Pedestrian accidents occur with alarming frequency. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that there were over 6,200 pedestrian fatalities in the United States in 2018. The NHTSA also reports that there were roughly 75,000 pedestrians injured in police-reported motor vehicle crashes in 2018.
These are significant findings. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to hold the party or parties responsible for the crash liable for your injuries and any damages you suffered in the accident.
You do not have to fight for compensation on your own. A Columbus pedestrian accident lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC may be able to handle all aspects of your personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
To learn more about your rights in a free case review with a member of our team, call the Fitch Law Firm LLC today at
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Driver distraction
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Intoxicated driving
- Blocked line of sight
- Malfunctioning traffic control signals
- Unclear sidewalks, crosswalks, yield signs, or lane markings
- Sudden changes in traffic conditions
- Driver unfamiliarity with pedestrian traffic rules
If a driver is intoxicated, their response times may be slowed, and they may be more likely to make driving errors. If a driver speeds, it may be harder to come to a stop or take evasive actions in response to changes in road conditions or a pedestrian crossing the road. In crowded areas, drivers may be unable to see beyond the vehicle in front of them, and confusion at traffic lights or intersections can lead to a pedestrian accident as well.
Vehicles often strike pedestrians in crosswalks, especially when the vehicle operator does not know that pedestrians in the crosswalk have the right of way. Vehicles may also strike pedestrians while backing up in parking lots and private driveways.
No matter how your pedestrian accident happened, the Fitch Law Firm LLC can investigate your accident and identify the responsible party if we represent you.
For a free legal consultation with a pedestrian accidents lawyer serving Columbus, call 614-963-2808
Personal Injury Claims
If you suffered injuries or other losses as a result of the negligent actions of someone else, you can file a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit against them.
Anyone operating a motor vehicle on the road is assumed to owe other road users a duty of care. This means that all vehicle operators must be licensed and must follow all driving laws that apply to them. This includes but is not limited to following posted traffic signs, avoiding drinking and driving, avoiding distractions while driving, and ensuring vehicle upkeep.
A failure to do so may qualify as a breach of the duty of care. Anyone who fails to meet the duty of care may be held liable for their actions.
To file a personal injury claim against an at-fault driver whom you hold responsible for your pedestrian accident, you typically must:
- Gather evidence to prove his or her guilt
- Prove you suffered damages serious enough to warrant a claim
- Quantify your damages
- File your claim with the at-fault party’s insurer
A Columbus pedestrian accident lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC can manage all of these tasks on your behalf when we represent you. To learn more about our services during a free case review with a member of our team, call the Fitch Law Firm LLC at
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Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries and Damages
You can sustain a wide range of injuries in a pedestrian accident. The larger a vehicle and the faster it is traveling when it strikes a pedestrian, the more serious the pedestrian’s injuries may be. Common injuries seen in pedestrian accidents include:
- Head and brain injuries
- Spinal cord, back, and neck injuries
- Broken and fractured bones
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Sprains and strains
These injuries can take days, weeks, or months to recover from. Injuries like brain contusions, nerve damage, and broken bones can require long-term treatment and may never fully recover.
After your accident, you may be dealing with the pain of your injuries, the treatment process, and an inability to work and perform basic tasks at home. If you can prove that your accident was caused by the negligence, recklessness, or driving errors of an at-fault driver, you can seek compensation for your damages, including medical care costs, lost income, and other accident-related expenses.
Contact the Fitch Law Firm LLC Today
When we work together on your case, a Columbus pedestrian accident lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC may be able to:
- Communicate with all parties on your behalf
- Gather evidence such as police reports and witness statements to support your claim
- Evaluate and quantify your losses and damages
- Negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurer or his or her representatives toward a settlement
- Take your case to trial, if necessary
- Give you legal advice, answer your questions, and provide updates on the progress of your case
As per Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §2305.10, there is a general two-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits in Ohio. If you wait too long and allow the statute of limitations to expire before taking legal action in your case, your lawsuit may be dismissed.
Because of this general deadline, we encourage you to contact our firm as soon as possible after your accident. For a free, no-obligation case review with a member of our team, call the Fitch Law Firm LLC today at
We offer representation on a contingency-fee basis where our clients are not obligated to pay us attorney fees unless and until they win their case and recover compensation via a settlement offer or court award.