Every year, thousands of pedestrians are injured after being struck by motorists. Unfortunately, the number of these kinds of accidents is on the rise across the country. For instance, last year alone, 140 pedestrians lost their lives in Ohio after a collision with a motorist.
Although driving while intoxicated accounts for around 33 percent of pedestrian-motorist collisions, this is by no means the only cause of these kinds of accidents. Fortunately, negligent drivers can be held accountable for their failure to obey traffic laws or operate their vehicles in a reasonable manner, so if you or a loved one were struck by a vehicle while walking, jogging, crossing the street, or riding a bicycle, it is critical to speak with an experienced Perrysburg pedestrian accident lawyer who can walk you through the process of filing your own claim.
Although a variety of factors can and do contribute to the number of pedestrian accidents that occur across the state, there are a few different types of conduct that have specifically been linked to collisions between vehicles and pedestrians. Distracted driving, for instance, whether it involves texting, talking on the phone, adjusting in-vehicle technologies, or attempting to restrain children in the backseat causes a number of pedestrian accidents every year. Driving while inebriated has also proven deadly for pedestrians who are injured when drivers fail to brake at red lights, drive the speed limit, or otherwise comply with traffic laws. Authorities have also expressed concern over the role that a lack of visibility has played in the state’s increasing rate of pedestrian-vehicle collisions.
In an effort to address visibility concerns, city planning commissions have begun designing and installing high visibility crosswalk markings, pedestrian countdown timers, and rapid flashing beacons in cities across Ohio. The city of Columbus, for example, has begun using hybrid beacons, which are warning devices located on roadsides or on mast arms over mid-block crossings and are activated by pedestrians. It is hoped that these beacons will allow pedestrians to cross streets at marked crosswalks more safely by alerting drivers to the presence of pedestrians.
Despite the best efforts of city and state governments, pedestrians are still injured in collisions with vehicles at an alarming rate. Fortunately, when these types of accidents can be attributed to a driver’s negligence, the injured parties can attempt to collect damages in court by filing a personal injury claim. Those who are successful are eligible to collect compensation for both past and future medical expenses, as well as lost wages, loss of future income, property damage, and pain and suffering. To learn more about recovering damages for your own pedestrian accident, please contact our legal team today.
If you were struck by a vehicle and sustained an injury, please call 419-241-5500 to speak with one of the experienced pedestrian accident attorneys at Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC today.
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