A pedestrian was recently taken to the hospital after being hit along Ohio 87. The man was jogging in the bike lane when the auto-pedestrian accident occurred. The driver claimed to not see the jogger when he drove his 2015 Subaru Legacy through the intersection of Pinetree Road and South Woodland in Pepper Pike. Luckily, this victim only has to face minor injuries, but this is often not the case.

Pedestrians involved in accidents with vehicles often face severe injuries or death because pedestrians do not have any protection against a vehicle’s thousands of pounds of steel and glass. While cars are designed to protect their occupants, they are not designed to protect pedestrians. This is why auto-pedestrian accidents can result in such severe injuries to the pedestrians involved.

The severity of these accidents means that drivers must drive with car. Unfortunately, drivers do not always act with care. For example, they may drive while distracted, speed, failure to yield to pedestrians, disobey traffic laws and signs, disregard conditions on the road, or drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When a driver strikes a pedestrian negligently, like in these situations, the victim can sue the driver.

To establish liability, the pedestrian must prove that the driver was negligent and that this negligence caused the pedestrians injuries. Specifically, they must show they owed the pedestrian a duty of care, like driving safely. They breached that duty, such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Finally, that this breach caused the accident and the pedestrian was injured as a result of that breach.

Victims of auto-pedestrian accidents, like the victim here, who can prove this negligence can recover for their damages that resulted from the accident. As such, those pedestrians injured may want to seek help proving negligence and proving that negligence in court.