Pedestrians are the most vulnerable individuals on our Ohio roadways. Simply crossing the street puts them at risk of serious injury. When a pedestrian is struck by a car, truck, or even bicycle, the pedestrian typically suffers the most significant injuries. Traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, and internal organ damage, among other injuries, can leave an injured victim with life-changing consequences.
If you were struck as a pedestrian, you may have the right to seek compensation under Ohio law. To secure full recovery, let the skilled and determined Toledo pedestrian accident lawyers at Slater & Zurz fight for you.
With over 150 years of collective experience, you can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing your case is in good hands. You can be sure that every possible legal angle will be relentlessly pursued to bring you justice and closure. To learn more about your legal options following a pedestrian accident, we welcome you to contact our firm to set up your free, no-obligation consultation.
Pedestrian Accidents in Toledo
Pedestrian-related crashes are generally a result of the negligent actions of either the motorist, the pedestrian – or both. In our years of handling pedestrian injury cases, we have seen accidents occur under a vast range of circumstances. Below, however, are some of the most common types and causes.
- Hit and run accidents – According to the NHTSA, hit and run drivers cause almost 20% of pedestrian accidents.
- Distracted driving – With the increased use of cell phones and navigation systems, distracted driving is one of the leading causes of pedestrian-related crashes. Tending to children and animals, eating, and drinking can also contribute to an accident.
- Drunk driving – Both motorists and pedestrians can cause an accident when they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol as it causes a slowed reaction time and impairs their perception of distance and speed.
- Driver fatigue – When motorists and truck drivers are tired, their impairment is similar to those driving under the influence of alcohol.
- Failure to yield – Motorists can cause serious harm to a pedestrian when they fail to yield, run a red light, or roll through a stop sign.
- Speeding- Traveling at an unsafe speed prevents the driver and pedestrian from being able to react in time to avoid a collision.
- Slip and fall accidents – Uneven sidewalks, debris, or poorly maintained roadways and paths can cause a pedestrian to slip and fall.
- Hazardous conditions – Poorly lit, designed or maintained roadways, malfunctioning signals, and road hazards can lead to a serious accident involving a pedestrian.
- Construction accidents – Pedestrians can sustain injuries when walking past or through an unsafe construction site. Uneven walkways and falling debris lead to a high number of injuries.
- Public transportation accidents – Buses, trains, and trams are frequently involved in pedestrian-related accidents. Frequent stops and a high number of walkers in and around these modes of transportation are major contributors to pedestrian accidents involving public transportation.
Compensation That May Be Available to You
Being injured in a pedestrian accident can be devastating not just physically, but emotionally and financially as well. Because pedestrians are so vulnerable to injury, we understand that you may have a long road ahead to recovery.
Though thankfully, if someone else is responsible for the crash, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses. Every pedestrian injury case is different. However, damages that may be available to you include:
- Medical expenses
- Prescription medication
- Rehabilitation, including physical therapy
- Lost wages and earning potential
- Modifications due to your disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Lost enjoyment
- Loss of consortium
- Wrongful death (if you lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident)
To secure full and fair compensation, our attorneys will work with our assembled team of medical and financial experts to ensure all past and future damages are accurately accounted for.
Statute of Limitations for Toledo Pedestrian Accident Cases
A statute of limitations is a law that sets forth the time limit an individual has to commence legal action. This time limit begins on the date the alleged incident occurred. In Ohio, a victim has two years to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. If you do not act within the two-year statute of limitations, you will likely forever be robbed of your chance at obtaining your rightful compensation.
In any legal matter, it is best to take action right away. Acting quickly will prevent evidence from being lost and send a strong message to the responsible party’s insurance company.
To secure the best results, we recommend consulting with one of our Toledo pedestrian accident lawyers, and, together, we will develop and implement an immediate course of action.
How Our Pedestrian Injury Attorneys Can Help
Being injured in a pedestrian accident is a frightening and stressful experience. Fortunately, you can have Toledo’s top pedestrian accident law firm on your side. Our attorneys are committed to offering our compassionate support while providing an unparalleled level of legal expertise. Below are just some of the ways we can assist you.
- Listening to and promptly addressing all of your concerns
- Answering your questions and offering thoughtful advice
- Updating you right away with any developments in your case
- Handling all communication with the insurance company and any third parties
- Meticulously investigating your accident and compiling an abundance of evidence supporting your case
- Skillfully negotiating on your behalf outside of court
- Taking the case to trial if necessary and fighting aggressively to get you the best possible result
When you choose us to represent you during what is likely one of your most challenging times, we consider it both an honor and privilege. We believe it is our utmost duty to do everything possible to secure justice on your behalf. For skilled and dedicated legal representation, contact Slater & Zurz.
Pedestrian accident settlements differ substantially. Key factors that influence your compensation include:
- The severity of your injuries
- Your prospects for a full recovery
- The amount of time you missed work
- Whether the issue of fault is clear
- The impact of your injuries on your daily life
- Any lost opportunities caused by your injuries
- Whether the accident diminished your earning capacity
Top Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Toledo, Ohio
If you or a loved one sustained injuries while walking in Toledo or elsewhere in Ohio, you have the right to seek compensation from the at-fault party. Our team of Toledo personal injury attorneys has helped injured victims get the maximum recovery for their losses for over four decades. We have the knowledge, skills, and resources to effectively fight for justice and get you the results you deserve.
Furthermore, our dedicated team at Slater & Zurz handles all of our pedestrian accident cases on a contingency fee basis. We offer this arrangement, so you don’t have to worry about paying any upfront fees or costs. We are only paid once we successfully recover damages on your behalf with a portion of your award. This way, you can seek compensation with no risk involved.
To schedule your FREE, no-obligation case review, contact us online or call (419) 658-7171.