Legal Help if Injured as a Pedestrian in Car Accident
People have many different preferences when it comes to transportation, but at some point, everyone is a pedestrian. Being a pedestrian can make you more susceptible to injury. If you’ve been hurt because of another’s negligence, reach out to an Ohio personal injury lawyer today.
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At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our motor vehicle accident lawyers understand that not every car crash is between two sedans. Not everyone involved in a collision is driving their own vehicle for personal reasons. In Ohio, all types of motor vehicle accidents occur, including those involving large commercial trucks, passenger buses, construction and farm equipment, planes, and trains. You may not be in a vehicle at the time of the crash. You or a loved one may have been struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian or cyclist.
At our firm, our Ohio personal injury attorneys have decades of experience handling all types of pedestrian, cyclist, and other motor vehicle collisions in addition to typical car wrecks. We are here to help you no matter what type of accident you were injured in. Give our auto accident lawyers a call at 1-800-HURT-NOW, or reach out through our contact form to schedule a time to talk.
Pedestrian Accidents in Ohio
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, there were 140 and 145 pedestrian fatalities in 2016 and 2017, respectively. That is a considerable increase from the 118 pedestrian fatalities that occurred in 2015. You can also presume that hundreds, if not thousands, of pedestrians, were also injured in motor vehicle accidents in recent years. At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we are here to represent you after you were injured in a:
If you were walking, running, or participating in another activity in public and were struck by a vehicle, call our motor vehicle accident lawyers right away. Whether you were standing next to your vehicle parked at the side of the road or were on the sidewalk, we are here to investigate the crash, determine liability, and fight for you to receive compensation.
When you or your children walk in the crosswalk, you assume you won’t get hurt. It is intended to be a safe zone for you to cross from one side of the street to another. Drivers can easily ignore the crosswalk, however, and crash into you. If you were struck by a vehicle while in the crosswalk, call our auto accident lawyers immediately.
When drivers are in school zones, they must adhere to specific rules and keep a close lookout for children. The hours just before and after school are the most dangerous. If your child was hit by a vehicle in a school zone, contact us right away. We will thoroughly investigate the accident to determine if the driver was violating a law. We will use any evidence of a traffic violation to fight for your right to compensation.
Lime and Bird scooters are popular in many large cities throughout Ohio. Despite their fun nature, these scooters can cause serious injuries and harm to those who ride them. If you were hurt on a Lime or bird, call KNR for help today.
Whether you are an avid cyclist or your child prefers to bike to school, you and your family have every right to bike safely from one place to another. This is a common and healthy mode of transportation until a driver is careless behind the wheel. If you or your child were struck by a vehicle while riding a bike, contact us right away for help.
The motor vehicle accident lawyers at our firm have handled many pedestrian accidents. We have taken on cases involving serious and catastrophic injuries, and fought for our clients to receive the compensation they deserve. We also have experience with accidents involving children, and we fight hard for those kids and their families to receive the compensation they need for a better future.
Causes of Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
Pedestrian and bicycle accidents occur wherever there are moving vehicles. These accidents take place on main roads, quiet neighborhood streets, and parking lots. However, most pedestrian and cyclist accidents occur in urban cities, such as Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland.
These areas see a higher percentage of pedestrian and cyclist fatalities than in rural areas of Ohio. In fact, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo, and Dayton were all ranked high on a list of cities with the worst traffic compiled by INRIX, a global transportation analytics firm.
Sadly, where there are more vehicles, there are bound to be more pedestrian accidents. Some of the factors that increase the rate of pedestrian and cyclist accidents in cities include:
- Population of the area and population density
- Time of day and the number of commuters on sidewalks and streets
- Uneven and poorly maintained sidewalks
- Poorly designed intersections
- Incorrectly programmed or defective traffic and walk signals
- Congested traffic
- Distracted drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists
- Failure to be aware of surroundings
- Alcohol consumption of drivers and pedestrians
- Speeding vehicles
If you were injured due to any of the above scenarios, contact the motor vehicle accident lawyers at our firm today for help.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
When you or a loved one a struck by a vehicle without the protection of being in another car, you are likely to suffer considerable injuries. The extent of the harm caused to you often depends on the speed of the vehicle and whether it directly collided with you. When you are hit by a vehicle, even a relatively small car, you may suffer:
- Broken bones, including complex fractures that require surgery
- Concussions or more serious traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Neck and back injuries, such as crushed, slipped, or herniated disks
- Spinal cord injuries, including those involving partial or complete paralysis below the injury site
- Soft tissue injuries to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments
- Disfiguring lacerations
- Organ damage and internal bleeding
What Can I Do If My Child was Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?
