Pedestrian accidents in Ohio are oftentimes the source of serious – and many times catastrophic – personal injuries. These accidents can occur almost anywhere, but they most commonly occur at crosswalks and intersections, on sidewalks, and in parking garages and parking lots.
Since pedestrians have limited protection around them, injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents are oftentimes very severe and long-term. The most common types of injuries that result from 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 Ohio pedestrian accident, an experienced West Unity pedestrian accident attorney may be able to help. An experienced lawyer can meet with you to discuss the facts and circumstances of your case and may be able to help you obtain monetary compensation for your injuries and damages.
One of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents is distracted driving. Distracted driving can take many forms. In some cases, it is as simple as diverting one’s attention away from the roadway, listening to loud music in the car, or rough housing with passengers in the car while driving.
Distracted driving might also involve handheld cellular phone use or texting while driving. When Ohio drivers are engaged in cell phone calls or text messaging from behind the wheel, they are diverting their attention away from their driving, which should be their sole responsibility at that time.
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 catastrophic and devastating warranting the need for a West Unity pedestrian accident lawyer.
As with distracted driving, negligent driving often takes many forms. Negligent driving usually involves failing to obey Ohio traffic laws and rules of the road, including signs on the roadway and at crosswalks and intersections. Some examples of negligent driving in the pedestrian accident context include the following:
- Failing to obey stop signs, yield signs, and other traffic signs along roadways and highways – and at crosswalks and intersections
- Failing to obey traffic control devices, such as traffic lights and blinking caution or stop lights at traffic and pedestrian intersections
- Failing to follow speed limit signs along the roadway and in parking lots and garages
- Negligently pulling out of parking spaces or failing to look in the rearview or side-view mirrors before pulling out into traffic
Negligent driving may also involve failing to drive in an appropriate manner for the weather conditions then-and-there existing. Examples of this type of negligent driving include driving too fast in the fog (or at other times when visibility is low or extremely limited), speeding in wet and rainy conditions (resulting in hydroplaning), or speeding in parking garages and parking lots.
If an injured pedestrian can prove that a driver violated a traffic statute or other 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 Ohio statute.
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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 somehow caused or contributed to the accident.
An experienced West Unity pedestrian accident attorney may be able to fight a liability dispute, negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, and/or pursue litigation through the Ohio court system.