Pedestrian accidents can happen almost anywhere in Columbus, Ohio. There are thousands of people who live in the city because of their connection to The Ohio State University, and many of those students, faculty members, and staff walk to work and to class. Beyond the university setting, downtown Columbus is filled with pedestrians on any given workday during business hours, and individuals and families often walk in their own Columbus neighborhoods. When a driver is not paying attention or is speeding, that driver can cause a serious accident involving one or more pedestrians.
I am an experienced personal injury lawyer in Columbus, and I know how important it is to get the compensation you deserve for an accident caused by someone else. Do not let a driver get away with causing your injuries. I can help you to file a claim for financial compensation.
Learning More About Columbus Pedestrian Accidents
Why do pedestrian accidents happen and how often do they occur? The following are statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Nearly 6,000 pedestrians suffered fatal injuries in car accidents in 2017;
- A pedestrian fatality occurs every 88 minutes on average;
- About 137,000 pedestrians needed to be treated in emergency departments for injuries in 2017; and
- Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than a vehicle occupant to be injured in a crash.
Distracted Pedestrians in Columbus and Ohio Contributory Fault Law
Were you distracted by a phone call or because you were walking and texting at the time of the accident? Distracted walking can lead to some pedestrian accidents and motor vehicle collisions, but often the car driver also bears a great deal of the responsibility for the crash. You should know, however, that the driver will try to argue that you are not entitled to any compensation under Ohio’s contributory fault law.
As long as you are less than 51% to blame, you can recover. Yet your compensation will get reduced by your percentage of negligence. You do not want this to happen. Let me show the court that you are entitled to a full recovery.
Statute of Limitations for a Columbus Pedestrian Accident
If you got hurt in a pedestrian accident in downtown Columbus, around The Ohio State University, or anywhere else in the city, you should get started on your claim as soon as possible. If you need to file a lawsuit in order to be compensated for your losses, you will need to do so relatively quickly. The statute of limitations in Ohio for most pedestrian accidents is two years from the date of the accident. If you do not get your claim filed before two years have passed, Ohio law will say that you have a time-barred claim. If you work with me from the beginning of the claims process, I will make sure that your claim is filed in a timely manner.
Contact a Columbus, OH Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Most pedestrians get hurt in Columbus, OH because of a driver’s negligence. When a motorist is careless or behaves in a reckless manner behind the wheel, you need to do everything you can to ensure that the driver compensates you for your losses. As an experienced Columbus, Ohio pedestrian accident lawyer, I am going to do everything I can to ensure the at-fault driver compensates you accordingly. I am committed to you when I say: I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call my office at 877.944.4373 for more information.