Many adults walk as part of their commute to and from work, and some jog or run for exercise. However, a significant portion of pedestrians and bicycle riders are children. Kids are often outside, walking to and from school, the park, or to their friends’ homes. During the warm months, many children spend entire days outdoors, running around and riding their bikes. While you may assume your children are safe close to home, even the quietest neighborhoods can witness vehicle accidents involving children.
If your child was injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, concentrate on getting them the medical attention they need. You may worry about health insurance and the bills, and that is where we come in. When you are confident your child’s injuries were caused by a negligent driver, you should contact one of our motor vehicle accident lawyers as soon as possible. We will thoroughly investigate what happened and gather evidence of the driver’s fault. We will guide you through the insurance claims process, and when necessary, file a personal injury lawsuit against the motorist. We will strive to help you obtain the compensation you and your child deserve for your expenses related to the accident, future medical expenses, and the trauma your child experienced.
We Represent Individuals Hurt in All Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we have decades of experience handling all types of motor vehicle accidents, including:
- Passenger Van Accidents
- Postal Vehicle Accidents
- Agricultural Vehicle Accidents
- Airplane Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Charter Bus Accidents
- Construction Vehicle Accidents
- Railroad/FELA Injury Accidents
- Recreational Vehicle Accidents
Our legal team is well-versed in the various federal and state regulations these different types of vehicles must adhere to. For example, commercial trucks must adhere to many federal regulations including in regard to truck inspections and restrictions on a driver’s hours of service. We know how to investigate these accidents to determine if the vehicle operator, their employer, or the vehicle manufacturer violated the law.
Our motor vehicle accident lawyers are also experienced in the complexities of these cases, including comparative negligence claims. We know it can be intimidating when you are injured in an accident and the liability ultimately rests with a large company, who is likely represented by a large insurer. They may attempt to fight back and claim you are partially at fault for your injuries. We are not afraid to go up against corporations, prove their liability, and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Common Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents
Auto accidents occur for all types of reasons, though many of them are related to the driver’s careless or reckless conduct. If you were struck by another vehicle driver, it may be because that driver was:
- Speeding above the legal limit
- Driving too fast for road or weather conditions
- Driving recklessly or aggressively
- Violating the rules of the road
- Undertaking a dangerous maneuver, such as a U-turn
- Operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both
- Overly drowsy or fatigued
- Not properly licensed to operate the vehicle
- Distracted by something inside or outside of the vehicle
How a Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney Can Help You
After you were hurt in an accident, you may not know what happened or why. You may only have a small idea of what went wrong before the crash occurred, which could be right or wrong. You may have believed a truck driver was speeding, yet an investigation may determine the truck’s brakes failed because of a manufacturing defect. That is why it is essential you contact our motor vehicle accident lawyers immediately following an accident.
The police may conduct a quick investigation at the scene, but that is not their priority. The police will focus on getting everyone the medical help they need or to a safe place. Next, they will quickly determine whether you or another party violated a traffic law, and they may issue one or more tickets. Next, they will try and clear the scene as soon as possible so normal traffic can resume.
You will need an experienced legal team to conduct an in-depth investigation of the accident as soon as possible. This increases the chance that you obtain the evidence you need to establish the other party’s fault and legal liability. When the accident involves a commercial vehicle, it is even more essential we begin investigating right away. We will strive to preserve the evidence that the other party controls, including company records, the vehicle itself, and any electronic data gathered and stored by the vehicle.
Once we have the evidence we need, then we will strive to obtain you the compensation you deserve. This part of the process often focuses on working with an insurance company. We will always protect your rights against insurers, which includes looking out for bad faith, and unfair and deceptive practices. If you believe an insurer is treating you poorly and is breaking the law, we will not hesitate to fight for your right to compensation in court, and when necessary, represent you in a claim against the insurer.
Contact Our Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers Today
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we are known for our personal injury representation throughout the community because we put clients first. We are always available to address your questions and concerns, and we will guide you through the insurance and legal processes with compassion. We are also aware that finances are typically tight after an accident, and we keep your budget in mind. We believe money should never hold someone back from legal representation, which is why we work on a contingency fee basis. We will never ask you to pay a fee unless we win a favorable outcome in your case.
To talk with one of our motor vehicle accident lawyers about how we can help you after a pedestrian, bicycle, or other motor vehicle accident, contact us through our online form, or call 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a free consultation.