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Intersections in Maryland Can Be Dangerous

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NBC reported that another pedestrian has been killed in Prince George’s County. On January 12, 2008, Rosario Gonzales was killed at the notoriously dangerous intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and University Boulevard.

The sad part of this story is that the person that struck and killed Mr. Gonzalez did not have the human decency to stop. The person who hit Mr. Gonzalez fled the scene, and police are looking for him now.

Our roads have been designed for automobile traffic only. Our roads were not designed to help pedestrians, nor where they designed to help bicyclists get where they need to go. When you need to cross the street, you have to be extra careful, because the road designs and intersection designs are working against you.

Serious personal injuries are routine in pedestrian and bicycle accidents. Unfortunately, Maryland follows the principle of contributory negligence, where if you are partly at fault, you cannot recover any damages from another person.

Insurance companies routinely mislead their insureds about what insurance is available, and always threaten to “raise your rates” if you use your insurance. When you hear something that just does not sound right, it is probably time to call a lawyer.

For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Car and Motorcycle Accidents.