Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Shaker Heights, OH
It’s pretty common for someone to be out walking anywhere in the greater Columbus area. But being hit by a car can change that person’s life in an instant. In 2014, 2,345 pedestrians were injured in car accidents in Ohio. In Franklin County alone, 17 pedestrians died in 2014.
The consequences can be devastating, whether you’re injured in Shaker Heights or one of the surrounding communities in Central Ohio. The injuries suffered after being hit by a car can leave a person unable to walk for days, weeks, or months-or permanently. Surgery may be required, along with multiple doctor visits, physical therapy, and even home care. The medical bills add up quickly. And as a result of the injury, a person may be unable to work. But insurance companies only want to pay as little as possible for your claim.
Michael D. Christensen Law Offices is dedicated to helping the victims of personal injury in pedestrian accidents. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience needed to fight the insurance companies to maximize your compensation.
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact us to learn how we can help you.
What if I was hit by a car while riding a bicycle?
Many people in the Shaker Heights area use a bicycle for exercise, commuting, or just for fun. But since bicyclists share the road with cars, they are vulnerable to collisions and injury. More than 800 bicyclists were injured in accidents in Ohio and 3 cyclists were killed in Franklin County in 2014.
Insurance companies don’t want to pay big money for these claims, either. And there is sometimes a bias against bicyclists. Insurance companies may assume bicyclists usually don’t follow the rules of the road. This bias may make them reluctant to pay you, even though you did nothing wrong.
Our attorneys will work tirelessly until the insurance company agrees to pay you the compensation you deserve. Even if it means going to court.
What should I do if I’ve been hit by a car while walking or riding a bike?
First, call the police or ask someone else to call. Wait for them to arrive. If you are seriously hurt, don’t move. If you can move and have a smartphone, take photographs of the accident scene. Write down the details of the accident, while it is still fresh in your mind.
Talk to any witnesses of the accident. Get their names and contact information. Ask them to give a statement to the police.
Get medical attention from an EMT or visit a doctor as soon as possible. You may have injuries you are not aware of, such as an internal injury or a concussion.
Then contact us for a free case evaluation. Together, we’ll review the details of the accident and decide on a strategy. Our lawyers can then get started on your case. Our goal is to get you the most money possible, and we won’t rest until that happens. And you pay nothing upfront because we only get paid if we settle the case or obtain a verdict at trial.