Because pedestrian accidents often involve a person who was walking, standing, or crossing a roadway being struck by a car, they may lead to serious injuries or even be fatal.
Most states have strict laws regarding pedestrian safety, usage of crosswalks, and how drivers should watch out for pedestrians, and Ohio is no exception.
If you were injured after being hit by a car in Springfield, Ohio, you might have the option of filing a personal injury claim against the responsible party. A Springfield pedestrian accident lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC might be able to assist you with this process. Our firm coordinates insurance claims and lawsuits on behalf of our clients.
For more information on your legal options, call the Fitch Law Firm LLC now at (937) 247-6521. A member of our team is standing by to provide you with a free consultation on your case. If you qualify, we may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payments required.
Damages in a Pedestrian Accident Claim
Pedestrian accident claims exist to allow injured parties to seek compensation for injury-related costs, such as treatment or surgery, missed pay from work while healing from injuries, and more.
After being in a pedestrian accident caused by someone else, you may want to file a claim to help pay for these expenses. If you are disabled as a result of the accident or experience other long-term effects on your ability to work, you may be able to get compensation for these damages as well.
The Fitch Law Firm LLC can help you identify your damages and collect evidence of their value when we represent you.
For a free legal consultation with a pedestrian accidents lawyer serving Springfield, call 614-545-3930
Establishing the Responsible Party’s Liability
Typically, you will file your personal injury claim against the person who was responsible for the accident. In order to establish the responsible party’s liability for your damages, you may need to produce evidence that their negligence caused your injuries.
In many pedestrian accidents, the responsible party is a driver. Driver negligence may include things like violations of traffic law, failing to keep their vehicle maintained, falling asleep behind the wheel, etc. An action does not need to be intentional for it to be considered negligent.
Ohio Pedestrian Laws
The State of Ohio has laws that govern the use of crosswalks and other areas of the roadway for pedestrians and drivers.
These include the following, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT):
- Pedestrians have the right-of-way when crossing a roadway with a traffic control signal that symbolizes “walk.”
- Pedestrians have the right-of-way when crossing a roadway with a crosswalk that has no traffic control device.
- Drivers have to yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians on a sidewalk.
When a driver violates one of these or any other traffic laws and harms a pedestrian, the driver may be held liable for the pedestrian’s injuries.
If you were struck by a car while walking on a sidewalk or while trying to cross the road, a Springfield pedestrian accident lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC might be able to help you investigate your case and build a claim against the responsible party.
For a free case review with a member of our team, call the Fitch Law Firm LLC today at (937) 247-6521.
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Ways a Springfield Pedestrian Accident Lawyer May Be Able to Help You
After the accident, you may be spending a lot of time and energy trying to heal from your injuries. When you work with the Fitch Law Firm LLC on your case, we can handle the details of your claim so that you can focus on your recovery.
We may be able to provide a host of benefits when we manage your claim, such as the following:
Collecting Evidence to Support Your Claim
The Fitch Law Firm LLC can gather evidence to attempt to prove the responsible party’s negligence and show why we believe that you deserve compensation.
The evidence we collect may include:
- Your medical records
- The police report
- Witness statements
- Photos or videos from the accident scene
Offering Legal Support and Guidance
Throughout the claims process, your lawyer can advise you and help you understand the proceedings at all times. Keeping you informed and providing regular updates may help to allay your fears and concerns.
Acting on Your Behalf
Unless you are familiar with the legal world, it can be difficult to represent yourself for a legal claim. Your lawyer can act as your communications liaison and legal spokesperson, representing you during all legal proceedings.
The Deadline to Sue in Ohio
Your time to file a lawsuit is limited in Ohio. 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 to take legal action and let this deadline pass, your lawsuit may be dismissed.
The Fitch Law Firm LLC can help you protect your right to sue if you give us enough time. A member of our team can discuss what specific deadlines pertain to your case during your initial consultation.
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The Fitch Law Firm LLC Can Help You Fight for Compensation
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident caused by another party’s negligence, you do not need to fight for compensation on your own. A Springfield pedestrian accident lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC may be able to coordinate all of the legal work in your case.
To learn about your legal options in a free case review with a member of our team, call the Fitch Law Firm LLC today at (937) 247-6521. We may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis. In this agreement, our attorney fees come as a percentage of your settlement offer or court award if and when you win your case. If we are unable to help you recover compensation, you do not need to pay us attorney fees.