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Ohio Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

Auto accidents do not always only involve vehicles. Unfortunately, the victims of some Ohio car accidents are pedestrians. You may have been struck by a vehicle while walking to work, getting the mail, or jogging on a bike path. Your child may have been hit while playing in the neighborhood or getting off the school bus. Whatever the situation, you or a loved one may now be suffering from serious injuries and will need legal help to recover the compensation you deserve under the law.

The pedestrian accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick are here to help. We help individuals just like you every day. Whether you were hurt in a vehicle, pedestrian, or bicycle accident, we are here to guide you through the insurance claim and legal processes. We will protect your rights against corporate defendants and insurers while fighting for you to receive a fair settlement or verdict.

To discuss how one of our injury lawyers can help you contact us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a free, initial consultation.

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Ohio Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Pedestrian accidents in Ohio are a growing concern. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio lost 178 pedestrians in motor vehicle accidents last year. This is the greatest number of pedestrian deaths in Ohio in several years. These fatalities occurred in urban areas, rural communities, intersections, and crosswalks all around the state.

If you were injured or lost a loved one in a pedestrian-vehicle accident, you should speak with our pedestrian accident lawyers as soon as possible. If a driver was responsible for the accident and your injuries, your attorney will gather evidence, obtain witnesses, and pursue the compensation you deserve under the law.

Types of Pedestrian Accidents

Our legal team is experienced in handling insurance claims, personal injury suits, and wrongful death claims following:

Intersection Accidents

A significant number of pedestrian-vehicle accidents occur at intersections. The problem may arise because the intersection was uncontrolled, or the driver may have run a red light or stop sign.

Intersection accidents also often occur when drivers are turning and fail to pay attention to people crossing the street.

Crosswalk Accidents

If you or your child were walking through a crosswalk, you should have been safe. If a driver ignored you and others within the crosswalk and struck you or your loved one, contact an attorney immediately.

School Zone Accidents

Drivers should be cautious when driving in school zones, particularly during school hours. Many drivers strike children when they speed or drive recklessly near schools. Call a lawyer immediately if a vehicle in a school zone hits you, your child, or another loved one. If the driver was violating one or more traffic laws, this might be evidence of their fault and liability.

School Bus Crossing Accidents

When a school bus is stopped and has its stop sign out, all vehicles should stop. Drivers from all directions should pause to ensure the children getting off the bus can safely cross the street. When drivers ignore the stopped bus and speed past, they may hit a child.

Back-Over Accidents

One of the most common accidents to harm children is backing up vehicles. The blind spot behind a vehicle can be significant, particularly for large vehicles and shorter drivers. A driver may not have been careful enough to drive around children and backed up, striking your child.

Children Play Accidents

Children and teenagers are often playing on the sidewalk, near the street, and in parking lots. People behind the wheel of a car must be vigilant for children, particularly in residential neighborhoods, near schools and parks, and during vacations. Children playing may not pay attention to the traffic around them, placing them at risk for an accident.

Pedestrian Work Accidents

Construction and utility workers often work on or near the road. Despite warning lights, signs, and cones, drivers may ignore the risk. If you or a loved one were struck by a vehicle while working, contact a pedestrian accident attorney to discuss your right to pursue compensation.

Side-of-the-Road Accidents

You may be by the side of the road for several reasons. You could be checking the mail, getting in or out of your vehicle, or doing yard work. You may not think much of stepping down from the curb and onto the shoulder of your road. Unfortunately, if a driver is not careful as they should be, you could be struck. You may be hit by any vehicle, including personal cars, postal service trucks, and garbage trucks.

Off-Road Pedestrian Accidents

Not all pedestrian-vehicle accidents happen on the street. There are incidents when a vehicle leaves the road and strikes a pedestrian on the sidewalk, in their yard, at a bus stop, or in a building. If you were hit by a vehicle when you were not on or near the road, call us right away. These are often serious accidents, and they may involve an impaired driver. One of our pedestrian accident lawyers will thoroughly investigate the crash to determine what happened and why.

We’re Close By for Injured Pedestrians

Our statewide practice is designed to make going through an injury claim more convenient and accessible for injury victims. With 12 Ohio locations, KNR is a call or click away.

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Fault & Liability for a Pedestrian Vs Car Accidents

Many factors can contribute to a pedestrian-involved accident. And while each situation is unique, some of the common causes of pedestrian accidents include:

  • Walking outside of crosswalks
  • Lack of marked crosswalks
  • Walking on the side of the road
  • Walking at Dusk / Night
  • Distracted drivers/walkers
  • Impaired drivers/pedestrians
  • Speeding

An Ohio pedestrian accident attorney is best suited to help determine how the collision happened and why your injuries occurred. Generally, motorists tend to be liable for pedestrian accidents and injuries that result. For instance, when a pedestrian accident happens why someone is crossing in a crosswalk or when the pedestrian has the “right of way”, the driver will almost always be at-fault and liable.

Pedestrians Can Share Fault for an Accident

LLiability in pedestrian accidents can be more complicated in situations where a pedestrian or other parties share some degree of responsibility. Under Ohio’s contributory fault law, a pedestrian can still recover damages as long as they are 50 percent or less at fault.

So, if you are walking down a busy street and distracted by your phone, you could share some of the blame if you’re hit by a car. However, so long as you’re nor deemed more than 50% responsible, you can still recover compensation for the degree of damages you’re not liable for.

