Hit By a Car As a Pedestrian? Know Your Options
On the road, motor vehicles reign supreme, which is why pedestrians must always take every possible precaution to protect themselves from potential injury. Drivers don’t always watch where they’re going, and their mistakes and careless behavior can result in harmful, devastating pedestrian accidents. Wearing noticeable clothing, staying to the sidewalk, and abiding pedestrian laws can help to improve your chances of avoiding an accident; however, there is always a chance a crash might occur anyways.
As much as we may try to prevent pedestrian traffic accidents from happening, they continue to take the lives of more than 4,000 people each year and harming countless others. If you were injured in a pedestrian traffic accident, make sure you know your legal options and find out what you should do next.
Following a pedestrian accident, make sure you do the following:
- Seek medical attention: Pedestrians don’t have the same protections as drivers do, so they often sustain serious injuries when involved in traffic accidents. If you are seriously hurt, ask someone to call you an ambulance, or make the call yourself. If your injuries aren’t as severe, you may choose to wait to seek medical attention until after other concerns are handled.
- Call the police: If you haven’t already dialed 911, call the police to report the incident. They can gather unbiased evidence and draw up an official accident report, which can help you with your insurance claim later on.
- Collect the driver’s information: Talk to the driver and ask for their full name, phone number, email, driver’s license number, insurance carrier, and other pertinent information.
- Take pictures: The easiest way to collect evidence after any sort of crash is to take pictures. Use your phone to take pictures of the crash site, the damaged vehicle, your own injuries, and anything else that could have contributed to the accident.
- Speak with witnesses: If anyone witnessed the incident, gather their contact information and a brief summary of their statement. Even though the police will collect statements, it’s good to have your own evidence as well.
- Call an attorney: Once the immediate concerns have been addressed, it’s time to call an attorney and figure out your next step. An experienced lawyer will be able to explain your legal options and help you file a claim through your insurance company. This process can be complicated and stressful, so having a competent professional by your side can make everything infinitely easier.
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, you need to do your part to protect your rights and seek justice from the responsible party. Our knowledgeable firm can help you fight for compensation after an injury and hold the liable party accountable for their actions.
Contact Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook to discuss your claim with our experienced attorneys.