People here in Ohio and elsewhere do not often consider parking lots particularly dangerous. Vehicles are supposed to move slower and those walking to and from their vehicles have the right-of-way. While that may be the case, many auto-pedestrian accidents occur in parking lots, and some result in fatalities.
As the weather continues to improve here in Ohio, more people may take the time to get out and walk. With more people on foot, the possibility of auto-pedestrian accidents increases. While drivers need to pay attention and look out for them, pedestrians can take some steps to try to improve their chances of avoiding injury.
Busy intersections in Akron's urban areas often make those who walk nervous since they must navigate around traffic. People tend to be a bit more relaxed in residential areas because they feel safer due to a perceived lower concentration of vehicles. However, plenty of auto-pedestrian accidents occur in neighborhoods as well, and they can be just as deadly.
Many Ohio residents know that walking is good for their health. However, they also know that it could be hazardous. You risk suffering serious injuries anytime you are around vehicles as you walk. This is the one issue that is common to every auto-pedestrian accident -- the person walking tends to suffer more severe injuries, and could even die, while the occupants of the other vehicle could walk away unscathed.
Negligence forms the backbone of many personal injury claims and when an Ohio resident is hurt in an auto-pedestrian accident, they may sue the other party for that party's wrongdoing. To prevail, they must generally show that the other party owed them a duty of care, that they breached their duty and that their breach caused the victim's injuries and losses. However, a party who is sued for causing another person's harm may allege that the victim exercised negligence as well and that they were partially responsible for their own injuries.
When an Ohio resident gets behind the wheel of their car they are expected to operate their vehicle with care and to act reasonably given the circumstances that they encounter. That can mean slowing down when traffic builds, using caution when weather makes it difficult to see and practicing safe driving at intersections where they may encounter other automobiles or pedestrians.
Car accidents happen with an incredible amount of frequency, but readers of this Ohio personal injury law firm may not realize just how often pedestrians become victims of vehicle crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 4,700 pedestrians were killed in accidents with vehicles in 2013.
No one expects that they or their loved one will be in a serious accident on any given day. No matter how hard we try to avoid these accidents, sometimes they just occur. A fatal auto-pedestrian accident recently occurred in Cleveland that resulted in the death of a man in a wheelchair.
Now that winter has finally thawed and spring is upon us in Ohio, more people may be venturing out into nature to enjoy the peace that comes with breathing fresh air. Akron residents participate in many outdoor activities, from jogging and running to bicycling and hiking, all of which give participants an opportunity to leave their vehicles behind. However, just because the individuals who do these activities are not in their cars, trucks and SUVs, does not mean that they will not confront automobiles while they are out and about.
At the core of most accidents is negligence, and negligence occurs when someone fails to meet their duty of care to others. In Ohio, negligence-based accidents happen on the roads each and every day, and victims emerge from their incidents with a range of injuries and losses. This post will examine some of the common causes of pedestrian accidents and how they parallel causes of dangerous vehicle accidents.