Alcohol or Drug Impairment in Pedestrian Accidents

Ohio’s Department of Transportation (ODOT) found alcohol or drug impairment was present in 29 percent of pedestrian fatalities in 2017. In 21 percent of the incidents, alcohol or drug impairment was suspected for the pedestrian. Of the supposed impaired pedestrians, 10 were walking in the roadway, 13 were crossing the road, and two were walking on the side of the road. Intoxication was suspected for eight percent of drivers. All of the suspected DUIs occurred in urban areas, and five drivers did not stop after the incident.

If you know or think alcohol or drugs were involved in your accident, call our pedestrian accident lawyers for advice. When the at-fault driver was impaired, this is evidence of negligence. We can utilize such evidence to prove liability and seek compensation.

However, if you were impaired due to drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident, the other party may try and use this against you. The driver may claim you were fully or partially responsible for the accident and your injuries. If you were also negligent, this does not automatically bar you from recovering compensation. If you were less than 50 percent responsible, you may recover compensation, except it will be reduced by your percentage of responsibility.

Children Injured in Pedestrian Accidents

f your son or daughter was involved in a crash, you might wonder what you can do after your child was injured in a pedestrian accident. Your first concern should remain your child’s medical care and health. Even if you believe your child was not injured in the accident, keep a close eye on them. They may not require going to the emergency room, but you should take them to their pediatrician or family doctor as soon as possible. A physician knows what to look for regarding injuries after a pedestrian accident.

Minor traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), also called concussions, can be difficult to diagnose. If your child’s mild TBI is not detected early on, the symptoms and long-term effects could worsen. If your child hit their head during the accident, insist on seeing a specialist to diagnose or rule out a brain injury.

Once you know your child is safe and stable, call our experienced pedestrian accident lawyers. Your child has gone through a traumatic experience and deserves to be compensated for their injuries. You also deserve compensation for your child’s medical expenses, particularly if they were hurt and require more care in the future.

If your child will suffer from permanent disfigurement or disability, you must speak with an attorney about the value of this injury. Your claim may be worth a great deal when your child is serious or permanently injured in an accident. You will need a lawyer to fight for you and your son or daughter to obtain the compensation you deserve.

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Compensation for Injured Pedestrians

The financial toll can be incredible when pedestrians are hit by motor vehicles. You’ll undoubtedly experience staggering medical bills, lost income, and more. But you should not be responsible for the financial impact of an accident and injuries you didn’t cause.

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With a lawyer’s help, you may be able to recover the various financial losses (damages) caused by another driver’s negligence. Through an insurance claim or lawsuit, an injured pedestrian may be able to secure compensation for your:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium (negative effect of your injuries on your relationship)

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Pedestrian Accident FAQs

Accidents with pedestrians are more common than you might think, but dealing with the aftermath is complicated. Let our accident lawyers address your questions and explain your options.

I Was Hit by a Car While Walking. Should I Call the Police?

Yes. If you or a loved one were injured in a pedestrian accident, make sure you have the police investigate. Regardless of the scenario, a police report offers you important evidence and official documentation of the incident.

Should I See a Doctor if I’m Hit By a Car?

Getting Medical attention should be your primary concern if you were hurt in a pedestrian accident. Some injuries do not appear right away, so it’s crucial to have a professional evaluate you as soon as possible after an accident.

Should I Contact My Insurance Company?

You should inform your insurer that you were hurt in a car accident as a pedestrian. But try to avoid saying anything that could result in having your own claim denied. Depending on the circumstances, they may be responsible for your medical expense and may look for ways to pay less.

Should I Talk to the At-Fault Driver’s Insurance Company?

No. They may try to reach out to you for a state, but they are not interested in your well-being or recovery. They want to lock you into a statement, look for ways to reduce what they owe, and otherwise deny liability. Politely advise the insurance company that you want to consult an attorney before making a statement, then have your attorney handle all further communication.

Should I Accept the Insurance Offer after a Pedestrian Accident?

Initial settlement offers after an injury, particularly those after a pedestrian accident, are lowball offers designed to make your claim go away fast and for the least amount possible. Your best option is to work with a lawyer, negotiate a settlement that fully compensates you for your losses, and weigh all your legal options, including filing a lawsuit.

How Long Do I Have to File a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit?

In Ohio, pedestrian accident victims have two years to file a lawsuit from the date of their accident. This is the “statute of limitations,” and two years might seem like a long time, but building a legal case takes. If you miss the deadline, you may be prohibited from filing altogether.

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Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Know What To Do

If you were injured in a pedestrian accident or you lost a loved one after they were struck by a vehicle, do not hesitate to call a lawyer for advice. If you lost a relative, you are grieving and focused on laying them to rest. Regardless of your situation, your mind is not on an insurance claim or lawsuit. Let Kisling, Nestico & Redick handle this process for you.

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How Our Pedestrian Injury Lawyers Will Help You

By contacting our experienced and skilled lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick, you have someone to:

  • Conduct an in-depth investigation of the accident
  • Seek to preserve evidence that is under the control of other parties
  • Gather and analyze evidence
  • Obtain testimony from witnesses
  • Hire any necessary witnesses
  • Represent you in a claim to an insurance company
  • Prepare you to provide a statement to an insurer
  • Protect your rights and privacy from insurer overreach
  • File a personal injury lawsuit
  • Adhere to all statute of limitations and court filing deadlines
  • Fully participate in the discovery process during the lawsuit
  • Make a good-faith effort to negotiate a settlement with the insurer
  • If necessary, represent you at trial