Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Columbus

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Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Columbus, Ohio

Our Columbus pedestrian accident attorneys at Oliver Law Office know that walking in your neighborhood, while on a break from work, during lunch with friends, or on your way to the car can be a life-changing experience. While no one expects to get hit by a vehicle during their daily activities, pedestrian accidents nationwide are the highest in over 40 years.
When it comes to Ohio motor vehicle collisions, pedestrians are the most vulnerable group of potential accident victims, with absolutely nothing to protect them from catastrophic or fatal injury on impact.
Since 2000, Oliver Law Office has been putting the needs of Ohio residents first because being taken care of is what it is all about. No matter where you live or work in Ohio, if your life has been impacted by negligence, we want to help.
Our law firm founder and managing attorney, Jami S. Oliver, has been voted 2024 Lawyer of the Year in Columbus, Ohio, for Product Liability and named to the Best Lawyers 2024 list in multiple practice areas. Allow our skilled team, led by one of Ohio’s best, to review your pedestrian accident claim during a free consultation today.

Oliver Law Office Handles All Ohio Pedestrian Accident and Injury Cases on a Contingency Basis

At Oliver Law Office, our Ohio pedestrian injury attorneys and team have successfully represented clients for nearly 30 years. We have intimate knowledge of Ohio’s personal injury laws and how to obtain maximum compensation from all insurance coverages and policies for each client’s unique recovery needs.

What we do differently is ensure our clients know how important they are to us. You are not simply another case. You are not a number. You have gone through a physically and emotionally traumatic experience, and you deserve our full attention.
Oliver Law Office was built to prioritize and support you through unparalleled communication and commitment to your individualized needs by delivering an experience that instills trust and encourages the ethical and passionate pursuit of justice.
We handle all injury cases on a contingency basis, which means we advance all the costs necessary to pursue your claim, and we only charge you a fee if and when there is a successful result.
Your complete recovery is essential, and you are worth the fight. Getting your life back on track means not giving up on the process. We won’t either.  Contact us today to learn more.

What are Ohio’s Pedestrian Safety Laws?

Pedestrians in Ohio have the right of way whenever crossing the street inside a marked crosswalk or at an unmarked crosswalk in an intersection. If traffic signals control the intersection, these signals regulate when the pedestrian can lawfully cross, but if no traffic control signals are in place or if they aren’t working, then drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians.
Yielding the right of way includes slowing down or completely stopping as necessary to allow pedestrians to cross the street safely. This rule applies whenever the pedestrian is on the same half of the roadway as the driver or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger if the driver proceeds. If necessary, the driver should stop until the pedestrian has exited the street, stepped onto the curb, or crossed over to the opposite side of the road.

If a vehicle has stopped at a marked crosswalk or an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross, it is illegal for another vehicle to pass the stopped car. This is a dangerous maneuver and a common cause of pedestrian accidents. Even if the driver doesn’t hit anyone, the driver is still guilty of a misdemeanor, with additional penalties if the driver was distracted at the time, such as by looking at their phone or texting.

Pedestrians are not allowed to suddenly leave the curb and dart into traffic, even when they have the right of way. Pedestrians must also yield the right of way to motorists outside a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. Furthermore, it is illegal in Ohio for a pedestrian to cross in the middle of the street if there is no marked crosswalk; they must instead go down to the corner and cross at an intersection.
Regardless of whether drivers or pedestrians have the right of way, Ohio law is clear that drivers must still exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian, and they can and should be held liable for hitting a pedestrian when they could have reasonably avoided doing so.
If you have questions about how our Ohio traffic laws impact your pedestrian accident claim, contact our skilled attorneys today for answers.

Pedestrian Accidents in Ohio Often Lead to Significant Injuries & Damages

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrian accidents increased by 24.19% in Ohio, far out of proportion to the already distressing 17% increase nationally. The NHTSA data show that pedestrian accidents have been trending upward significantly over the past decade, and we see no signs of things getting better.
Walking to get around town is a necessity for many residents of Columbus, but tragically, over 100 Ohio pedestrians are killed in collisions with motor vehicles every year, and thousands more are seriously hurt.
Pedestrian accidents can result in significant injuries and damages, and this is not unique to Ohio but is a concern nationwide. When a pedestrian is involved in a collision with a vehicle, the pedestrian is at a higher risk of sustaining severe injuries due to the lack of protection compared to those inside vehicles. Even at relatively low speeds, the impact of a car hitting a pedestrian can be significant. The speed of a vehicle is a critical factor in the severity of injuries. Higher speeds often result in more severe injuries because of the impact force of the crash.
In many pedestrian accidents, the point of impact is often the lower part of the body, leading to a higher likelihood of severe injuries, including fractures and injuries to the head, spine, and internal organs.
The damages resulting from pedestrian accidents can include medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages due to time off work, pain and suffering, and other related expenses. In some cases, these accidents can have long-term effects on the victim’s quality of life.
If you or someone you love has been injured or lost their life in a pedestrian accident in Ohio, our skilled personal injury attorneys can review your case during a free consultation and outline your legal rights and options to pursue the negligent driver for your complete compensation needs.

Contact Our Skilled Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Columbus, Ohio, Today

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by negligence in Ohio, contact our dedicated Columbus personal injury attorneys today by calling us at 614-220-9100. There is never a charge to speak with an attorney or any upfront or out-of-pocket costs to associate with our law firm in an injury or death matter.

Oliver Law Office is a client-focused law firm emphasizing the individualized needs of each client: Confidence, Courage, and Determination. Let’s get started on your claim today.
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When Jami Oliver launched her own firm in 2000, she did so with one simple idea in mind: to seek justice for those who have been hurt, injured, or wronged due to the negligence of others. While she’s won numerous awards and accolades in the years since, her philosophy hasn’t changed. If you need an attorney who can advocate for you after an accident, product recall, or other tragedy, the Oliver Law Office should be your first choice.