In the U.S. in 2015, nearly 130,000 pedestrians had to go to the emergency room after being struck by a vehicle, and over 5,000 more were killed. These numbers prove that pedestrians are by far the most vulnerable population on our streets.
Unfortunately, people can’t simply opt out of walking on the road. It would be impossible to navigate our daily lives without walking along and crossing streets, so the most we can do is stay aware of our surroundings and follow the law. In an ideal world, that should be enough to keep pedestrians safe.
In reality, pedestrians are struck by vehicles every day, even when they follow the rules. Pedestrian accidents are extremely serious, and often result in critical injuries such as spinal injury, traumatic brain injury, tissue damage, and sometimes death.
If there’s one silver lining, it’s that pedestrians are very rarely found to be at fault in accidents. Because of this, an experienced lawyer can make sure injured pedestrians or their loved ones get the compensation they deserve.
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What to Do After You’ve Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident
- Never admit fault
- Always get a police report
- Take down the contact information of any witnesses
After you get home, you’ll need to take some more steps to protect yourself:
1. See the DoctorBeing struck by a vehicle while walking can cause serious injuries like spinal damage, traumatic brain injury, and broken bones. Even if you don’t have obvious symptoms, you need to go to the hospital as soon as possible. Seeing the doctor will keep you alive and help strengthen your claim.
2. Document the DamageTake detailed notes about your experience, your injuries, and your medical care. Keep all the receipts and correspondence from your interactions with doctors, insurance companies, and others. Take many photographs of your injuries.
3. Stay QuietAn adjuster from the other driver's insurance company will probably call you and ask for a statement. Get their name and phone number but do not speak about the accident or agree to sign any documents. These people are not your friend — they are searching for any way to reduce the compensation they’ll have to pay you.
4. Call a LawyerTo insurance companies, unrepresented victims are easy targets. They’ll do anything they can to undercompensate you for your injuries. The pedestrian accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Daniel Kim are specifically trained to deal with insurance companies and ensure you get as much compensation as possible for the suffering you’ve been through.