What to Do If Your Child Is Hit by a Car Walking to School
Posted in: Car Accidents
Legal Help for the Injured
Most of us take for granted that we can go for a walk safely. You assume you will be safe on foot from Maple Valley to University Park, West Hill, and the Oakdale District. 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.
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we represent individuals and families after:
Many pedestrian-car crashes happen at 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 and 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.
As best you can remember, document where you were and the conditions at the time, including the weather and traffic. 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.
Fight for Everything You’re Owed
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 all the compensation you deserve, which can include:
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What Makes KNR Special?
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.
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: