When you’re on foot, you are susceptible to the dangerous driving practices of the motorists with whom you come in contact. Driver negligence can come in many dangerous varieties that all leave you at an increased risk of being seriously injured.
There’s something enjoyable about heading out on foot, enjoying the fresh air, and making the most of your day. As a pedestrian, however, you’re exceptionally vulnerable to life-threatening pedestrian accidents, and driver negligence is often at the root of these dangerous accidents. If you or your loved one has been injured by someone else’s negligence in a pedestrian accident, don’t wait to seek the help you need from an experienced Columbus pedestrian accident attorney.
Pedestrians do not have a metal covering or shell surrounding them at the time an accident occurs. Consequently, if they are struck by a motor vehicle at an intersection crosswalk – or in a parking lot or garage – they can suffer serious and debilitating injuries. This is especially true if the force of the collision causes the pedestrian to strike the ground.
In a pedestrian accident, the accident victim could suffer a serious bone fracture, traumatic head injury, soft tissue injury (such as a muscle sprain or strain), or internal injuries. In many cases, when a pedestrian accident victim falls on his or her neck/back, the pedestrian could suffer spinal cord damage that leads to full or partial paralysis.
All of these injuries can lead to a significant amount of medical treatment and mounting medical bills. You might also need to miss days or even weeks of work in order for you to fully recover from your injuries.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shares all the following significant statistics related to pedestrian accidents in the United States:
When you are walking, always make your personal safety a primary focus.
As mentioned, pedestrian accidents are often precipitated by driver negligence in one or more of its many forms, including the following:
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident that was caused by another person’s recklessness or negligence, such as the negligence of a motor vehicle operator, you could file a claim against that person’s insurance company. The claims process begins by getting the insurance company to accept fault — or liability — for the accident. Once that happens, your Columbus pedestrian accident attorney could submit a demand letter and associated documentation for settlement purposes. That documentation usually includes a copy of any incident report that was prepared following the accident, medical treatment records, medical bills, lost wage documentation, and photographs of your injuries.
The demand package will also include a written demand for settlement (sometimes, up to the policy limits of coverage) and sometimes a victim impact statement. The victim impact statement, which is usually prepared by the injured pedestrian, will explain the effects that the accident and injuries have had on his or her overall well-being and life.
The ultimate value of a pedestrian accident case depends upon certain factors, including the nature and extent of your injuries, the cost of your medical treatment and any procedures that you had done, whether you missed any time from work, and whether you suffered a permanent injury. In order for an injury to be deemed permanent, a health care provider must state in writing or testify in court, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, that the injury which you suffered was caused by the accident and is expected to affect you for the remainder of your life.
In order for a settlement offer to be considered ‘reasonable,’ it should fairly and adequately compensate you, not just for your medical bills, lost wages, and any other out-of-pocket costs, but also for your inconvenience, pain, and suffering. If the injuries that you suffered in your pedestrian accident prevent you from being able to use a body part, you could assert a loss of use claim. In addition, you could pursue compensation for loss of quality of life, along with loss of spousal companionship and consortium.
If a driver’s negligence leaves you injured in a pedestrian accident, Geoff Jones at The Jones Firm in Columbus, Ohio, is a dedicated pedestrian accident attorney who is committed to employing his exemplary experience in his concerted effort to help you recover on your losses – in their entirety. Your rights and your rightful compensation are too important not to contact us online or call us at 614-209-5162 for more information today.
At The Jones Firm, we treat you like family. You are not just another client or claim number.
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