If you were struck by a vehicle while walking on the road or sidewalk, you may be able to recover compensation to help you pay your medical expenses and other damages you suffered. The team at the Fitch Law Firm LLC can offer you legal guidance about your next steps.
Ohio is an at-fault state, and pedestrian accident injuries are a form of personal injury. Our lawyers can help you file a claim or lawsuit, and you might be able to win compensation if we can prove that the driver’s error, negligence, recklessness, or incompetence caused your accident. You can learn more about your legal options during a free consultation with our legal team in our Dayton office.
Recoverable Damages and Determining the Value of Your Case
We can assess your monetary and non-monetary damages to determine how much your case is worth. Having this figure in mind is important for several reasons, including that it can help you avoid settlement offers that are too low and do not meet your needs. How much you can recover in your pedestrian accident will depend on various factors, including how severe your injuries are and how extensive your recovery time is.
Monetary damages (economic damages) you could recover include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning ability
- Property damage
The value of each of these can be documented with medical records, billing statements, invoices, receipts, time cards, and other paperwork.
Non-monetary damages (non-economic damages) can include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Disability and disfigurement
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Loss of companionship
Recovering Wrongful Death Damages
State law allows certain individuals to pursue a wrongful death action if they lost a loved one to a pedestrian accident. If you are eligible, we can help you take legal action to help you recover compensation for:
- The decedent’s final medical expenses
- Funeral, burial, or cremation costs
- Mental anguish of surviving family members (e.g., spouse, dependent children, parents)
- Loss of your loved one’s protection, counsel, guidance
More information about wrongful death damages and who is eligible to file for a wrongful death action can be found in Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §2125.02.
You Must Gather Evidence to Support Your Claims
To file a claim or lawsuit for damages, you need proof that the actions of a driver or another road user resulted in your accident. You may use the following to support your case:
- Police reports
- A driver’s use of electronic devices from behind the wheel
- A driver’s medical and driving records
- A vehicle’s maintenance logs
- Eyewitness testimony
- Dashcam footage, surveillance footage, or other forms of video or photo evidence
You must gather this evidence and establish a link between the actions of the at-fault driver and the accident in which you suffered damages. You must also quantify your damages. Once you have done that, you may file a claim or lawsuit for compensation with the at-fault driver’s insurer.
For a free legal consultation with a pedestrian accidents lawyer serving Dayton, call 614-545-3930
How We Can Help You Pursue Damages in Your Accident
Hiring legal representation can ensure your legal matters are being handled while you recover from your accident. We can do many things on your behalf if we manage your case, including:
- Identifying who is responsible for your injuries
- Proving the liable party’s negligence with evidence
- Filing your claim with an insurance company
- Drafting a demand letter
- Reviewing and collecting evidence to prove the liable party’s negligence
- Handling all communications concerning your case and representing you at all times
- Negotiating with the liable party’s insurer and attorney for you
- Reviewing settlement offers to ensure you get the compensation that fits your needs
We will keep you updated on any developments, explain any laws and legal terms concerning your case, and answer your questions and concerns.
Affording an Attorney
We work on contingency, which means we take no upfront payment from you to start on your case. If you win a financial award, we will receive our payment then. If you do not win your case, you will owe us nothing. We can answer any questions or concerns you have about payment arrangements. We ensure that our clients understand every payment agreement before we start on their cases.
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You Have a Limited Time to Take Legal Action in Your Case
Many times, injury cases are settled outside the courtroom. However, if we cannot settle your case outside of court, we can represent you at trial. We will also file your injury lawsuit or wrongful death lawsuit with the court within Ohio’s statute of limitations.
If you are filing a personal injury lawsuit, you have two years under Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §2305.10. You also have two years to file a wrongful death action, per ORC §2125.02. If you are not sure how the deadlines apply to your situation, we can help determine that during a free case review.
Ohio Law and Liability in Pedestrian Accidents
The law is very clear about who has the right-of-way on the road. Based on the laws that apply to your accident, we can help you determine who was at fault for breaking the law and causing an accident. If more than one party is responsible, we will name them in your lawsuit.
Per ORC §4511.46, drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians when the following circumstances apply:
- When there are no traffic control signals installed or traffic control signals that are installed are not working
- When another vehicle has stopped for pedestrians in a crosswalk
- When pedestrians are in or about to enter the crosswalk
Per ORC §4511.48, pedestrians are required to yield the right-of-way to vehicles when:
- They wish to cross a road anywhere except at an intersection
- A pedestrian tunnel or crossing is available
Pedestrians must also yield the right-of-way to ambulances, police vehicles, fire trucks, and other emergency vehicles that approach them with their lights flashing and/or their sirens on.
Pedestrians Can Be Held Liable for Accidents, Too
If a driver or pedestrian is proven guilty of breaking any of these road-sharing laws, that party may be at fault for any resultant accidents. Similarly, if a vehicle operator breaks any driving rules and strikes a pedestrian in the process, they may be held liable for the pedestrian’s damages.
If you are a pedestrian who is partially at fault for your accident, you could still seek damages if you can prove the other party’s percentage of fault is greater than yours. However, per Ohio’s modified comparative negligence law, ORC §2315.33, you will receive what’s left of your award after your percentage of fault is deducted from it. If you are 51% or more at fault in your pedestrian accident, you will not be able to recover damages.
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What Happens If Your Pedestrian Accident Is a Hit-and-Run?
We encourage you to still pursue financial recovery. If someone hit you and kept going, we recommend that you file a police report, get prompt medical attention for your injuries, and then consider getting legal counsel. We may be able to help you seek compensation from your insurer if you have uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage on your insurance policy.
Pedestrian Accidents Can Have Severe Consequences
Although strict laws govern pedestrians’ rights on the road, too many pedestrians are killed every year in preventable accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 6,200 pedestrians lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2018.
Pedestrian accidents can lead to severe injuries, such as:
- Spinal cord damage
- Head and brain trauma
- Nerve and muscle damage
- Broken bones
- Fractures and contusions
- Cuts and lacerations
After an accident, you might be unable to work, move, or perform basic tasks without assistance. Injuries like spinal cord damage and broken bones can take months or years to recover fully. During that time, you might have to endure pain, suffering, medical treatment costs, and potentially a loss of income.
Pedestrian accidents can also cause a ripple effect of social losses, which might include business productivity losses, litigation costs, insurance overheads, and legal and administrative processing costs.
Call Our Attorneys Today About Your Dayton-Area Pedestrian Accident
Doing the above—collecting evidence, quantifying damages, and filing a claim or lawsuit—can be challenging, especially if you are trying to do them while injured. We can help you with your case.
Call the Fitch Law Firm LLC today for a free consultation. Our team will review your accident and help you build the strongest case to help you receive the financial recovery that can help you rebuild your life.