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Pedestrian accidents are incidents between an individual and a driver. Even minor collisions can have a devastating impact on your health, costing thousands in medical expenses. Clients frequently inquire about pedestrian injuries, who’s at fault, and how to file a claim against the negligent party.
If you’re asking if it’s worth hiring a personal injury attorney for pedestrian accidents, you’ll benefit from scheduling a free consultation. Claimants with legal support are more likely to receive a maximum settlement and win their claim against the negligent party. We answer several questions you may have below if you’ve been injured.
What Do I Need to Do Right After I’m Hit by A Car?
Walking is a great pastime and exercise but you should always remain vigilant of your surroundings. Getting hit by a car can feel scary and overwhelming. If a driver crashed into you while you were en route to your next destination, follow these steps immediately:
- Call 911 for immediate medical assistance
- Take photographic evidence of the accident scene and your injury
- Call the police to document the accident
- Avoid conversing with the driver to avoid admitting fault
- Reach out to our lawyers for getting hit by a car after you’ve received treatment
If you suspect the driver will flee from the accident, try to grab the person’s license. If not, a witness may have it or security footage from a nearby store.
I’m Only a Little Sore. Do I Still Need to Go to The Doctor?
Yes! Some injuries like brain damage and internal bleeding are not noticeable right away, and they also get worse over time if they are left untreated. There are cases of people who were hit in the head and are found wandering the streets years later unable to remember who they are! It’s crucial to be seen by a doctor. This is also helpful to building your case, as the medical report will be used in court.
I Was Jaywalking. Do I Still Have a Case?
If you were breaking the law by jaywalking, it’s likely part of the reason a driver hit you. This will impact your case, but it won’t destroy it entirely. California follows the doctrine of pure comparative negligence, which means that each party pays a percentage of the damages that directly correlate to the fault they have. If you were jaywalking when you were hit, your settlement would be lower, but you will still be compensated.
The Person Who Hit Me Was Drunk. How Does This Affect My Case?
If you were hit by a drunk driver, you are lucky to be alive as most accidents are fatal. Because they are driving while intoxicated, they were being grossly negligent, and this can increase the size of your settlement.
How Can I Stay Safe as A Jogger?
Jogging is a great way to stay fit, but it can also be dangerous. Most pedestrian accidents occur at sunrise or sundown, so if you go running at this time, wear something bright to offset the poor visibility caused by the time of day. Always try to wear bright and reflective clothing. You should also share your jogging route with others so that you are quickly found if you go missing.
What Is the Main Cause of Pedestrian Accidents?
Distracted driving is the most common cause of pedestrian accidents and all other road accidents in the U.S. It happens more than speeding and drunk driving. If you’re unsure of how to avoid pedestrian accidents, a lawyer would advise:
- Drivers to slow down in pedestrian areas
- Drivers to be patient with senior pedestrians
- Pedestrians to be observant of their surroundings
- Pedestrians to avoid making assumptions that the car will stop
- Both drivers and pedestrians to look for eye contact
About Grey Law
“When it comes to getting you more, I won’t settle for less.” – David Grey
When you or a loved one are injured due to negligence, carelessness, or wrongful acts of another person, David Grey is ready to help. Seeking compensation or negotiating with insurance companies can be stressful, especially while recovering. Let us do that for you. Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers are well-versed in several practice areas:
- Traffic Accidents
- Premises Accidents
- Personal Injuries
- Product Liability
- Nursing Home Abuse
We have 35+ years of experience and secured millions for our clients. From the time you retain our firm, we build your case. For a free case evaluation and consultation, reach out to us at 323-768-0497 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.