Could Ohio’s New Distracted Driving Law Affect Your Car Accident Case?
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KNR Legal Blog
When we think about traffic safety, we mostly consider car accidents. But another important consideration is pedestrian safety. In fact, Columbus pedestrian-car accidents are increasingly common. But why?
If you or a loved one are injured after being struck by a car, contact the Columbus pedestrian accident lawyers at KNR. We know how to handle these cases and have what it takes to get the compensation you need. Call (614) 487-8669 for a free, no-risk consultation.
In the past three years, the number of individuals hit and killed by cars in Columbus has increased. In 2019, The Columbus Dispatch reported 431 crashes involving pedestrians. Twenty-three of the collisions were fatal, 64 caused serious injuries, and another 246 caused minor injuries.
Columbus isn’t alone in the trend of rising pedestrian deaths—the number of pedestrians killed in Ohio has steadily gone up in recent years. In 2014, only 93 pedestrian fatalities occurred across the state. By 2018, there were 133 pedestrian deaths statewide, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Between 2009 and 2018, there were a total of 1,101 fatal pedestrian crashes across the state, the Walk.Bike.Ohio report noted.
Pedestrians, vehicle drivers, and city planners all might be to blame for pedestrian-vehicle crashes. Each situation is unique, but some of the common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
The Ohio Department of Transportation is developing its first pedestrian and bicycle plan: Walk.Bike.Ohio. The goal is to create new transportation policies and invest in new infrastructure and programs that will improve pedestrian and cyclist safety throughout the state.
Also, the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Council (MORPC) is working to reduce pedestrian-vehicle crashes, ABC 6 reported. MORPC is interested in prioritizing dangerous areas that need sidewalks.
Hopefully, pedestrian safety will improve. But right now, Columbus residents are at risk when they decide to go for a walk or bike to work. If a driver hits you or a relative, don’t hesitate to contact KNR. Our team is skilled in representing pedestrians who were injured by negligent drivers, and we have a successful record in recovering fair compensation.
You can reach out to us online or call (614) 487-8669. We offer free, confidential consultations and accept cases on a contingency fee basis. There are no upfront fees, and we only get paid when we win you compensation.