If you were involved in an accident as a pedestrian, you likely suffered serious injuries. The steps you take following your accident with a vehicle, bicycle, or motorcycle can help ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you receive justice for your suffering due to someone else’s negligence.
Contact the Police
The first step after any accident is to call the police. Even if you feel you were not injured that badly, there should be an official report of the accident. This police report will serve you well at a later time if you make the decision to pursue charges against the negligent party for your injuries and suffering. Make sure to request a copy of the police report when it is completed.
Seek Medical Evaluation and Treatment
Even if you feel your injuries are minor, you should always seek immediate medical treatment following any kind of accident. Many injuries do not appear until hours or days following an accident (such as traumatic brain injuries and whiplash), and only a medical professional will be able to ascertain what your injuries are and their severity. Go to the hospital immediately, or at least to your healthcare provider as soon as possible for a complete medical evaluation, and to determine your best course of treatment. Also, if you ever decide to pursue a claim in the future, the official medical examination will prove that your injuries are a direct result of the accident.
You should obtain as much of the following documentation as possible:
- Obtain contact information of all parties involved in the accident, including any witnesses.
- Take photographs of the accident, any injuries, the weather conditions, the road conditions, the traffic lights, and the entire area.
- Keep all documents regarding all medical treatments, medical bills, doctors’ notes, diagnostic testing, lost wages due to your inability to return to work, physical therapy, mental health therapy, and any treatment plans or diagnoses.
- Keep a personal diary and log of any mental/physical symptoms, the amount of pain you are in, and any daily tasks you are unable to perform due to your injury.
Take care when talking with insurance companies to never reveal too much information or admit fault. Also, never allow an insurance company full access to your complete medical records, only allow them to see medical records when you are finally finished with treatment and only those records pertaining to your injury. Never agree to be recorded during a phone call, and do not accept any first settlement offer, as it is likely too low to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering appropriately.
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you are likely facing significant medical bills, and the inability to return to work to pay for them. While you may feel overwhelmed, contact the experienced pedestrian accident attorneys at The Law Office of Daniel H. Rose. We will work to build you a strong personal injury case and help you understand your legal rights. Contact our attorneys at 415-946-8900 or online today for a free consultation.