Getting Hit By A Car Can Change Your Life For The Worst, So Our Cleveland Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Relentlessly Fight To Make Things Better
Approximately 5,376 pedestrians were killed (18% of all traffic fatalities) and 70,000 pedestrians suffered injuries in traffic accidents in 2015 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is because pedestrians are completely defenseless when hit by negligent drivers; and accordingly, suffer catastrophic injury, or even death. At Tittle & Perlmuter, we have experienced Cleveland Pedestrian Accident Lawyers ready to pursue your claim.
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident
1.Seek Medical Attention
Pedestrian accidents have the potential to result in very serious injuries. If you have suffered any type of injury in a collision, you need to get yourself to a physician for an immediate, in-depth medical evaluation. You will only be able to pursue a pedestrian accident claim if you have seen a doctor.
2. Report the Accident
Under Ohio law, all motor vehicle accidents that result in injuries must be reported to state or local highway enforcement officers. If you were hurt in a pedestrian crash, your accident should be reported. It is strongly in your interest to make sure that an officer is notified of the crash.
3. Get Information
To the best of your ability, you should attempt to secure evidence at the scene of your accident. This includes information from the at fault driver, witness contact information, and any other relevant evidence that you can obtain.
4. Contact an Attorney
Your pedestrian accident claim should always be handled by a top-rated Cleveland personal injury attorney. Do not speak to representatives from any opposing insurance company until after you have already consulted with your lawyer.
Caption: Hey folks, Allen Tittle here- Cleveland’s personal injury lawyer. I want to talk about pedestrian accidents, now that we’re in the middle of summer. Folks, pedestrian accidents are scary. Imagine: you get the walk signal, you’re walking in the middle of the crosswalk, you’re minding your own business. It’s in the middle of the day, you don’t think anyone’s coming- you don’t see anyone coming. Out of nowhere, a car tries to take a left hand turn, runs you down. You go flying over the car, you land on the road, you’re laying there. You wonder if you can move your legs, you hear sirens, you get loaded into the ambulance. I have that case. I’ve handled those cases, it’s scary. Folks, pedestrians have the right of way when they’re in the crosswalk and they have that walk signal. If there’s no walk signal, as long as they’re in the crosswalk, and they’re not getting in the way of vehicles that have the right of way, they have the right to cross the street. If you or a loved one has been run down by a car, a truck, when you’re a pedestrian, please visit our website and give us a call. We can help. Take care!
Compensation for Pedestrian Accidents
When a pedestrian accident occurs, he or she has the same right to seek financial compensation as any motorist. Just like other accidents involving motor vehicles, it is important to hire an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney who is aware of the issues in pedestrian accidents, and has the ability to conduct a prompt investigation of the accident and your injuries, and will work tirelessly to obtain the compensation you are entitled.
Tittle & Perlmuter can do just that. Tittle & Perlmuter can prosecute a claim against a negligent drivers in Cleveland and beyond.
Risk Factors for Pedestrian Accidents
Northeast Ohio sees more than its fair share of serious pedestrian accidents. Unfortunately, there are far too many careless and reckless drivers on our state’s roadways. A pedestrian collision can happen at any place, and at any time. That being said, there are certain risk factors that increase the likelihood of a major pedestrian accident. Specifically, the most notable risk factors include the following:
- Street crossings: The Ohio Department of Public Safety reports that nearly 8 in 10 pedestrian collisions occur while a person is crossing the street. When you are crossing the street, please always be extremely careful. Whenever possible, please cross at marked crosswalks.
- Nighttime: More than half of all fatal pedestrian crashes in Ohio occur at night. This is a striking statistic because the vast majority of driving (and walking) is done during the day. When visibility is impaired, whether due to lack of light or due to poor weather conditions, pedestrians need to take additional safety precautions.
- Urban areas: Unsurprisingly, urban areas are high-risk locations for pedestrian accidents. If you are walking in Cleveland, be careful on the city street. Do not assume that an oncoming driver will act in a safe manner. Stay alert and protect yourself.
Common Causes and Types of Pedestrian Accident Claims
The Cleveland pedestrian accident lawyers at Tittle & Perlmuter have handled numerous pedestrian accident cases, including the following:
- Speeding – the higher the speed, the higher the likelihood of a severe pedestrian injury.
- Alcohol/intoxicated or drunk driver
- Running red lights and hitting pedestrians in the crosswalk
- Right turns through crosswalks without looking for pedestrians
- Distracted driving, such as driving while talking on a cell phone or texting
- Low light conditions
Our injury lawyers are well versed in investigating the cause of the accident and prosecuting a case in order to prove your case. However, because a Statute of Limitations applies to each case, victims of a pedestrian accident have a limited time frame in which to settle or file their case, or their claims may be forever barred.
Pedestrian Accident Liability in Ohio
Ohio is an ‘at-fault’ car insurance jurisdiction. In order to hold a driver legally responsible for your pedestrian accident injuries, you must be able to prove that the driver’s negligence was a factor in causing your accident. Unfortunately, insurance companies sometimes attempt to deny injured pedestrian compensation on the grounds that the victim was at fault for their own injuries. Do not let yourself get unfairly blamed for the accident. Under Ohio’s comparative negligence rules, getting blamed for even a small percentage of your pedestrian accident can substantially reduce your ability to recover money for your injuries. At Tittle & Perlmuter, our experienced Cleveland car accident lawyers will help you assemble the evidence in a compelling manner, so that you can prove liability and hold the negligent driver accountable.
How can Tittle & Perlmuter Help Pedestrian Accident Victims
In a collision between a car and a pedestrian, the results are almost always catastrophic. Pedestrians have no protections, and accordingly, are at the mercy of the vehicle operator. Common injuries that result from pedestrian accidents are the following:
- Severe head trauma
- Brain damage
- Leg injuries
- Spinal cord injury
- Neck and back injuries
- Broken bones
If you or a loved one has suffered any of these injuries in a pedestrian accident, Tittle & Perlmuter can help. If you choose to retain Tittle & Perlmuter, we will fight for you to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other harm you have suffered.
When you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, you need to focus on getting better. However, the insurance company may be nagging you relentlessly. Don’t talk to them. Let us handle that, you focus on healing.
Free Pedestrian Accident Case Consultations
The pedestrian accident attorneys at Tittle & Perlmuter fight so you receive the compensation you deserve. We are more than happy to listen to the facts of your case and advise on the best course of action for free. That’s right – consultations are always free. Call 216-285-9991 or contact us online. We will respond quickly, and we can arrange an appointment wherever it is convenient for you.
The more time passes between the accident and the date your lawsuit is filed, the less likely we are to be able to fight and win for you. DO NOT WAIT to call us so we can maximize the likelihood of your success and earn you the compensation you deserve. There is NO FEE until we WIN so let our Cleveland pedestrian accident attorneys guide you through the process and, if you like, pursue the best possible outcome for your case with everything in our power. We will take care of everything from the moment you pick up the phone and call us, educating you about case strategy and what to expect, while we do everything we possibly can to get you the result you’re looking for. Call us now!