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What Should I Do Following a Pedestrian Accident?

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What Should I Do Following a Pedestrian Accident?

June 04, 2024
By Lafferty Gallagher Scott

Thousands of pedestrians are involved in vehicle-related accidents every year. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that pedestrians make up 17% of all crash fatalities. Whether you enjoy a casual stroll around the neighborhood or rely on walking as your primary mode of transportation, understanding what steps to take immediately following an accident is not just practical; it’s a necessity for safeguarding your rights and well-being.

Actions to Take at the Scene

Seek Medical Assistance Immediately

Your health is your top priority. Even if you believe you’ve emerged from the incident unscathed, underlying injuries may not be immediately apparent. Shock and adrenaline can mask pain and symptoms. If you can, dial emergency services or ask someone nearby to do so. A thorough medical examination is essential to ascertain your well-being and start the documentation process for any injuries sustained.

Document Your Injuries and Gather Evidence

While waiting for medical assistance, if you’re able, start documenting the accident. Take pictures of the scene, your injuries, and any damage around you. Collect contact information from witnesses and take notes on the accident’s circumstances — weather conditions, time of day, and any obstructions or signals in the area. This information will be invaluable for your legal protection and claim.

Contact the Police

A police report is an official record of the accident, detailing its occurrence and the parties involved. This document is fundamental in establishing the facts and can be pivotal when filing insurance claims or if your case goes to court.

Don’t Admit Fault

Avoid statements or conversations that admit fault or place blame, as even an innocuous apology may be seen as an admission of guilt. Many believe pedestrians can’t be at fault in accidents, but this is far from the truth if they fail to follow the rules of the road or use a crosswalk properly. Stick to the facts and keep your interactions brief and cordial.

After the Accident

Follow Up on Medical Treatment

Depending on your injuries, you may need ongoing medical treatment. Don’t skip appointments or neglect any prescribed medications. Doing so can not only jeopardize your physical recovery but it can also weaken your case if you decide to pursue legal action.

Consider Seeking Legal Counsel

If you’ve suffered significant injuries or damages due to the accident, consulting with a personal injury lawyer may be in your best interest. They can evaluate your case and lead you through the legal process, ensuring that your rights are protected and that you receive fair compensation for your losses.

Dealing with Insurance Companies

Notifying your insurance company of the incident is crucial. However, be mindful of interactions with the motorist’s insurance company. Limit communication and refrain from signing any documents without consulting your attorney. Insurers’ proposals may not always align with your best interest, offering settlements that inadequately cover your losses and future needs.

Long-Term Recovery and Support

Recovery from an accident isn’t solely physical. The emotional and psychological impacts can significantly alter your life’s rhythm. Engaging in rehabilitation, finding emotional support through therapy or support groups, and leaning on community resources can foster recovery. It’s also essential to maintain open lines of communication with your legal team, ensuring they’re aware of your recovery progress, as it may adjust the course of your legal strategy.

You’re Not Alone

Being a part of a pedestrian accident can be an overwhelming and traumatic experience. You can protect yourself physically and legally by following the recommended steps at the scene and after the accident. Remember, the aftermath of an accident is not a path you should walk alone.

Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC have been bridges through difficult times since 1973. With an unwavering commitment to fighting for justice and rightful compensation for our clients, our award-winning attorneys bring skill and compassion to every case. If you or a loved one has been harmed in a pedestrian accident, we encourage you to reach out for a free consultation. Together, we can review your legal options and ensure you’re set on the path toward recovery and resolution.

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