When you’re walking around town, you expect to get there safely. However, this is not always the case. If a reckless motorist injured you or a loved one, contact the Cleveland pedestrian accident lawyers at KNR today.
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Walking is not confined to Cleveland’s business district. Ohio City, Tremont, Detroit-Shoreway, University Circle, Shaker Square, and many Cleveland neighborhoods are highly walkable. In addition, on the campuses of John Carroll University, Cleveland State University, and Case Western Reserve University, you will find students and faculty walking or running to class. You may also be one of the thousands in Cleveland walking to and from concerts and sporting events.
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our Cleveland pedestrian accident lawyers see a lot of cases where innocent people suffer because a negligent driver strikes them while they are 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.
Types of Pedestrian Accidents in Cleveland
When you walk around Cleveland, you expect to get where you are going without much trouble.
Unfortunately, as a pedestrian, you are at risk of being struck by a car, motorcycle, commercial truck, bicycle, or some other vehicle. According to the National Safety Council, in 2018, there were 7,450 fatal pedestrian traffic accidents. 79% of these pedestrian accidents happened in urban settings, like Cleveland. In addition, 25% occurred at intersections, and 76% were at night.
The Cleveland pedestrian accident lawyers at KNR represent individuals and families after all kinds of pedestrian accidents.
Some of the most common situations include:
- Intersection Accidents
- Left and Right Turn Accidents
- Crosswalk Accidents
- Back Over Accidents
- Side of the Road Accidents
- Work Accidents
- Children Play Accidents
- School Zone Accidents
- School Bus Crossing Accidents
- Off-Road Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Hit and Run Accidents
You may not know what happened after being struck by a car. If your child got hit, you might not have been there to see it.
You need to hire a personal injury attorney to investigate. At KNR, we have a lot of experience investigating pedestrian accidents. We will get to the bottom of what happened and build your case for compensation.
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident in Cleveland
If a vehicle struck you or a loved one, our Cleveland pedestrian accident lawyers recommend:
Your priority should always be your and your loved one’s health. If you were in a vehicle-pedestrian collision, or your child was struck by a car, call 911 immediately. You should do this even if you believe you or your child are not seriously injured. You will want the police to create a crash report. This can be important for a potential claim for compensation.
If you can walk around and talk any witnesses, then do your best to gather names and contact information. Make sure to also ask for the driver’s insurance information. If you cannot do this, do not worry. Call our experienced Cleveland pedestrian accident lawyers right away. We will obtain the necessary information.
Take Photos and Video
If you can, take photos and video of the scene. Do your best to document the property damage and you or your child’s injuries.
Record What You Remember
Following a collision, it can be difficult to remember what happened. We recommend you record or write down everything you can remember as soon as possible. Write down the basic facts, including the date, time of day, location, weather, and traffic conditions. Then, you should do your best to document everything you can about what happened before, during, and after your accident.
Compensation after Cleveland Pedestrian Accidents
You do not have to struggle to do everything yourself. 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:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Physical limitations
KNR has helped numerous injured pedestrians in the Cleveland area get compensation for their long-term needs. 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.
Common Cleveland Pedestrian Accident Injuries
If you or your child were struck by a moving car, truck, or bike, you might now be suffering from:
- Broken bones – If you suffered a complex fracture, you might require surgery and physical rehabilitation.
- Facial and dental injuries – Many pedestrians suffer lacerations and road rash on their face. This could lead to disfiguring scars. Your teeth may also be chipped or knocked out, which will require extensive dental work.
- Neck and back injuries – You may suffer from fractured vertebrae, herniated disks, and soft tissue injuries in your neck, shoulders, and upper back. These can be very painful and take a long time and numerous physical therapy sessions to heal.
- Head and brain injuries – Pedestrian crashes often cause concussions, more serious traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), skull fractures, and other brain injuries. Harm to your brain can lead to permanent physical, cognitive, and personality changes.
- Back injuries – You may suffer injuries to your spine. These can leave you with debilitating and chronic pain. Contact our pedestrian accident lawyers if you to suffered a back injury.
- Spinal cord injuries – If your spinal cord is damaged, you may suffer severe nerve damage or paralysis.
- Soft tissue injuries – Your muscles, ligaments, or tendons should be stretched or torn following a pedestrian accident These may require surgery and physical therapy.
- Organ damage – Not all bodily injuries are visible. One or more of your internal organs could be lacerated, torn, or punctured in a crash.
We Want to Help You
If you or your child become injured in a pedestrian accident, Kisling, Nestico & Redick is here to help. You need to be able to focus on your recovery and not have to worry about the insurance claim process or a lawsuit.
By hiring KNR, you gain an experienced legal team to investigate the accident. As a result, we will preserve the evidence that is under the other party’s control. This is particularly important if the at-fault party was an employee of a business. As a result, we will determine fault and liability.
In some situations, we may recommend filing a personal injury lawsuit. This helps us obtain more evidence through the discovery process. Also, it shows an insurer we are serious about recovering fair compensation.
If settlement negotiations break down or you are not offered a suitable amount, we can fight for you in court.
We have years of experience negotiating personal injury settlements. However, if an insurer denies your claim, refuses to negotiate, or there is no insurance coverage, we will represent you in litigation. We are not afraid to present your case and know what it takes to succeed.
Call Our Cleveland Pedestrian Accident Lawyers for Help
The skilled legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you recover from a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent motorist. In addition to pedestrian accidents, our diverse team of attorneys have skills in numerous legal areas including wrongful deaths, work injuries, and medical malpractice claims.
We have 11 locations throughout Ohio and a long history of fighting for people like you. If you have questions, speak to an experienced Cleveland pedestrian accident attorney today.