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Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

We know what to do if you were hit by a car

Nobody thinks of just walking down the street as a dangerous activity. But pedestrians are injured or killed every year in West Virginia and Central Ohio. People's lives can be forever changed due to the negligence of another. The pedestrian accident attorneys at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC help victims get the compensation they need and deserve to rebuild their lives.

We hold negligent drivers accountable for pedestrian accidents

Car vs. pedestrian accidents most often involve the driver of a car or truck failing to observe people walking and striking them. The causes of such accidents can include:

  • Distracted drivers: texting, talking on a cell phone, adjusting the radio, or any other activity that takes a driver’s attention off the road.
  • Drunk driving: alcohol inhibits perception and decision-making, and pedestrians are too often the victims.
  • Speeding: at higher speeds, cars have a longer stopping distance, so a speeding driver may not have time to avoid a collision with a pedestrian.
  • Failure to yield: pedestrians in both marked and unmarked crosswalks have the right of way while crossing the street.
  • Reckless driving: some severe pedestrian accidents are caused by motorists who drive on the sidewalk or in pedestrian-only areas.

In 2021, an estimated 176 pedestrians died in Ohio, as pedestrian deaths nationwide reached a 40-year high

The stakes are high in pedestrian injury claims

Injuries in pedestrian accidents are often catastrophic or even fatal. These types of injuries include multiple bone fractures, amputation, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries. Victims may require lifelong medical care. Even less serious injuries can have a significant impact on someone's life and leave them dealing with substantial medical bills for the foreseeable future.

If you or a loved one has been hit by a car and seriously injured, one of our pedestrian accident attorneys can advise you about seeking financial compensation from the negligent or reckless driver. We fight to hold negligent drivers accountable and take on insurance companies that try to pay you as little as possible.

Aggressive advocates for injured pedestrians in West Virginia and Ohio

Drivers in these cases usually deny responsibility and may even suggest you were to blame somehow. We know how to find out what really happened. Our legal team conducts an investigation of your accident. We examine the accident report and medical records and interview all witnesses. We know where to look for evidence of negligence.

Our attorneys also know how to deal with insurance companies. You can count on one thing - insurance companies will want to pay you as little as possible. In fact, they may offer you a quick settlement, hoping you'll take it and go away. But it will be a lowball offer that doesn't even come close to covering all your damages.

We advise all clients to get legal advice before accepting any offer from the insurance company. You could have future medical needs that aren't addressed in the offer. And the offer may not take into account other damages, such as disability or disfigurement, pain and suffering and emotional distress. We consider all the ways an injury has affected your life to determine the true value of your damages.

Our team builds a strong case that insurance companies have to take seriously. When insurance companies see the work we have put into your claim, they will often agree to negotiate a settlement. But if they will not agree to a settlement that meets your needs, we will be prepared to fight them in court.

Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC has successfully represented victims of pedestrian accidents and recovered maximum compensation in settlements and jury verdicts. We are passionate about helping our clients and aggressive in seeking justice for them. To discuss how we can help you with your case, contact us for a free consultation with one of our injury attorneys.

Charleston, WV

Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC
10 Hale St Suite 501
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: (304) 720-1000

Columbus, OH

Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC
20 E Broad St Suite 1000
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 587-8423