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Humans are no match for heavy machines, like cars. If drivers don’t pay attention to the road and sidewalk, their negligence could leave a pedestrian severely injured or tragically killed. In fact, the leading causes of pedestrians getting hit by cars include improper lane use, unmarked crosswalks, alcohol impairment, and use of electronics.
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our lawyers see a lot of cases where innocent people suffer because negligent drivers strike them while they are simply walking around town. Let KNR use our experience and knowledge to explain your rights, identify who is at fault, and fight to recover compensation for your losses.
If you or a loved one suffered a pedestrian accident or an injury due to a car crash, call the KNR Canton pedestrian accident attorneys at (330) 488-1234 or contact us via our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.
Pedestrian Accidents in Canton, Ohio
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) reports that each year nearly 5,000 pedestrians die in motor vehicle-related accidents. In 2017, the statistic reached 5,977. That equates to about one death every 88 minutes.
In Ohio, in 2017, there were a recorded 144 pedestrian accident fatalities, an increase from previous years. About 76% of these were urban, and the leading cause for all pedestrian accidents was alcohol or drug impairment. 54% of the Ohio pedestrian accident fatalities occurred when the pedestrian was in the roadway, including waiting to cross and in the midst of crossing both marked and unmarked crosswalks.
In 2019, the Dayton Daily News cited an increase in pedestrian deaths in the region, speculating that everything from electronics, to SUVs, to insufficient sidewalk space, might be contributing factors.
Bustiest Intersections in Canton
The Stark County Area Transportation Study (SCATS) has identified the following intersections as hazardous for pedestrian crossing:
- 12th Street and Market Avenue N in Canton
- Central Plaza at Tuscarawas Street in Canton
- U.S. Route 62 at Harmont Avenue NE and Lesh Street NE in Canton
- 13th Street NW and Interstate 77 ramps at Mercy Medical Center in Canton
- Cleveland Avenue and Wright Road NW in Lake Township
- Interstate 77 ramp at Belden Village Street and Whipple Avenue NW in Jackson Township
- 30th Street and Harrisburg Road NE in Plain Township
- Clarendon Avenue and Navarre Road SW in Canton
Whether you or a loved one were walking in Market Heights, Ridgewood, or the Whittier Park section of Canton, a pedestrian accident can happen anywhere.
Main Causes of Canton Pedestrian Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, the top factors in pedestrian accidents are:
- Improper lane use
- Unmarked crosswalks
- Left-hand turns
- Using Electronics,
- Quiet cars, such as hybrid vehicles
- Drastic drops in the speed limit
- Dark clothes and nighttime settings
- Impaired Driving
- Arterial roads
- Poorly marked construction zones
While motor vehicle fatalities overall have decreased in the past several years, pedestrian deaths have not. This confirms the idea that even when automobile technology improves, pedestrians are still at risk.
It’s also important to note that sometimes the pedestrian can be considered at-fault, or shared-fault. Scenarios, where a pedestrian might not expect to receive full compensation, are if they were breaking road or traffic laws at the time of the accident, trespassing, or committing dangerous or provoking accidents. These scenarios include:
- Jaywalking, such as crossing in the middle of the street or outside of a crosswalk
- Crossing against the traffic signal
- Entering a street or highway while intoxicated
- Walking along highways, bridges, or causeways where pedestrian access is explicitly prohibited
Sometimes, a pedestrian may be committing one of the above actions while the driver is also committing illegal maneuvers, like driving intoxicated.
Compensation in Pedestrian Accident Claims
If you’re hit by a car as a pedestrian, you may be able to recover damages for personal injury and additional consequences. However, you do not have to struggle alone. 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 the fair compensation you deserve. A personal injury claim after for an injured pedestrian can help you recover your:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Physical limitations
KNR has helped numerous injured pedestrians in the Canton area to get compensation for their needs. For example, KNR represented a client who was walking on a sidewalk on 9th St NW in Canton when he was struck by a car. The client suffered multiple rib fractures, a head injury, lung contusion, and a questionable non-displaced fracture of the acromion. KNR secured a $160,000 settlement.
Our Canton Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Can Help
The skilled legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you recover from a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent motorist.
We have 11 locations throughout Ohio and a long history of fighting for people like you. If you have questions, speak to an experienced Canton pedestrian accident attorney today.