Ohio pedestrian accidents are oftentimes the source of serious and catastrophic personal injuries and damages. These accidents can occur almost anywhere, but they are most common at crosswalks and intersections, on sidewalks, and in parking garages or parking lots.
Since pedestrians typically have little (if any) protection around them, the injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents are oftentimes severe and long-term. The most common types of personal injuries that result from Ohio pedestrian accidents are soft tissue neck and back injuries, scarring (especially facial scarring), disfigurement, cuts, bruises, fractures, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s), and, in the worst cases, death.
If you have been injured in an accident, an Ohio pedestrian accident lawyer may be able to help you prove your case. An experienced personal injury lawyer can meet with you and may be able to help you obtain monetary compensation for your injuries and damages.
Distractions While Driving
One of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents is distracted driving. Distracted driving can take many forms. In some cases, it simply involves diverting one’s attention away from the roadway, listening to loud music while driving, or roughhousing with passengers in the car while driving. Distracted driving may also involve handheld cellular phone use, GPS use, or texting while driving.
A driver’s one and only priority should be driving safely and taking care to avoid pedestrians and other vehicles while on the roadway. When drivers are distracted, the results can be devastating.
Negligent driving usually involves failing to obey established Ohio traffic laws and Ohio rules of the road, including signs on the roadway and at crosswalks and intersections. Some examples of negligent driving that typically occur in the pedestrian accident context include the following:
- Failing to obey stop signs, yield signs, and other traffic signs at crosswalks and intersections
- Failing to obey traffic control devices, such as traffic lights and blinking ‘caution’ or ‘stop’ lights at intersections
- Failing to follow speed limit signs along the roadway and in parking lots and garages
- Negligently pulling out of parking spaces, failing to look in rearview or side view mirrors before pulling out into traffic, and speeding in parking garages and parking lots
If an injured pedestrian and their Ohio pedestrian accident lawyer, can prove that a driver violated a traffic statute or other Ohio rule of the road, such as by running a red light at an intersection or disobeying some other traffic law on the books, the driver may be deemed ‘negligent per se’ under an Ohio statute. In that case, the injured plaintiff need only prove that the driver caused the accident, personal injuries, and damages.
Common injuries and damages sustained in pedestrian accidents include scarring, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, soft tissue injuries, fractures, and even death, in the worst cases.
Consult with an Ohio Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
Pedestrian accidents can result in devastating consequences. Nevertheless, insurance companies oftentimes try to deny or significantly limit their liability in these cases, claiming that the injured pedestrian caused or contributed to the occurrence.
An experienced Ohio pedestrian accident attorney can have the legal knowledge and skills to fight an insurance company’s liability dispute. An experienced lawyer may also be able to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf or pursue litigation through the Ohio court system.