When a large, heavy vehicle hits a person, it can cause significant damage, even if it was a low-speed impact. Pedestrian accidents frequently result in serious injury, and often, these accidents are the result of a negligent or careless driver. If you suffered injuries while walking, it may not be your fault.
Often, the driver of the vehicle will attempt to shift blame for the accident to the pedestrian. In order to effectively protect your interests, you will find it beneficial to take quick action to learn about your rights and take the right steps. It is possible that you have a rightful claim to financial compensation.
How can you prove fault in a pedestrian accident?
Ohio drivers bear the responsibility to drive safely around pedestrians. Whether this is when driving near a crosswalk or through a parking lot, you should be able to walk without fear that a negligent or reckless driver will cause you harm. If this does occur, however, you may be able to secure compensation if you can prove the following about the driver:
- Under the circumstances of your accident, the driver owed you a certain duty of care.
- The driver breached his or her duty to you through either his or her actions or inaction.
- Through actions or his or her inaction, the driver caused an accident, causing you injury.
- The ultimate result was your injury and other types of harm suffered in the accident.
Establishing negligence is not an easy process, even when it seems perfectly clear to you who or what caused your accident. Including pertinent evidence is a crucial component of any successful personal injury claim. As evidence can erode or disappear over time, it is wise to take quick action in order to preserve certain elements that may prove useful in your efforts to obtain financial compensation.
Taking the right steps after an accident
Pedestrian accidents can happen for many reasons, but ultimately, you have the right to know how and why it happened and if you have a right to restitution for your pain and suffering. You may be unsure of how to proceed, so you may find it useful to first seek a full understanding of the legal options available to you.
You do not have to suffer due to the negligent or reckless actions of an Ohio driver without fighting back. You have the right to recovery after a pedestrian accident, including compensation for your medical bills and other accident-related expenses.