According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,977 people were killed in pedestrian crashes in the U.S. These figures don’t begin to account for the number of people who were hurt in pedestrian accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that 857 people were killed in bike accidents in 2017. Every year, many more are injured in bike accidents. When a bike and a car are involved in an accident, the biker is the more vulnerable road user and is more likely to suffer injuries. Pedestrian injuries can be particularly devastating because pedestrians simply don’t have the same protection that passenger vehicle riders have in the event of an accident.
If you or someone you love was hurt in a pedestrian or bike accident, you may be struggling to make ends meet, may be facing unexpected medical bills and rehabilitation expenses, may have had to miss time from work to recover, or may be struggling to adjust to life with a disability. If another driver’s negligence or neglect resulted in your bike or pedestrian injuries, you and your family may be entitled to seek damages for your losses. However, you may only have a limited time under the law to make a claim. Kruger & Hodges: Attorneys at Law is a pedestrian and bike accident law firm serving Oxford, Ohio that may be able to assist you. Contact our bike and pedestrian lawyers today.
Unique Factors That Can Impact a Bike or Pedestrian Accident Claim
There are several unique factors that can impact your bike or pedestrian accident claim. When two cars collide, in most cases, both drivers have insurance and can make a claim with their insurance companies. But, when a car collides with a bicyclist or pedestrian, often the driver is the one who is insured, and the biker and pedestrian may have to prove that the driver was at fault for the crash in order to be able to seek damages for their losses from the driver’s insurance. Bike and pedestrian accident claims can also involve more serious injury claims. When a car strikes a bicyclist or a pedestrian, the bicyclist or pedestrian, not having the protection of a vehicle, can suffer serious injuries like head injuries, spinal cord injuries, road rash, internal injuries, and more. Kruger & Hodges: Attorneys at Law is a pedestrian and bike accident law firm serving Oxford, Ohio that may be able to help you address the unique challenges that can impact your claim. Our lawyers may be able to negotiate with insurance adjusters, seek damages from negligent parties, review your case, estimate your damages, and help you seek justice following a bike or pedestrian accident case.
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Drivers have a responsibility to share the road with bicyclists and drivers have a responsibility to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk and watch for those who are walking. When drivers are distracted, when they speed, run red lights or stop signs, drive drunk, or otherwise break the law, they can seriously injure bicycle riders and pedestrians. If you or someone you love was hurt while riding a bike or while walking, you may have the right to seek damages under the law from the responsible driver. Kruger & Hodges: Attorneys at Law is a bike and pedestrian accident law firm serving Oxford, Ohio that may be able to help you. Our lawyers can evaluate your case, estimate the value of your claim, and fight for your rights either inside or outside of court. Contact our attorneys today to learn more.