When walking through city streets, there is walkers’ etiquette. For example, you learn not to walk into other people or how to avoid standing too close to people at crosswalks. You know to look both ways even if the light is red because cars can be unpredictable. Walkers learn these rules the more they walk the roadways. Cars are supposed to learn, too, but somehow drivers still hit pedestrians. Our award-winning Toledo pedestrian accident attorneys at Paulozzi LPA know the heartaches of injury. We are in the business of getting you the compensation and justice you deserve.
Toledo is a neighbor to the Maumee River. Despite the chilly winters, a walk around the city is a beautiful site. Unfortunately, it is not as safe as it should be. Toledo’s walkability score is 45/100. The lower the number, the higher the safety concern for pedestrians. According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, over a ten-year span (2009-2018), Ohio had 1,101 fatal pedestrian crashes and over 5,000 serious injuries. Typical injuries from a pedestrian-car accident are
These injuries range from minor to tragic. Regardless of the range, they can cost you money in medical bills or lost time at work. It makes sense: A pedestrian is no match for a car. For example, recently, a man turned himself into the police after clear photos of his vehicle leaving a pedestrian accident were released. The driver was leaving the gas station when he struck a 62-year-old man using a marked crosswalk. The driver fled the scene of the accident. If it weren’t for the photos, the driver probably wouldn’t have turned himself in.
Roadways need to be shared by all: pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and motor vehicles. However, recent studies suggest that 12% of all traffic fatalities were pedestrian accidents. Even more baffling, pedestrians on account for 2% of commuters. People who choose to walk are in danger of getting hit. Toledo is among the top ten counties in Ohio for top pedestrian fatalities. Our city does not need the reputation of pedestrian fatalities.
As a pedestrian, you have the right to use the roadways safely and with caution. Drivers need to be careful, but pedestrians can also find ways to minimize hazards by looking where they are walking and using crosswalks when appropriate.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a pedestrian accident, our attorneys at Paulozzi LPA are here to help. Injuries can lead to financial struggles as they are unexpected and can lead to long-term disability. We are here to help you receive