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Ohio Pedestrian Accident Claims

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 6,200 pedestrians lost their lives in traffic collisions in 2018. At the state level, between 2009 and 2018, there were over 1,000 fatal pedestrian accidents and more than 5,073 crashes that resulted in serious injury in Ohio. In 2018 alone, the state experienced 661 fatal/serious injury pedestrian crashes. Of those, 134 resulted in death and 527 in serious injury. The harm suffered in such collisions can be substantial, often requiring extensive medical care and missed work. If the pedestrian accident was caused by a driver, the victim may have grounds to pursue a personal injury claim against them.

At Henderson & Weatherly, our Cleveland pedestrian accident attorneys are committed to helping victims seek compensation for expenses and losses they sustained. Backed by over 70 years of combined experience and a passion for helping people navigate complex legal issues, we can fight hard to seek a just outcome on your behalf.

Request a free consultation with our team by calling (216) 220-6776 or filling out an online contact form.

Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries

Because pedestrians aren't protected the way passengers in cars are, they can suffer serious injury when involved in an accident with a motor vehicle.

Common injuries include:

  • Back injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Internal bleeding
  • Leg injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Types of Damages That Can Be Recovered

Pedestrian accidents can result in significant expenses and losses. If another person's negligence caused the collision, the victim can seek compensation for economic (those with an exact dollar amount) and non-economic (those that do not have a set value) damages.

Victims may be awarded compensation for:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Past and future lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Among others

If a loved one lost their life in a pedestrian accident, surviving family members may be able to initiate a wrongful death claim and seek recovery for funeral and burial expenses, loss of consortium, and mental anguish.

Speak with one of our pedestrian accident lawyers in Cleveland to learn more about the compensation you may be entitled to and how to determine the amount to include in your demand letter.

Pedestrian Accident Liability

Many pedestrian accidents are caused when the pedestrian or the driver fails to yield right of way as required. If the driver is negligent in their duty, they could be legally liable for damages the victim sustained.

Ohio Revised Code 4511.46 and 4511.48 concern the duties of pedestrians and drivers and are as follows:

  • If traffic signals aren't working or in place, drivers must yield right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks
  • If a car is stopped at a crosswalk, a vehicle approaching from behind must not pass that car
  • Pedestrians cannot suddenly leave a safe walkway and run or walk onto a roadway in a manner that would create a hazard
  • If a pedestrian is not in a crosswalk, they must yield right of way to vehicles
  • If an intersection has a working traffic control device, pedestrians must cross at the crosswalk
  • Pedestrians are prohibited from diagonally crossing intersections

Determining fault in a pedestrian accident requires a thorough investigation. At Henderson & Weatherly, we can review all relevant information about your case and establish a compelling legal strategy on your behalf.

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Our Cleveland pedestrian accident attorneys care about the people we help. We can provide the personalized legal representation you need and stand by your side throughout our case, seeking fair compensation for you.

If you or a loved one was injured, learn about your legal options by contacting us at (216) 220-6776.

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