Everyone knows the saying, “The pedestrian has the right of way.” However, there are circumstances where a pedestrian can actually be at fault, either entirely or partially. If you have suffered injuries as a pedestrian, it is important for you to understand your rights.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries
If you are a pedestrian involved in an accident, either with a vehicle, bicycle, scooter, truck or motorcycle, your injuries are likely catastrophic. The most common types of injuries suffered from a pedestrian accident include the following:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Lacerations, Burnes, Bruising of extremities
- Soft Tissue Injuries (sprains, bruises, etc.)
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Emotional Trauma
Oftentimes, the pedestrian will be the most seriously injured in these types of accidents. It is imperative that steps are taken to protect your claim to compensation if you decide to pursue a lawsuit for damages.
Important Steps To Take After Your Pedestrian Accident
If you were a victim of someone else’s negligence as a pedestrian and suffered injuries due to that accident, the steps you take immediately after the accident can help you obtain the compensation you are owed for medical bills, lost wages, and even pain and suffering. You should always take the following steps after a pedestrian accident.
- Call 911
Call 911 immediately after the pedestrian accident, and request that the police complete an official police report. This police report will be a significant factor in any future lawsuit you may file regarding your pedestrian accident. Provide the police officer as much information as possible regarding the accident, and then request a copy of the official police report.
- Seek Medical Attention
Oftentimes an ambulance arrives at the scene of the accident. Take the offer to be evaluated by a medical professional. If for some reason an ambulance does not arrive, either go to the emergency room of a hospital immediately or at least seek medical attention as soon as possible. This is important not only for your health but also to establish that you were injured from the pedestrian accident for any future claim you may have.
- Create an Evidence File
After the accident, if you are physically able to do so, document as much as possible regarding the accident. Request all contact information with all parties, including witnesses. Take photographs with your cell phone if possible, of the accident and of your injuries. Keep track of all medical bills, provider visits, doctor’s notes, lost wages, etc. Keep a detailed personal log of any physical and mental symptoms.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
Pedestrian accidents may be complex to litigate. They may require accident reconstruction specialists, medical practitioners, and other investigative experts. Additionally, an attorney may have to determine if you contributed to the accident in any way, which would include determining comparative negligence. These complex legal issues are best handled by an experienced attorney. Contact an experienced Columbia pedestrian accident attorney at The Stanley Law Group at 803-799-4700 and set up a consultation today.