Victims of Pedestrian Accidents in Ohio May Need Legal Help for Their Injuries

August 6, 2012

Auto Accidents

Pedestrian accidentEvery two hours a pedestrian in the U.S. is killed in a traffic accident, according to recent National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics which indicated 4,092 pedestrian deaths were recorded in the last year tallied.  In Ohio, this amounts to 12% of the motor vehicle accident deaths that occur in the state each year.

Statistics also show those pedestrians who survive encounters with cars, motorcycles, trucks and buses rarely have an easy time of it.  They often face serious injuries such as broken bones, traumatic brain injury and debilitating spinal cord damage.

It can take many months or even years to fully recover from these injuries and many never do.  It can also be a struggle for these pedestrians to receive the compensation they are entitled to for medical expenses, past and future lost earnings, property damage, and physical suffering and mental anguish.  It is an important time to consider getting expert help from a personal injury attorney who has fought this battle many times and knows how to proceed.

Nighttime and alcohol are major contributors to pedestrian accidents, according to the NHTSA.  Almost 50 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur between 6 p.m. and midnight and in 47% of traffic crashes which result in pedestrian fatalities, either the driver or the pedestrian was intoxicated.

Other factors contributing to pedestrian accidents are crossing the street outside of a crosswalk, darting, failure to yield, visibility problems, driver inattention, and distraction by one or both parties.  More than 75 percent of fatalities occur at non-intersections.

Ohio has a comparative liability law which may permit a pedestrian to recover damages despite the fact that he or she was partially negligent in an accident.  Under that law, if the injured person’s negligence is 50 percent or less the cause of the accident, he or she is eligible to recover their damages less the percentage caused by his own negligence.

An average of 59,000 pedestrians are injured each year—13,000 of those aged 14 and younger.  The NHSTA data also showed people aged 65 and older made up 16% of all traffic fatalities each year, including pedestrian accidents.

A driver owes a duty to a pedestrian to drive carefully.  He or she should also be aware that not all pedestrians obey traffic rules, especially the young and the elderly.  Ohio Revised Code, Section 4511, and many local ordinances define specific rules about vehicular traffic and pedestrian safety.

At Slater & Zurz LLC, our Ohio pedestrian accident lawyers have extensive experience investigating these types of cases and the resources to hire experts, if necessary, to ensure that your claim is proven.  Our attorneys will identify all the parties responsible for your injuries and all the contributing factors.  There is a two-year statute of limitations in Ohio for filing a personal injury lawsuit concerning a vehicular accident.

Please contact our firm for a free consultation by calling 1-800-297-9191 or by going to www.slaterzurz.com and sending us a Message telling us about your case.

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Slater & Zurz LLP is an Ohio law firm of highly experienced and respected attorneys. Over the last 40 years, we have developed a reputation for getting positive results for clients. We've been trusted with handling over 20,000 personal injury cases and our clients have received more than $120,000,000.

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