Were you hit by a car or another vehicle while walking, crossing the street, or cycling near a roadway? You may be entitled to take legal action against the liable parties. The Cleveland pedestrian accident attorneys at The Mellino Law Firm can 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.
REPRESENTATION FOR INJURED CYCLISTS
“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 collision can be difficult without an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer advocating on your behalf.
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 can help even the playing field and ensure that you have someone watching out for your rights every step of the way.
Our Cleveland pedestrian accident attorneys are well aware of the various tactics insurers will use to undermine your claim.
To protect your pedestrian accident 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 an attorney with experience in pedestrian accidents as soon as possible so crucial evidence can be gathered and preserved to build a solid claim on your behalf.
At The Mellino Law Firm, we have over three decades of legal experience and, led by Chris Mellino, our attorneys have successfully recovered many million- and multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients. We focus on serious injury and wrongful death cases, which allows us to provide our clients with the dedicated, one-on-one attention they deserve.