When you’re walking around Akron, you expect that a driver won’t hit you. However, this is not always the reality. If you’ve been harmed by a negligent driver, call the Akron pedestrian accident lawyers at KNR for help.
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Most of us take for granted that we can go for a walk safely. From Maple Valley to University Park, West Hill, and the Oakdale District, you assume you will be safe on foot. Unfortunately, vehicle accidents involving pedestrians happen frequently in and around Akron.
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our Akron pedestrian accident lawyers handle a lot of vehicle-pedestrian collisions, including those involving children. We are here to help after being hit by a car. We also handle pedestrian collisions with commercial vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, and other vehicles.
If you or your child suffered injuries after getting hit by a car, do not hesitate to contact our Akron personal injury lawyers. You can reach us online, or by calling (330) 869-9007 to schedule a free consultation.
We Handle All Types of Pedestrian Accidents
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we represent individuals and families after:
Many pedestrian-car crashes happen in intersections. These accidents happen when vehicles and bicycles ignore stop signs or take rolling stops. Or, vehicles fail to pay attention when making left and right turns. Uncontrolled intersections without traffic control devices are particularly dangerous. When drivers do not keep a proper lookout, they are much more likely to miss a person in the crosswalk.
Crosswalks are intended to be safe zones for you and your children to cross the street. Our Akron pedestrian accident lawyers handle many cases in which drivers failed to pay attention to crosswalks, whether they are at intersections or not, and struck pedestrians.
Many pedestrian accidents involve vehicles striking individuals on the side of the road. You may have been walking on the shoulder because there is no sidewalk. Maybe, you stepped into the street to get your mail, get into or out of a car, or to take out or bring in the trash bin. Being in or near the street makes you vulnerable.
Many vehicle-pedestrian accidents happen on roads and in intersections. However, we have represented many individuals who were struck by a vehicle while they were walking on the sidewalk, in a parking lot, or in an off-road area.
Very few drivers realize how large the blind spot is behind their cars. The larger the car and the shorter the driver, the longer the blind spot. This sizeable blind spot is why so many drivers back into and over children and adults, causing them serious harm.
Work Zone Accidents
Our Akron pedestrian accident lawyers have handled many cases in which someone working on or near the road was struck while on duty. This is a serious risk for construction and utility workers.
Throughout Akron, you can see children and teens playing outside. They are on their driveways, on sidewalks, and sometimes in the street. When drivers go through residential neighborhoods or drive-by schools and parks, they need to watch out for kids. Unfortunately, drivers often miss them and strike children who were outside playing.
School Bus Crossing Accidents
Drivers should know to stop for school buses that are letting kids on and off. The law requires drivers to stop when buses have their stop signs out. When drivers ignore this and drive around buses, they may strike a child.
School Zone Accidents
Drivers need to slow down and be careful around schools, especially in the mornings and afternoons. However, many drivers speed, drive recklessly and fail to keep a lookout through school zones, which results in them striking a child or group of children.
What to Do if You or Your Child Are Struck by a Bicycle or Vehicle
If you or your child are seriously injured, you should go to the emergency room directly from the crash site. You may choose to go to your physician or urgent care a little while after the crash. While your child may say they feel fine, keep a close eye on them. They may have a concussion or other injuries that do not appear right away.
Our Akron pedestrian accident lawyers recommend you:
- Get the driver or other person’s name, contact information, and insurance information.
- Gather the names and contact information of those that may have witnessed the crash.
- Take photos and video of the scene.
Remain there to give the police your statement. If you are there when your child is struck by a vehicle or bike, you may not have the thought of taking down information getting pictures. We understand that and will work to get the documentation you need after you see a doctor.
We can help you communicate with the police to provide your statement, and then we will obtain a copy of your police report.
Once you are safe and have received medical care, write down what you remember. This can be helpful to refresh your memory down the road. Write down what day it was, and the time of the accident. Document where you were and the conditions at the time, including the weather and traffic, as best you can remember. Write down what you were doing at the time and why you were where you were. Then, write down what happened, including what you noticed immediately before, during, and after the crash.
We recommend an attorney as soon as you can to determine whether you have a legal claim and if so, the potential value of your claim.
Compensation after Pedestrian Accidents
You do not have to struggle to do everything yourself if you are an injured pedestrian. By calling our experienced personal injury law firm, you gain a team that will handle the insurance claim and legal process for you.
Our priority will be obtaining you all the compensation you deserve, which can include:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Physical limitations
KNR has helped numerous injured pedestrians in the Akron area recover compensation. For example, KNR represented a 44-year-old pastor and father who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being struck by a car while walking. We obtained a $275,000 settlement on his behalf.
Our Akron Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Can Help
You may wonder how we can help after you or your child were in an accident. There are several steps we will take to build and strengthen your claim. We will work with the insurance company so that you can avoid this hassle and focus on recovering. Then, we work hard for you to obtain the best possible settlement through negotiations, or when necessary – a trial.
By hiring the Akron pedestrian accident lawyers from Kisling, Nestico & Redick, you have someone to:
- Perform an in-depth investigation into the accident
- Strive to preserve evidence under other parties’ control
- Gather evidence
- Analyze evidence to determine fault and liability
- Contact witnesses and obtain their out-of-court statements
- Hire expert witnesses, when necessary
- Handle all communications with the insurance company
- Prepare you to provide a formal statement to the insurer
- File a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf
- Follow all court rules and the statute of limitations
- Participate in the discovery process during a lawsuit
- Take part in good faith settlement negotiations with the insurer
- When necessary, represent you at trial
Call Our Personal Injury Lawyers Right Away
After being involved in a vehicle or bicycle-pedestrian crash, you or your child may be recovering from serious injuries. You have enough on your plate without having to worry about dealing with an insurer or a personal injury lawsuit.
Let Kisling, Nestico & Redick tackle the administrative and legal processes for you. Let us help you pursue fair compensation for your injuries. We will fight for you to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, mental anguish, disability, and disfigurement.
To talk with our Akron pedestrian accident lawyers about your situation, call us today at (330) 869-9007, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.