also possible that the pedestrian was being reckless as well. Until the investigation is completed, we will not know for sure, which is why anyone in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Washington, D.C. metro area, including Virginia, involved in a pedestrian accident needs to call an attorney immediately.
Attorneys can do an independent investigation themselves to determine liability, even if the police are unable. They can hold whichever party that is liable responsible for the damages they caused. For the pedestrian, this will be the surviving family that will hold the driver accountable, and for the driver, it will be the estate of the pedestrian. The law allows for victims of negligence to hold those negligent individuals responsible for all of the damages they cause.