In our many years of handling personal injury cases, the team at Willis, Willis, and Rizzi has seen many bicycle and pedestrian accident cases. An important consideration in a bicycle or pedestrian accident case is where did the accident occur? Did the car come off the roadway and hit the pedestrian or bicycle? Was the pedestrian in the road attempting to cross? If so, were they in a crosswalk? Was the cyclist to the side of the road, or somewhere else? It is critical to investigate and determine the facts of what happened as soon as possible. The reason is that there may be evidence that may be lost over time. Such evidence might be skid marks on the road; vehicle tracks off the road; video from a nearby business, debris from the collision and witnesses.
Another critical element to consider and one of our favorite subjects is Uninsured and Under Insured Motorist Coverage. This insurance coverage (Uninsured and Under Insured Motorist Coverage) is designed to protect YOU (the pedestrian or bicyclist). Uninsured and Under Insured Motorist Coverage does not require you to be in a car for coverage to apply. If you are walking along down the road and you are hit by an uninsured or under insured driver and they are responsible, your uninsured and under insured motorist coverage should cover you. It is the only insurance coverage that is designed to cover you. The other coverages in your auto policy are designed to cover other people and property. These other coverages may protect you but they do not cover you.
At Willis, Willis & Rizzi we are experts at analyzing the language of insurance policies revolving around uninsured and under insured motorists to help our clients gain more monetary settlement than what was originally thought to be available. We have even taken cases to both state and federal courts including appellate courts in both systems and the Ohio Supreme Court, and won, and forced insurance companies to honor the way that their policy was written.
Additionally, the team at Willis, Willis & Rizzi has gone to great lengths in our approach to pedestrian and bicycle cases to have accident reconstruction experts recreate what happened in the accident. We search for available video footage from nearby stores or businesses that have security cameras which may have captured what happened in the case. We tirelessly investigate police reports and canvas neighborhoods to find witnesses who saw what happened with the accident. We investigate the event data recorder of the vehicle involved in the accident which can reveal more information about what happened during the accident.
Why Hire Willis, Willis & Rizzi to handle your pedestrian or bicycle accident case?
When you hire Willis, Willis & Rizzi to handle your pedestrian or bicycle accident case you not only get a legal team that cares enough to look for evidence related to your case but also knows where to look for this evidence. When you hire a mass marketing law firm to handle your case, these firms are doing mass volumes of cases and they simply don’t have the time to really dig into your case the way a smaller, more boutique law firm can such as Willis, Willis & Rizzi. As a client, you don’t pay more for this personal caring approach. All personal injury law firms generally charge the same contingency fees. A great analogy is: if the dinner check is the same, would you rather eat at a fast food restaurant, or a 5-star restaurant? We would even argue it is cheaper to eat at the 5-star restaurant, because our team strives to get the maximum amount of settlement available, not simply move you down the assembly line and settle your case for a lesser amount.
Pedestrian and Bicycle accidents generally have very significant, life-changing injuries that affect your ability to work and live your life the way you were accustomed. You need a personal injury team that will fight for your case to get the maximum amount of settlement.
Contact Willis, Willis & Rizzi today at 330-535-2000 to discuss your pedestrian or bicycle accident case.