Pedestrians And Bicyclists Are Especially Vulnerable During Accidents

No one using the roadway is more vulnerable than pedestrians or bicyclists. The most common pedestrian accident occurs on crosswalks when cars make right turns through intersections. Bicyclists, fully entitled to use traffic lanes, are frequently run off the road by aggressive or careless motorists.

For more than 50 years, the law office of Gregory S. Young Co., LPA, has represented accident victims throughout Cincinnati. We have the skills and tenacity to prove fault even when liability is initially unclear. If you or a loved one was recently in a serious bicycle or pedestrian accident, contact our law firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.

Our law firm has represented thousands upon thousands of personal injury victims. We know the right steps to take in pursuing maximum compensation for accident victims and their families.

Helping Accident Victims Maximize Their Compensation For Over 50 Years

Victims of pedestrian and bicycle accidents often have a difficult time obtaining a full recovery when accidents involve hit-and-run motorists or underinsured drivers. Our firm’s Cincinnati pedestrian accident attorneys aggressively pursue all sources of recovery for our clients.

The attorneys at our firm have the skills and tenacity to uncover all possible sources of compensation, including:

  • Medical insurance plans
  • Accident victims’ uninsured/underinsured driver coverage
  • Auto insurance policies covering other members of the household

Pursuing All Avenues Of Recovery

Our firm’s attorneys have the resources to consult scientific experts and accident reconstructionists. We work with industry-leading experts to help us evaluate factors which may have caused the catastrophic or life-threatening accident.

For example, if defective equipment such as a bike helmet or a malfunctioning traffic light was responsible for the accident, we will pursue a claim against the manufacturer. We are committed to helping you obtain a full recovery for your medical needs, lost wages and any long-term rehabilitative care.

Crosswalk Accidents

In Ohio and Kentucky, drivers are required to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. However, just because you were outside of a crosswalk at the time of the accident does not mean that you cannot recover damages.

When Is A Driver Liable?

A car can seriously injure or disable a pedestrian even when driving at a low rate of speed. For this reason, drivers have a duty to watch for pedestrians crossing the street, especially near schools, parks or other areas where children congregate.

Liability is clear when a car strikes a pedestrian in a crosswalk or on a sidewalk. However, even when the pedestrian is partially at fault for crossing the street illegally, the driver may also be liable if he or she was speeding or not paying attention. In Ohio, you can recover compensation in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit as long as you were not more than 50 percent at fault. In Kentucky, you can recover compensation even if you were 99 percent at fault. In both states, your recovery is reduced by any percentage of fault that is assigned to you.

Many accidents are caused by people who text, talk or surf the internet while driving. If our lawyers can show that the driver was using his or her cellphone at the time of the accident, your case just became a lot stronger.

Hit-And-Run Bicycle Accidents Are Common In Ohio

Bicycle accidents can result in very serious and even fatal injuries for bicyclists. Many serious bicycle accidents are caused by collisions with motor vehicles, often due to a motorist not paying attention or being impaired.

Bicycle-car accidents can be very scary. Most bicyclists would like to think that a motorist involved in a collision would stop to make sure they are ok. However, that is not always the case.

Hit-and-run accidents happen in Ohio, but the percentage of drivers who leave the scene of a car accident is lower than the percentage of drivers who flee after hitting a bicyclist. Reports show that 25 percent of motorists leave the scene of a bicycle-car collision in Ohio. The percentage of hit-and-run accidents involving only motor vehicles is 14 percent in the state.

Law enforcement officials say that many drivers say they did not know they hit someone or something after being involved in a hit-and-run accident. State law requires both parties involved in an accident to stop. If either person leaves the scene, they could face hit-and-run charges.

While a majority of the drivers who flee the scene of a bicycle-car collision are motorists, that isn’t always the case. Reports have shown that bicyclists have also been guilty of leaving the scene of an accident. Some bicyclists who have left after an accident say they were freaked out while other bicyclists have left because they thought they would be in trouble.

Leaving the scene of an accident is a crime. All drivers or bicyclists involved in a crash need to remain at the scene to make sure everyone is okay as well as contact police, especially if someone is hurt.

Free Consultation: Put Our Experience To Work For You

We invite you to contact us online or call 513-838-4562 in Cincinnati, 888-469-6437 in Dayton or Kentucky to schedule free initial consultation. When you meet with one of our firm’s Ohio bicycle accident attorneys, ask about:

  • Free parking at our downtown Cincinnati location
  • Appointments available at 10 locations, including nine suburban locations
  • Evening and weekend appointments
  • Home and hospital visits
  • No attorneys fees unless you collect*
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*When you meet with us, we will explain any costs associated with our representation.