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Pedestrian Accident FAQ

Answers from experienced Ohio accident attorneys

After a pedestrian accident, injury victims have many questions. But knowing who to trust can be confusing. Friends and family may tell you one thing. Insurance companies may say something completely different. Who should you believe?

We know what you’re going through. That’s because our experienced Ohio pedestrian accident lawyers at Merriman Legal, LLC, have worked with many injured pedestrians throughout the state.

Don’t wait to take legal action. Take your case seriously right from the start. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation today. We can answer any questions you have about your pedestrian accident and work with you to create a unique strategy that fits your specific needs.

What’s your question

What are common causes of pedestrian accidents?

Pedestrian accidents happen for many different reasons – speeding, distracted driving, drunk driving. But the one thing many pedestrian accidents have in common often involves the driver claiming they simply didn’t see the pedestrian. That may be true. But that doesn’t excuse the driver from being held responsible for your accident.

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Should I call the police if I’m hurt in a pedestrian accident?

Yes. If you were hurt in a pedestrian accident, make sure you have the police investigate your incident. Without a police report, you will likely have a hard time obtaining the compensation you rightfully deserve.

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What if the driver who caused my pedestrian accident doesn’t want to call the police?

Insist on calling the police. If the driver won’t cooperate, tell the driver it is against the law in Ohio to not contact the police after a car accident that results in a serious injury.

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Should I see a doctor if I feel fine after my pedestrian accident?

Yes. Don’t try to diagnose yourself. You could have a serious, life-threatening, internal injury. That’s why it’s important to have a medical professional thoroughly examine you. Also, if you do have an injury but do not consult with a doctor, you could have a hard time getting the financial compensation you deserve for your pedestrian accident.

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Should I call my insurance company after my pedestrian accident?

Yes. Tell your insurance company you were injured in a pedestrian accident caused by another driver. However, keep your comments brief. Anything you say could potentially be used to deny your pedestrian accident claim. That’s because depending on the nature of your accident, your own insurance company could be the one responsible for compensating you. And most insurance companies do everything they can to pay injury victims as little as possible.

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Should I talk to the driver’s insurance company after my pedestrian accident?

No. Tell the insurance company you have hired an attorney and instruct them to direct all their questions to your lawyer. Remember, anything you say to the insurance company could be used by them to reduce or deny your accident claim.

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Should I accept a settlement offer for my pedestrian accident?

Always carefully review any settlement offer before agreeing to accept it. What might seem like a fair offer at first might not even come close to covering all your accident-related expenses.

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Can I negotiate for more money for my pedestrian accident?

Yes. Insurance companies don’t want injury victims to know this. But the reality is injury victims can – and often should – ask for more money to cover all their pedestrian accident expenses. It’s also important to remember that you often only have one opportunity in your lifetime to obtain all the money will need for all your accident-related expenses.

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What expenses can I be compensated for after my pedestrian accident?

Many people only take into account their emergency medical expenses after pedestrian accident. But that’s often only a fraction of the money people need throughout their lifetime due to a serious pedestrian accident. And in each case, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Items that may be covered by your pedestrian accident claim include:

  • Lost income during your recovery
  • Physical therapy
  • Future surgical procedures
  • Lost future income
  • Home modifications if you have a permanent disability

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Can I file a lawsuit against an insurance company after my pedestrian accident?

Yes. In many cases, filing a lawsuit might be the best way to obtain the compensation you deserve for your pedestrian accident. And our law firm can help you every step of the way with that.

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How long do I have to take legal action after my pedestrian accident in Ohio?

In Ohio, pedestrian accident victims only have two years to file a lawsuit or take other legal action from the date of their accident. This deadline is known as the “statute of limitations.” Two years might seem like a long time. But the reality is building a strong legal case often takes a tremendous amount of time. And the longer you wait, the harder it often becomes to obtain the evidence you need to win your case.

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How can a lawyer help me with my pedestrian accident?

Having an experienced attorney on your side can often make a dramatic difference in the outcome of your case. That’s because an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer can rigorously investigate your case and make sure your insurance companies take your injuries seriously.

Our law firm has extensive experience handling such complicated cases in Cleveland and throughout Ohio. We know how to analyze accident reports, frequently consult with accident reconstruction experts and aggressively negotiate with insurance companies.

And if the insurance companies or anyone else stands in your way for justice, we will not hesitate to take them to court on your behalf. We know what’s at stake. And we will not rest until you receive the financial compensation you rightfully deserve.

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