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Legal Help for the Injured
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.
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.
Our legal team is experienced in handling insurance claims, personal injury suits, and wrongful death claims following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Fight for Everything You’re Owed
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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