According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrian accidents in the United States are becoming more common, hitting an almost 3-decade high in 2018. If you have been the victim of a pedestrian accident, or have lost someone you love in such a tragic event, you need a skilled personal injury attorney to hold the responsible party accountable. In Ohio, Jones Kahan Law, LLC is a firm of pedestrian accident attorneys who are both approachable and accomplished.
Serving clients throughout the Cincinnati area, we have comprehensive legal knowledge, well-honed negotiation and litigation skills, and a track record of winning maximum damages for our clients. If someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional disregard for human life has caused you serious injury, we will work hard and long to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Contacting us promptly can ensure your future and the future of your family. Moreover, we will not charge you any attorneys’ fees until we win your case.
A Pedestrian Accident Can Be Catastrophic or Even Fatal
When a person is hit by a car or truck, the pedestrian is, obviously, at a tremendous disadvantage. Not only does the vehicle outweigh the pedestrian by thousands of pounds, but the vehicle may also be traveling at a high rate of speed. Victims of pedestrian accidents are generally lucky if they come away with their lives, even if they have serious, treatable injuries. Whether another party has caused you injuries that require a long recovery period or has permanently disabled you, you are entitled to significant damages.
All too frequently, pedestrian accident victims are left with catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries, organ damage, severe burns, and/or neuromuscular injuries. If you have suffered a catastrophic injury in a pedestrian accident you may be left with:
- Limited mobility or totally paralyzed
- Loss or vision or hearing
- Chronic pain
- Cognitive impairment
At Jones Kahan, our pedestrian accident attorneys are well-prepared to fight for the financial settlement or verdict that will provide you with the ongoing care and economic security you so desperately need.
We Have Your Back and Are Committed to Winning Your Case
No matter how overwhelmed you feel after your terrible accident, we will be there to support you. We will accumulate evidence, photograph the accident site, examine medical and police records and, if necessary, contact automotive or medical experts to testify on your behalf. Even if your case is especially difficult because you have no recall of the accident, were hit by a hit-and-run driver, or the person who hit you was uninsured, we will work out the best possible strategy to get you the substantial funds you are entitled to receive.
Why Pedestrian Accidents Occur
There are many reasons for pedestrian accidents. Poor weather or road conditions may contribute, but in most cases the driver has been negligent or reckless. Common causes of pedestrian accidents are:
- Impaired or distracted drivers
- Drivers who speed or drive recklessly
- Drivers who disobey traffic signs or signals
- Drivers who fail to signal turns or lane changes
- Drivers who are fatigued
- Drivers who are incompetent
Comparative Fault in Ohio
Ohio recognizes that it is possible for more than one party to be responsible for an accident and that even victims of pedestrian accidents are not always blameless. For this reason, Ohio, like several other states, adheres to the legal concept of comparative fault. What this means is that if you are injured in a pedestrian accident, it is possible for the court to determine that you bear a portion of blame for your own injury.
In such situations, the court will assign you a percentage of blame and subtract that percentage from any damages you are awarded. If, for example, you were intoxicated at the time you were hit, the court may assign you 20 percent of the fault, assuming that you would have been more alert and sure-footed if you were sober. In this example, if you were awarded $1 million in damages for your injuries, you would actually receive $800,000 or 80 percent of your award.
What “Modified” Comparative Fault Means
Like some other states, Ohio laws work under the principle of “modified” comparative fault. This means that if the court rules that if you bear more than 50 percent of the blame for the accident, you will not be awarded any damages at all. Though this may sound alarming, don’t forget that our pedestrian accident attorneys will be with you every step of the way, making persuasive arguments about your lack of culpability.
We Are Committed to Getting You the Money That Is Rightfully Yours
When you suffer serious or catastrophic injuries, your life is turned upside down, not only by physical pain and incapacity, but by emotional distress and financial instability. The pedestrian accident attorneys at Jones Kahan are prepared to fight aggressively and strategically to win your case so that you receive compensation for:
- Medical and rehabilitative costs
- Lost income (present and future)
- Pain and suffering
- Long-term care for permanent disability
- Costs related to your recovery (housecleaning, landscaping, child care)
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If your family has suffered the unthinkable tragedy of losing a loved one to a pedestrian accident, we will file a wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf to help you win compensation for final medical costs, funeral expenses, lost income going forward, and loss of companionship or guidance.
Contact Our Cincinnati Pedestrian Accident Attorney
After the trauma of a pedestrian accident, you and your family need time to rest and recover. While you regroup and receive the medical, psychological, and rehabilitative care you need, we will work tirelessly toward resolving the pressing questions of your future. We know that monetary compensation cannot undo the pain, but it can provide a pathway to improved health, well-being, and peace of mind. Please contact our office today for a free evaluation of your case.