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Many people take the ability to walk safely from one location to another for granted. Sadly, pedestrian injuries and fatalities are on the rise. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018 there were 6,283 pedestrian fatalities, the highest number in any year since 1990. On average, a pedestrian is killed every 88 minutes in the U.S. In fact, pedestrian fatalities account for approximately 15 percent of all traffic deaths. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a pedestrian accident, call Burg Simpson’s pedestrian accident lawyers in Cincinnati for help.

Pedestrian collisions occur in both urban and rural settings. In urban settings, there is often higher foot and motor vehicle traffic. Therefore it is little surprise that there is a higher rate of pedestrian accidents in urban areas. While pedestrian accidents may be more frequent in urban settings, often rural pedestrian injuries are more serious and likely to be fatal. Higher vehicle speeds, a lack of proper walkways, and farther distances to medical treatment all lead to high mortality rates in rural settings.

When a driver’s negligent or reckless conduct results in serious injury or wrongful death, Burg Simpson’s lawyers can help victims and their families rebuild from tragic losses. Call Burg Simpson’s experienced traffic accident lawyers at (513) 852-5600 or fill out our FREE Case Evaluation form right now.

What Pedestrians Can Do

The NHTSA lists several things pedestrians can do to stay alive when they are sharing the road with drivers, such as:

  • Use the sidewalk or a designated path whenever possible.
  • If one is not available, walk along the shoulder, facing traffic.
  • Stay alert; do not get distracted with electronic devices.
  • Never assume a driver can see you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach.
  • Be predictable. Use crosswalks or intersections.
  • If a crosswalk or intersection isn’t available, find a well-lit area, wait for a gap in traffic that allows you enough time to cross safely, and continue to watch for traffic as you cross.
  • Be visible. Wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials at night. It’s also a good idea to use a flashlight after dark.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs while walking. They impair judgment and coordination just like for drivers.

If you have been hit by a vehicle while walking along the road call one of our Ohio and Kentucky personal injury lawyers at (513) 852-5600 or fill out a case evaluation form to discuss your claim with us for free.

What Drivers Can Do

There are a number of steps drivers can take to avoid hitting a pedestrian, including:

  • Look for pedestrians everywhere. They may not be walking where they should be, and they can be hard to see – especially after dark or during bad weather.
  • Always stop at crosswalks or crosswalk signs.
  • Never pass vehicles at a crosswalk. They may be stopped for pedestrians.
  • Slow down and look for pedestrians. Be prepared to stop while turning.
  • Never drive drunk or under the influence.
  • Obey the speed limit and slow down if you do see pedestrians.
  • Stay focused and slow down in places where children are often around, such as school zones and residential neighborhoods.

What Damages Can Be Recovered after a Pedestrian Accident?

Injured pedestrians may be entitled to compensation from the responsible party or their insurance company for the following:

  • Economic losses, including past and future medical costs, rehabilitation expenses, lost income, loss of earning capacity, and out-of-pocket costs.
  • Non-economic losses, including pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental and emotional distress, and inconvenience.
  • Permanent impairment or disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium by an affected spouse

The families of pedestrians killed by the negligence of drivers may also be able to recover economic damages (e.g. wages and other income the deceased would have earned, emergency and hospital care, funeral and burial expenses) and non-economic damages (loss of comfort, care, affection, love, and companionship suffered by the survivors of the deceased).

In some circumstances, including when a driver is impaired, using a cell phone, or speeding, a jury may choose to award punitive damages to the injured pedestrian. Punitive damages are designed to punish the wrongdoer. Sometimes a company that employs a commercial driver can be held responsible for damages, including punitive damages, when the company fails to properly hire, train, or supervise their drivers, or entrusts a driver to drive its vehicles, knowing the driver is a danger to the public.

Contact a Cincinnati Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Now

The experienced personal injury lawyers at Burg Simpson can discuss the details of your case with you and help you understand your claims and potential damages following a pedestrian collision. Call a Cincinnati pedestrian accident lawyer at Burg Simpson today at (513) 852-5600 or fill out our case evaluation form to receive a FREE, no-obligation consultation.

 May 29, 2020

Michael Burg Interviewed About the Body Parts Case

Michael Burg Interviewed by the Colorado Lawyer About the “Body Parts Case.” In November of 2019, trial lawyer Michael Burg, with shareholders David TeSelle, Holly Kammerer, and Paul Friedman, secured a $58.5 million verdict in punitive and compensatory damages for families who had donated bodies of their deceased loved ones to the Biological Resource Center…. Read more »

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Angela E. McGraw Featured by Women Trial Lawyers Network

In May of 2020, Burg Simpson shareholder and trial lawyer Angela McGraw was featured by the Women Trial Lawyers Network. The Women Trial Lawyers Network promotes the participation of women in the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), and aids in the advancement of women members into leadership positions. Additionally, the organization supplements the knowledge and experience of women by providing networking and educational… Read more »

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Burg Simpson Supports the Jeremy Bitner Fallen Officer Fund

ENGLEWOOD, CO – MAY 11, 2020 – The annual Jeremy Bitner Memorial Run is held in honor of Englewood Police Detective Jeremy Bitner. Detective Bitner lost his life in the line of duty on May 28, 2012, after being struck and killed by a drunk driver while performing a routine traffic stop. Jeremy served the… Read more »

 May 8, 2020

May 2020 E-News

Complex Business and Commercial Litigation, Construction Defects, Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices, Mass Tort, Class Action, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, and Workers’ Compensation BURG SIMPSON IS FULLY OPERATIONAL DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC MAY 2020 E-NEWS GOOD LAWYERS 5280 Magazine Announces STEPHEN J. BURG “The Face of Personal Injury Litigation” Burg Simpson shareholder Stephen J. Burg is the… Read more »

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 October 1, 2019

Burg Simpson Ohio | Cincinnati Lawyers Commercial

Burg Simpson Ohio is an award winning legal firm located in Cincinnati, Ohio that serves southern Ohio and northern Kentucky. We handle cases in a number of practice areas including personal injury, product liability and mass torts regarding dangerous drugs & medical devices. Contact our Cincinnati attorneys to speak with one of our nationally renowned legal experts,… Read more »

Cincy Lifestyle Interview with Melanie Bailey

 October 1, 2019

Cincy Lifestyle Interview with Melanie Bailey

Interview with Melanie Bailey of Burg Simpson Ohio on Cincinnati’s Cincy Lifestyle.

Cincy Lifestyles in Cincinnati Interviews Janet Abaray

 July 9, 2019

Cincy Lifestyles in Cincinnati Interviews Janet Abaray

Burg Simpson Ohio’s managing shareholder, Janet Abaray, is interviewed by Cincy Lifestyles on the Cincinnati, Ohio local ABC affiliate, WCPO. Janet talks to Mona Morrow about the history of Burg Simpson Ohio, and how our Cincinnati trial lawyers have been helping protect the rights of Ohio & North Kentucky clients for decades.

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Protecting Your Legal Rights

At Burg Simpson Ohio, we’re dedicated to protecting the rights of those who have been injured by the negligence or bad conduct of others. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one due to a defective product, dangerous medication or auto accident, you need to make sure your legal rights are protected. Call our… Read more »

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