Whether it is a beautiful sunny day, pouring down rain or a snowstorm, you have a right to your morning walk, commute or exercise workout without the fear of being hit by a vehicle, causing terrible injuries to be sustained. A pedestrian has little or no chance of coming out unscathed in a collision with a motorized vehicle such as a car or a truck. The scenarios are limitless, but some more common causes of these types of accidents are: distracted drivers not paying proper attention to the road, texting, talking on the phone, or looking at something along the roadway; driving at unsafe speeds, not being able to bring the car to a stop in time to avoid hitting you; failure to observe and follow traffic signs such as a red light or yield sign; not following all safety precautions while backing up; aggressive or inexperienced drivers and; being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If you have been struck by a vehicle while on foot, you have a right to compensation for your injuries if the accident was caused by another's negligence. Negligence is classified as the failure to do, or not to do, something that a reasonable person in like circumstances would do to protect others from harm. In Ohio you can prove negligence by showing that the person at fault owed a duty of care to the injured party, they breached that duty by actions or inactions, caused an accident because of this and harm came to you as a result.
Victims of pedestrian/vehicle accidents often sustain broken bones, traumatic head injuries, spinal cord injuries and even death. If the driver is proven clearly at fault you can collect damages but you will need an experienced Ohio attorney that has had prior dealings with this type of case to help you. They will have extensive resources for investigating your claim, identify all parties at fault and find any contributing factors that pertain to your accident. They will know the statute of limitations that apply to file your case in a timely manner if an agreement cannot be reached satisfactorily with the insurance company involved.
If you are involved in a pedestrian/vehicle accident because of negligence in Ohio, you are entitled to file an Ohio Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit and seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other damages. As with any lawsuit, the complexity of the case can be overwhelming; this is where your attorney, with their experience and knowledge, will be invaluable to you in litigating your case. Ohio's comparative liability law governs the percentage of damages you can receive, based on the amount of fault that can be assigned each party. Your attorney will have witness statements from those at the scene, footage from any surveillance cameras that may have been in close proximity, and findings contained in the police report to minimize any blame that can be attributed to your actions to get you the highest settlement possible.