Pedestrian Accidents Attorneys
An accident that occurs between a pedestrian and the driver of a motor vehicle is often more complicated than other types of accidents. One of the major issues is defining the word pedestrian, since it doesn’t just describe people walking across the street. The legal definition of pedestrian also includes people exiting a bus, joggers, roller skaters, people entering or exiting their car in a parking lot and other special situations. The national numbers are staggering.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission (NHTSC), accidents involving a pedestrian accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2011. 4,432 pedestrians lost their lives that year while another 69,000 people were injured.
If you live in Ohio and were injured by a vehicle while you on foot, consider contacting The Seitz Law Firm.
Pedestrians Have the Right-of-Way
Pedestrians always have the right-of-way over vehicles at crosswalks. Unfortunately, many drivers forget that they share the road with pedestrians or are distracted while driving. The fact is a person is simply no match for a vehicle weighing more than a ton. It only takes a few seconds for a fatality or serious injury to occur when the driver was not paying attention or deliberately refuses to yield. Regardless of how you were injured, you have the right to seek help from an attorney experienced in pedestrian accidents. The Seitz Law Firm will advise you on filing a claim against the at-fault driver and assist you in seeing the case through.
A Common Mistake Made by Victims of Pedestrian Accidents
If your injuries don’t appear to be severe, you may think that working with the driver’s insurance company is the right thing to do. One thing to remember is your goals and the goals of the insurance company are not the same. The insurance company wants to pay as little as possible, while you want fair compensation for your injuries or possibly the death of a loved one. The Seitz Law Firm’s goal is to see your rights are protected and you receive fair compensation.
Get All The Compensation You Deserve
While every pedestrian accident is unique, you may be entitled to receive for some or all of the following:
- All medical expenses associated with the accident.
- Lost wages and reduced earning potential.
- Compensation for pain and suffering.
- Punitive damages if the driver behaved in an especially reckless manner.
If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, contact The Seitz Law Firm for your free consultation before settling with the insurance company.