WHEN PEDESTRIAN COLLISIONS OCCUR THE CONSEQUENCES ARE TRULY DEVASTATING FOR THE VICTIM
Pedestrian safety remains a very serious problem both in Northwest Ohio and throughout the United States. Far too many innocent people are seriously injured or killed due to the negligence of inattentive drivers. According to data from the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS), 2,511 pedestrians were injured in our state in the year 2015 alone. Unsurprisingly, when a pedestrian collision does occur, the consequences can be truly devastating for the victim. Injured pedestrians may require extended, even life-long medical treatment.
Yet, sadly far too often pedestrian accident victims struggle to recover the compensation they desperately need. At Groth & Associates, our top-rated Ohio car accident lawyers have a deep understanding of the challenges that injured pedestrians face when bringing a personal injury claim. If you or a loved one was hurt as a pedestrian in Ohio, we are standing by, ready to do what we can to help. We will review your case and determine exactly what you need to do to recover the full and fair compensation you deserve.
RISK FACTORS FOR PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS
A pedestrian accident can occur at literally any moment when someone is near a moving vehicle. If a person is crossing a street, walking in or near a roadway or walking in a parking lot, they need to be on the lookout for passing cars. Sadly, there are many distracted and inattentive drivers on our roads. Notably, driver error is responsible for the overwhelming majority of pedestrian accidents in the Toledo region. It is also worth highlighting that there are times where the risk of a pedestrian accident increases dramatically. More specifically, the three biggest risk factors for these types of collisions are as follows:
- Crossing the street: ODPS data indicates that approximately 80 percent of pedestrian collisions occur while the victim is in a roadway, crossing a street. Always look both ways when crossing. Additionally, if you are crossing away from a marked crosswalk, you need to be particularly careful.
- Reduced visibility: Reduced visibility is considered to be one of the top risk factors for pedestrian accidents. If you are walking at night, at dawn, at dusk or in bad weather conditions, you need to be alert for traffic. Never assume that a driver will see you. Always go out of your way to make yourself as visible as you can.
- Streets without sidewalks: Many roads in Northwest Ohio lack proper sidewalks. In some places, this forces pedestrians to walk in rather dangerous spots on the side of the road. Whenever possible, take the path that keeps you on a sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, always walk in the direction facing the oncoming traffic.
PROVING LIABILITY FOR A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT IN OHIO
Along with most other personal injury claims, injured pedestrians must prove liability for their crash under Ohio’s comparative negligence law. In the simplest terms, negligence is the failure to perform an action with proper care. If a driver’s unsafe actions or inactions caused your injuries, you can hold them liable for your damages. Though, applying Ohio’s negligence standard to real-world cases can sometimes be challenging. As a pedestrian accident victim, you should get a qualified Toledo personal injury by your side as soon as possible after their crash. Your attorney will be able to review your case and determine exactly what evidence you need to acquire to prove negligence.
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HOW MUCH IS MY PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT CASE WORTH?
The value of your Ohio pedestrian accident claim will always depend on the total value of your damages. Under Ohio law, accident victims are entitled to be “made whole”. This means that victims have a right to be put back into the same position that they would have been in had their pedestrian accident never taken place. Our aggressive personal injury lawyers help injured pedestrians fight for every penny that they deserve. This includes compensation for:
- Emergency room fees and other hospital bills;
- Any other medical expenses, including those related to rehabilitation;
- Required physical therapy and psychological counseling;
- Long-term disability;
- Lost current and future wages;
- Pain and suffering and emotional distress;
- Loss of limb;
- Loss of life enjoyment;
- Wrongful death damages.
Contact Us After a Pedestrian Accident in Ohio
At Groth & Associates, our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience handling pedestrian injury claims. If you were hurt as a pedestrian in Northwest Ohio, please contact us today to set up a free review of your case. We have offices in Toledo and Bowling Green and we represent victims throughout the region, including in Maumee, Portage and Holland.