Walking After Dark: The Rights of Pedestrians in Nighttime Car Accidents
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Legal Help for the Injured
We generally don’t fear for our safety when we walk somewhere. Drivers must respect pedestrians and be aware of their presence. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Pedestrian accidents can result in serious, even fatal injuries.
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.
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 have seen many situations in which pedestrians suffered serious injuries. While every case is unique, some of the most common types of pedestrian accidents include:
If you or a loved one incurred injuries in any of the above scenarios, contact our Columbus pedestrian accident lawyers right away.
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:
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:
Fight for Everything You’re Owed
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:
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.
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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.