Pedestrian crashes happen in many different ways. When there are negligent and careless drivers on the roadway, nobody is safe. Recently, we learned that an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper was hospitalized after he was struck by a vehicle while investigating a crash.
Today, the Cleveland pedestrian accident attorneys at Paulozzi LPA want to discuss this incident as well as the broader topic of pedestrian safety in and around Ohio.
An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper was serious injured after he was struck in Madison County recently. Trooper Jason R. Hofmann was struck while he was outside of his vehicle to investigate a minor vehicle accident on US 42 near Interstate 70.
Hofmann, as per protocol, was wearing a reflective vest while taking measurements on the side of a roadway berm. That is when a Chevy Astro van traveling south drifted off the roadway and struck Hofmann.
The trooper sustained serious injuries and was flown via a medical helicopter to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
The driver of the van, a 64-year-old woman, was not injured. The incident is under investigation. State law required drivers to move to an adjacent lane when approaching any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights on the roadside. If drivers cannot move over, they are supposed to slow down.
While we do not know the cause of this incident, it does highlight the dangers that pedestrians face. Those who regularly walk in and around Cleveland know that it can be dangerous. During the latest reporting year in the US, there were more than 6,000 pedestrian accident deaths. Each year, around 130,000 people are injured and hospitalized after pedestrian crashes in the country.
The latest reporting year of data available for Ohio shows us that there were 145 deaths and 2,641 injuries as a result of pedestrian crashes. Our Cleveland pedestrian accident lawyers regularly help clients suffering from the following:
In many cases, these crashes happen in areas where the pedestrian has the right of way, often because drivers are distracted or impaired.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian crash that was caused by another person’s careless or negligent actions, seek legal assistance today. At Paulozzi LPA, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to investigate what happened in your case. We know that you need compensation to get through this, including: