At Robenalt Law, we view pedestrians and bicyclists as having the right of way, and that most accidents between cars or trucks and pedestrians or cyclists will ultimately result in a finding of liability against the driver. Motorists always have to be on the lookout for pedestrians and cyclists. In accidents with vehicles, plain and simply, pedestrians and cyclists almost always win and get compensation for their injuries.
There are many reasons for pedestrians or bicyclists being struck by cars or trucks. Certain classes of people are especially vulnerable, including children, elderly persons, and disabled persons. Some of the common reasons or ways people are hit include:
Car and truck drivers should be extra vigilant in making sure they are not endangering pedestrians or bicyclists. Pedestrians and bicyclists will not be able to move out of the way as quickly, and any resulting injuries can be serious, even fatal. Pedestrians and bicyclists should make sure they are obeying traffic laws and keeping a watch out for themselves and loved ones.
Pedestrians and bicyclists can suffer a wide range of injuries after being involved in a traffic accident. Because vehicles involved in traffic accidents strike pedestrians and bicyclists at high impact, injuries can be life-threatening and serious. Some of the kinds of injuries pedestrians and bicyclists may suffer include:
Before a claim against insurance companies or against an at fault party involved in the accident, you should first understand the applicable vehicle accident laws in Ohio. Typically, if you are involved in a minor accident that results in no injuries, you may not need to obtain legal counsel. However, the best way to understand applicable Ohio laws to protect yourself is to speak with an attorney. Especially if injuries result from the car or truck accident you are involved in, then seeking out an experienced attorney would be critical to maximizing your chances of recovery. You should also seek out an experienced attorney before accepting any settlements.
Ohio is a “fault” state, so someone involved in a vehicle accident may file a claim for recovery against the person who was considered at fault for the accident. This can happen in three ways:
The driver at fault for the accident is responsible for property damage cause, and any injuries that were caused by the accident. In Ohio, drivers are required to carry a minimum amount of liability insurance or otherwise prove financial responsibility. This is done in two ways:
If you or a loved one was struck by a car or truck when you were a pedestrian or bicyclist, contact personal injury attorney Tom Robenalt at (216) 223-7535 or fill out the online form for a free consultation today.