Pedestrian car accidents often result in severe injuries for the person who is hit by a vehicle. Injuries may not be obvious at first but instead might manifest themselves days or even weeks after the accident. Injuries can be severe, including soft tissue injuries, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. Therefore, it is always important to seek medical attention right away. We have many expert pedestrian accident attorneys to help you through the after math of your accident and to win your case if it is taken to court.
How do pedestrian accidents occur?
These days, many motorists are simply not paying attention. They might be texting, talking on the phone, or otherwise distracted. As a result, crosswalk accidents are a common occurrence; these accidents happen when a pedestrian is (legally) walking across a crosswalk and the car fails to adhere to the proper right-of-way. Many drivers are focused on backing their vehicles up and they strike pedestrians in the process. This type of accident frequently happens in parking lots when people are backing up into a parking space or when the driver’s view is blocked by other cars. People are quickly moving across the parking lot, and the driver simply may not see the pedestrians. This also happens when cars are parallel parking, pulling into or out of parking spaces.
Sometimes, pedestrian accidents occur when the driver loses control of his or her vehicle. In some cases, the pedestrian is sideswiped or can even be run over or trapped underneath the vehicle. Some accidents like this crush the pedestrian between the car and another object, like a building or another parked car.
Some of these above accidents are hit-and-run, and the driver leaves the scene of the accident. Drivers panic, particularly when they know they do not have a valid driver’s license, insurance, or perhaps because they have outstanding warrants for other crimes. In most states, leaving the scene of an accident is a felony offense.
What To Do At The Accident Scene?
First, always call the police or have a bystander or witness call for you. These accidents must always be reported to the police because insurance companies look for a police report in order to consider your claim. Police are on a timetable, so when you give your report, stick to the facts of what happened—the time, the location, the situation, traffic lights, right of way, and other similar details. The police will need to come to the accident scene and denote your injuries as well as the details of the pedestrian accident. Police will call paramedics if your injuries are severe enough to require emergency room treatment. Even if you don’t feel injured, always get medical attention. Many people don’t feel symptoms until days or even weeks later. Err on the side of caution—it is better to be safe than sorry. You’re probably more injured than you think you are.
After your injuries are addressed, it is important to preserve all the evidence from the accident scene. Take pictures of your injuries, and of things like torn clothing or damaged items you were carrying at the time you were hit. Take as many photos as you can of the accident scene, or ask a bystander to take them. Get contact information from all witnesses at the scene, and ask them if they’d be willing to make a statement or perhaps even testify on your behalf. They may have seen something or may remember something later that could help you or the police. Other pedestrians are always key to helping accident victims in these situations; they can be a huge help by calling police and paramedics, taking pictures and talking to other witnesses about what happened.
Lawyers refer to what to do at the accident scene as the “three P’s”—police, photos and people (witnesses), so remember these the next time you’re walking across a crosswalk. Be sure to contact all witnesses for help. They can often fill in important details like providing a license plate number or other descriptions of vehicles and people.
What To Do Soon After The Accident?
Call both your motorist insurance and your medical insurance. The sooner you file a claim, the better. If your pedestrian accident is a hit-and-run, and the driver is never caught, your own insurance policies may be your only source of help. Unfortunately, only about half of the drivers in hit-and-run pedestrian accidents are found. Contact a lawyer right away, and save every medical bill that you incur.
Why Hiring A Lawyer Is Important?
If the driver has insurance, be aware that his or her insurance company will try to lay some of the blame at your feet. They’ll blame you for not following pedestrian rules or for not paying attention. The driver’s insurance company will try to get you to give them a written statement or an audio recorded statement, and they might even try to get you to give them a medical authorization. Don’t do it. Instead, contact your own lawyer first. Contact us; we can help.
Your insurance policy may cover the accident, but it may not. Your insurance company will more than likely try not to pay your claim, so you may need a lawyer from our firm to help you fight your own insurance company.
It is always important to contact a pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible after any pedestrian accident injury. Our Bellevue law firm has extensive experience working on these cases. We offer a free consultation and case evaluation, and while we prefer to see you in person to discuss the case, we can potentially handle this over the phone or even by email. When you initially contact us, there is absolutely no further obligation on your part. If you do decide to retain our legal services, no fees are due from you unless we obtain a settlement on your behalf. Our goal is always to obtain a maximum compensation for you, and in cases involving pedestrian car accident injuries, we always want to start the investigation as soon as we can, so contact us today. We’ll get started working for you.