“The number of cyclists pedaling through city streets has jumped more than 200 percent in the last decade,” according to the city of Cleveland. (May 23, 2013)
Despite the increasing number of bicycles on the road, navigating city streets can be tricky since many motorists are unfamiliar with the 2012 ordinance requiring motorists to allow bicyclists three feet of room and forbidding the “right hook” (speeding past the bicyclist before an intersection and then turning right into the path of the bike).
Unfortunately, we’ve all seen bicyclists who fail to stop for red lights and stop signs. Thus, proving liability in a pedestrian accident can be difficult without a personal injury lawyer advocating on your behalf.
The attorneys at Mellino Law Firm will study the accident scene, review police reports and witness statements, and hire experts, if necessary, to help you seek a fair settlement for medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses. If a fair settlement can’t be reached, we won’t hesitate to demand a jury trial and take your case to court.
Steps to Take After a Pedestrian Accident
Since pedestrians lack the protection of a motor vehicle such as a car or SUV, their injuries tend to be very severe. The more serious the injury, the more money insurance companies will have to pay out. That being said, insurance companies are in the business of making money, and their goal is to hold onto as much of it as possible. Having an attorney on your side will help even the playing field and ensure that you have someone watching out for your rights every step of the way.
Our pedestrian accident attorneys are well aware of the various tactics insurers will use to undermine your claim. To protect your pedestrian injury lawsuit, we suggest that you do the following:
- Call the police.
- Seek medical treatment even if you feel that your injuries aren’t that bad. Internal bleeding may not be immediately noticeable.
- Take photos of the accident scene or ask someone with a cell phone to take photos for you. Be sure to get pictures of the vehicle involved, the road conditions, and any visible injuries.
- Get contact information from witnesses. Jot down license plate numbers and ask for phone numbers and email addresses.
- Contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible so crucial evidence can be gathered and preserved to build a solid claim on your behalf.