When Cars Strike Pedestrians or Bicyclists
Experienced Ohio traffic accident lawyers analyze the facts to hold the reckless driver accountable
It is every pedestrian’s or bicyclist’s worst nightmare: being hit by a moving vehicle. Unfortunately, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), in 2012, more than 75,000 pedestrians were injured by motor vehicles, mostly when trying to cross a street or highway. Pedestrians and bicyclists have very little protection against the force caused by a moving vehicle, leaving them vulnerable to serious injury or death. Under the law, both drivers and pedestrians have legal obligations to stay safe on the road.
When a negligent driver strikes you or a loved one, the services of a skilled, experienced Ohio pedestrian accident lawyer can help protect your legal right to compensation. The attorneys at Crandall & Pera Law are among Ohio’s top trial attorneys helping protect the rights of both bicyclists and pedestrians throughout the state. Turn to us in confidence when you need help recovering compensation after a careless driver causes you and your family harm.
Traffic regulations governing pedestrians
In most circumstances pedestrians have the right of way; however Chapter 4511 of the Ohio Revised Code, which covers motor vehicle laws generally, explains that pedestrians also have certain duties and responsibilities in traffic. For example, pedestrians must obey traffic control devices such as signs and signals (4511.12), must yield the right of way to public safety vehicles (4511.452), and to all traffic when crossing a road that has no designated crosswalk (4511.48). When walking along a road a pedestrian is expected to walk on the left-hand side, facing traffic, on the shoulder to the extent practicable (4511.50), and to yield the right of way to all traffic.
Ohio is a “comparative negligence” state in which each party’s damages or compensation are determined by the degree to which they contributed to an accident’s cause. Even if you were partially at fault for the crash by not obeying certain pedestrian laws, you may still be able to obtain compensation from the other party.
Traffic regulations governing bicyclists
A bicycle is defined as a vehicle by the Ohio motor vehicle code (4501.01), which means that the cyclist is bound to obey all traffic rules applicable to vehicles, including keeping to the right side of the road.
Rules for Bicycles (4511.53 et seq.) prohibit carrying passengers and carrying packages, bundles, or article that prevent the rider from keeping at least one hand on the handle bars.
These laws also require:
- A bicycle rider on a roadway to ride as near to right side of the roadway as practicable
- Obey all traffic rules applicable to vehicles
- Exercise due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction
- Ride not more than two abreast in a single lane
- Bicycles used during hours of darkness must be equipped with a white front lamp, visible from at least 500 feet
- A red reflector on the rear visible between 100 and 600 feet when directly in front of low beams of motor vehicle headlamps
- A red rear lamp visible from a distance of 500 feet, to be used in addition to the red reflector; and a bell or other device making a sound audible at 100 feet
How pedestrian and bicycle accidents happen
A driver could strike a pedestrian or a cyclist on a busy road, in a parking lot, on a side street, or anywhere else people are walking or biking. Accidents result from:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Hitting the gas instead of the brake
- Reckless driving
- Not obeying traffic signs and signals
- Driving at night
Whether that driver was texting, intoxicated, or just was not paying attention at the time of the crash, your attorney can help prove the driver took a careless or reckless action that led to the collision.
Contact a skilled Ohio lawyer after you have been injured in a pedestrian accident
Do not try to handle your bike or pedestrian accident case alone. A qualified Ohio bicycle accident attorney can help by being the point of contact between you and all other parties, including others’ insurance companies and legal counsel. Let Crandall & Pera Law’s attorneys ensure that your rights and protected you receive the compensation you deserve. Please call us at 877-686-8879 or fill out a contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation with a qualified Ohio traffic accident attorney. Crandall & Pera Law has five Ohio law offices located in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Chesterland and Chagrin Falls.