Pedestrians in Ohio have the right-of-way whenever they are on a sidewalk, crossing a street at a marked or unmarked crosswalk, and in a number of other situations. Given that Columbus is a city with so many students at The Ohio State University who are routinely on foot, it is especially important for motorists to understand their responsibilities to pedestrians, and for pedestrians to understand their rights if they are involved in a collision with a motor vehicle.

The following are some frequently asked questions about pedestrian accident claims in Ohio. Remember, if you are injured in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver, I can help you to seek the financial compensation you deserve.

Who is Responsible for a Pedestrian Accident?

In most pedestrian accident cases involving a collision with a motor vehicle, the driver is at fault for the crash. According to Ohio pedestrian laws, motor vehicle drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in many different scenarios. If a driver fails to yield the right-of-way, that driver can be held liable for any injuries that result from a collision. 

Is a Pedestrian Ever at Fault?

Some pedestrian accidents may involve the pedestrian’s own fault. For example, if a pedestrian crosses the street despite a “Don’t Walk” sign, or if the pedestrian is walking in an area where foot traffic is not permitted, the motorist may not be responsible. It is important to talk with me about the specific details of your case so that I can assess your claim.

Can I Still Seek Compensation if I Was Texting While Walking When the Accident Happened?

 Yes, as long as you were not 51% or more at fault for the accident. Under Ohio’s contributory negligence law, plaintiffs who are partially at fault for their injuries can still be eligible to receive compensation as long as they are not more at fault than the defendant (or combined defendants). As such, even if you were texting while walking in a crosswalk, for example, I want to make sure that driver pays for the injuries she or he caused.

How Much Time Do I Have to File a Claim?

Ohio’s personal injury statute of limitations gives most injured pedestrians two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit.

Call Me to Seek Advice About Your Pedestrian Accident Case 

Motorists in Columbus and throughout the state of Ohio must behave reasonably when they get behind the wheel of a car, and that usually means that they must give pedestrians the right of way. It also means that an injured pedestrian may be eligible to file a claim for compensation if a negligent driver causes a collision in which that pedestrian gets hurt. I often work with pedestrians to file personal injury claims, and I can discuss your options with you today. When it comes to holding negligent and careless drivers accountable for their actions, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call me today at 877.614.9524 for assistance with your claim.

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