One generally thinks of a pedestrian as a person traveling on foot. A broader look at pedestrians today could include those on tiny wheeled devices such as roller blades, skateboards, scooters, and wheelchairs . Bicycles, whether motorized or not, are considered vehicles according to Ohio law. Today in Akron, Ohio, as well as in other cities and suburbs, we find many people on the roads through these various modes.
Over the years Ohio has made an effort to be more pedestrian friendly by adding:
• bike lanes
• Side walks
• Cross walks
Our state's effort to become more bike and pedestrian friendly has also come with some negative side effects. It is the responsibility of those operating vehicles as well as pedestrians to behave legally and safely while on the road, but unfortunately this does not always happen. As a result, there is a significant number of pedestrian deaths each year. Our personal injury attorney, James J. Gutbrod, is able to represent pedestrians who have been injured.