Pedestrians face many dangers while walking in and around areas that are accessible to motor vehicles. Pedestrians hit by vehicles while walking in a crosswalk, through parking lots, and other private or public areas, often sustain serious or life-threatening injuries.
To protect themselves from being hit by vehicles, it's important for pedestrians to obey traffic laws and exercise caution. Some safety tips to follow include the use of designated pedestrian areas, such as crosswalks and sidewalks. In addition, pedestrians should always be alert to approaching vehicles, avoid distractions while crossing roadways and parking lots, avoid jaywalking, and avoid walking through traffic.
Other risks of injuries that pedestrians face may be due to sidewalk or parking lot defects, poor property maintenance, and construction or other debris on walkways.
Whether they were injured by a vehicle or a property defect, a pedestrian may be able to recover damages for the injuries suffered by someone else's negligence. Without the right knowledge, pedestrians can lose out on compensation and suffer unnecessary long-term injuries.
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER I’VE BEEN INJURED IN A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT?
There’s a few things you should know and do immediately after you’ve been injured in a Pedestrian Accident in order to protect yourself and strengthen your claim. First and foremost, you should never admit fault and always get a police report or incident report. If there were any witnesses to the accident, be sure to get their contact information. After this, it is important to follow these four steps:
1. see a doctor
It’s important to go to a doctor immediately after you’ve been in an accident, even if you are experiencing little to no pain. The reason for this is because many pain symptoms do not show up until a couple days later, and it’s good for you to make sure that you aren’t suffering from a spinal injury, a traumatic brain injury, or broken bones.
2. document the damage
Make sure that you take photographs of the damage and the area or street where you were injured. Also remember to save any receipts for any out of pocket costs and repairs.
3. say nothing
An adjuster from the other driver's insurance company will probably call you and ask for a statement. Keep in mind that they are searching for any way to reduce the compensation they’ll have to pay you. To best protect yourself, get their name and phone number, but do not speak about the accident, your injuries, or agree to sign any documents.
4. call a personal injury attorney
Calling the right attorney will not only help you get the maximum compensation for your pain and suffering, but will guide you through the legal minefield that victims are often left to deal with on their own. Don’t hesitate to get the help you need and deserve, attorney Fernando Brito is ready to fight for you. Give us a call today.
The Law Office of Fernando Brito Jr. works hard to make sure our clients receive the medical care they need and get the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one are a victim of a Pedestrian Accident, you may need a personal injury lawyer who helps those who’ve been hit by a car while walking to file a lawsuit so you can be compensated for your personal damages and injuries. Fernando Brito Jr. is an experienced pedestrian accident attorney who is ready to fight for you and will guide you through this complicated process, every step of the way.