Drivers Are Required To Yield To Pedestrians In Crosswalks
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.
For more than 50 years, the law office of Gregory S. Young Co., LPA, in Cincinnati has represented injured pedestrians and bicyclists. If you or a loved one has been struck by a car inside or outside of a crosswalk, contact our lawyers for a free initial consultation.
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.
Schedule A Free Consultation To Learn More About Your Legal Options
If you would like to schedule a free consultation with our crosswalk accident attorneys, we invite you to call 513-721-1077 in Cincinnati, 859-547-3334 in Kentucky or 937-531-7999 in Dayton, Ohio. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We offer free parking, evening and weekend consultations, and home and hospital visits.