Ohio drivers are often dangerously unaware that they’re sharing the roadways with pedestrians. In 2015, 118 pedestrians were killed by a motor vehicle. Those lucky enough to survive a pedestrian accident face devastating injuries, costly medical bills, and possible permanent disability. If you were injured as a pedestrian, you are entitled to have the at-fault driver pay for all of your losses.
|Motor Vehicle Fatalities||898||987||879||900||965|
|OVI-Related Fatal Crashes||383||453||318||338||365|
|Heavy Truck-Involved Fatalities||84||113||106||102||132|
*Source: DPS Electronic Crash Record system. Updated on 2/26/2016.
If you haven’t already, immediately go to a doctor to receive a full checkup. Even if you think you are OK, you may have suffered hidden injuries that may take time to show symptoms. If your injuries aren’t documented soon after the accident, it may be difficult or impossible to later make a claim.
Next, talk to a personal injury attorney. Even if you are working with the insurance company, they have an interest in paying you as little as possible, so you want an advocate who can help you understand what you’re entitled to.
If you were partially at fault, you can still make a pedestrian accident claim, but the damages you receive will be reduced. For example, if you cross an intersection against a don’t walk sign and are struck by a driver who ran a red light, the court might decide both you and the driver were 50 percent liable for the accident. The driver would be responsible for paying 50 percent of your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
You can generally use the fact that someone violated safety-related laws as evidence of that person’s responsibility for an accident. Ohio bans drivers under 18 from using cell phones, and all drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. Because this type of cell phone use is considered unsafe as a matter of law, you would not need to take additional steps to prove distracted driving caused the accident.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, you only have a limited amount of time to make a claim. Contact a personal injury attorney in Ohio as soon as possible to discuss your next steps.