Columbus Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
While any type of motor vehicle collision may pose a substantial danger of causing serious injuries, this risk is exponentially greater when a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle. Although pedestrians are supposed to have right of way and to be protected by crosswalks, walk/don’t walk traffic signals and other pedestrian safety features, many inattentive and negligent drivers fail to obey these warnings or to watch for pedestrians, which often results in devastating injuries and wrongful death. Since pedestrians struck by motor vehicles have no protection, their injuries are often more severe than those suffered in other motor vehicle accidents. Columbus pedestrian accidents often lead to life-changing injuries. These potentially deadly accidents may mean outrageous medical bills and the inability to work. Our experienced Columbus pedestrian accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates are committed to employing effective legal strategies and aggressively pursuing the financial compensation out clients need to recover and move on with their life.
Columbus pedestrian accidents can be caused by many kinds of unsafe driving and result in over 59,000 injuries and four thousand fatalities each year nationally. Pedestrian accidents cause twelve percent of all motor vehicle accident related fatalities and disproportionately impact the elderly and children. Almost twenty percent of pedestrian accident fatality victims are age 65 or above while children age fifteen or below account for 25 percent of all pedestrian related injuries. Some of the most common causes of Columbus pedestrian accidents include:
- Drivers who are distracted by portable electronic devices
- Those who violate speed limits or fail to drive safely given driving conditions
- Drunk drivers and drugged drivers
- Drivers who fail to driver carefully in school zones or around stopped school buses
- Motorists blowing through stop signs and stoplights
- Lack of attention by drivers particularly near intersections and crosswalks
- Drivers that fall asleep while driving
- Unsafe driving in construction or work zones
- Reckless driving
While these types of careless driving cause many pedestrian accidents, there are other factors that may contribute to pedestrian accidents including urban development that focuses primarily on motor vehicles rather than Columbus residents who walk, job and run. Even if a negligent motorist plays a significant factor in a Columbus motor vehicle accident, the failure of municipalities and other public entities to develop safe roadways that provide adequate pedestrian safety may also serve as a basis for imposing liability. If negligent design or maintenance of traffic signals, construction zones or other roadway hazards contributes to a Columbus pedestrian accident, the public entity may be liable, but there are special procedures and timing requirements that must be complied with to successfully pursue a claim against a governmental entity. A vehicle manufacturer may also be liable if a vehicle involved in a pedestrian accident malfunctions because of a product defect.
The extensive injuries that are typical in pedestrian accidents can impose extreme financial challenges on an injury victim and the victim’s family. Many victims in Columbus pedestrian accidents must undergo treatment for months so that they are unable to work. It is not uncommon to suffer at least partial disability so that you cannot engage in your chosen occupation in the future. While we know that we cannot eliminate the physical pain you may endure or restore lost physical or mental functioning, we can help you obtain the resources necessary to protect your quality of life and take care of your family. We provide compassionate and effective legal representation for those who suffer all forms of Columbus pedestrian accident injuries including:
- Head injuries like traumatic brain injuries
- Paralysis of the extremities from spinal cord damage
- Burns including full thickness burns
- Fractures or broken bones including those requiring surgery
- Damage to knees and other joints
- Amputation of limbs
Severe injuries like these can mean overwhelming medical bills which can force a family to the brink of bankruptcy. Our experienced Columbus pedestrian accident attorneys understand the tactics and strategies used by insurance companies to reduce or avoid liability for pedestrian accident claims. We draw on nearly three decades of experienced when negotiating the resolution of Columbus pedestrian accident claims with insurance companies. If you or a loved one suffers severe injury in a Columbus pedestrian accident or a loved one dies, we may be able to obtain the following forms of compensation:
- Lost income and impaired future earning potential
- Hospital, medication, diagnostic and other medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished enjoyment of life experiences
- Property (e.g. vehicle) repair or replacement
- Costs of wrongful death like funeral/burial expenses
- Exemplary/Punitive Damages (appropriate to punish particularly unacceptable conduct)
If you or someone close to you has been involved in a Columbus pedestrian accident, we recognize that you may be feeling enormous stress, confusion and uncertainty about the future. Our dedicated and compassionate Columbus pedestrian accident lawyers are committed to seeking the best possible results on behalf of pedestrian accident victims.
Know your legal rights! If you or someone close to you has been injured by the negligence of a third party in a Columbus pedestrian accident, our experienced Columbus pedestrian accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates are committed to seeking the best possible outcome for our clients. We encourage you to schedule a free consultation because there is absolutely no obligation for us to evaluate your Columbus pedestrian accident claim. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.