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We generally don’t fear for our safety when we walk somewhere. Drivers must respect pedestrians and aware of their presence. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Pedestrian accidents can result in serious, even fatal injuries. For example, the Columbus police responded to 431 crashes involving pedestrians in 2019.
State law protects pedestrians. But, drivers often fail to notice them until it’s too late. If a careless driver hits you, you do have options. At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our Columbus pedestrian accident lawyers understand how important recovering compensation is for you and your family.
Common Pedestrian Accidents
According to the Columbus Dispatch, pedestrian accidents are on the rise.
Whether it happens when you are crossing a busy intersection on High Street, in a Clintonville neighborhood, or late at night in the Short North, a pedestrian accident can happen anywhere in Columbus. And the injuries are often catastrophic and life-threatening.
Our Columbus pedestrian accident lawyers have years of experience and seen many different situations in which pedestrians incurred serious injuries. While every case is unique, some of the most common types of pedestrian accidents include:
- Intoxicated driving crashes – Drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol pose a great danger to pedestrians. These drivers are often too slow to notice and react to pedestrians crossing the street.
- Failure to yield accidents – Drivers sometimes only look out for other cars and fail to notice people who travel on foot. Common examples of these situations include drivers leaving a driveway or turning onto another road.
- Driving too close to pedestrians – Sometimes reckless drivers don’t bother to provide space between themselves and pedestrians. This can happen where there are no sidewalks, or in busy pedestrian zones such as near the Ohio State University.
- Speeding – A driver who speeds will have a difficult time stopping if they don’t notice a pedestrian until it’s too late. Drivers must slow down for pedestrians, especially in school and work zones.
If you or a loved one incurred injuries in any of the above scenarios, contact our Columbus pedestrian accident lawyers right away.
Medical Care for Columbus Pedestrian Accidents
With considerable experience helping local injury victims, our Columbus lawyers will guide and assist you with documenting injuries and the medical costs after being struck by a car. We have strong relationships with the many excellent hospitals and trauma centers in Columbus, including:
Ohio Pedestrian Accident Law
Drivers must be careful and act responsibly to avoid accidents. While drivers often watch out for other cars, they don’t consider the odds of hitting a pedestrian.
Pedestrians have the right to use sidewalks as well as road shoulders. Ohio law is written to protect responsible pedestrians from drivers who might get too close and put their lives in danger.
Drivers must take reasonable steps to protect you when you are walking along a public roadway. Many pedestrian accidents happen when a driver violates the law and creates dangerous situations for pedestrians.
Drivers in Ohio are required to do the following for pedestrians:
- Stop prior to driving on a sidewalk – Drivers must pause for pedestrians before they drive over a sidewalk as they leave a garage, alleyway, or private drive.
- Give right of way for pedestrians on crosswalks – Ohio law requires for drivers to yield to those who are walking on clearly marked walkways. Drivers cannot pass other cars that have stopped for those walking in a crosswalk.
- Slow down or stop for pedestrians entering the street at an intersection – Pedestrians have the right of way to cross a street at an intersection, even if there are not clear street markings. Drivers must slow down and stop for these people.
A Columbus Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Can Help
You can suffer from serious injuries if a car hits you while you are traveling on foot. Many pedestrian accident injuries last a lifetime. Furthermore, certain physical damage you sustain may not be evident for days or weeks after your accident. It’s important to seek medical help immediately after being hit by a car.
Calling an experienced lawyer can help ensure that you can fight to recover compensation from the negligent party. This requires demonstrating the driver’s reckless actions, and directly tying them to your injuries.
Kisling, Nestico & Redick has helped many Columbus injury victims and a track record of getting results in pedestrian accidents across Ohio. For example, we secured a $275,000 settlement for a man who was struck by a car that fled the scene.
We understand how aggressively insurance companies try to reduce their liability. If we are unable to recover an acceptable settlement offer, we know how to use our trial experience to help you in court.
Damages that you may be able to recover from the negligent party in your case include:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
Many people wonder if they can recover compensation if they hold some liability for the accident. Ohio’s negligence law allows you to recover, but your compensation will be reduced by your share of responsibility for the accident. You cannot recover if you are found to hold a majority of responsibility for your injuries.
Call Our Columbus Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Today
Being hit by a car can turn your life upside down. Your injuries can be extremely serious, and medical bills can add up very quickly.
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we have helped many people in this difficult situation. Given Ohio’s two year statute of limitations for injury victims, we encourage you to call us without delay. Obtaining the damages you deserve requires having skilled legal counsel who understands how to investigate your case and fight at trial if necessary.
Our skilled Columbus pedestrian accident lawyers have a long history of fighting for people like you. If you have questions, speak to an experienced Columbus pedestrian accident attorney today.