Everything You Need To Know About Pedestrian Accidents
Being involved in any kind of accident can be shocking and completely harrowing. Being the victim in a pedestrian accident can change your life forever.
One day you are just walking down the street, probably a street you have walked down 100 times before. Then you are suddenly hit by a vehicle through no fault of your own. An accidently like this could leave you struggling with physical and mental injuries for years.
What makes situations like this all the most difficult is that pedestrians do not wear the same kind of protection that motorcyclists do, and are not protected like a driver inside a car is. Pedestrians are the most vulnerable road users and are the ones that usually end up with the worst injuries in an accident.
What Is A Pedestrian Accident?
A Pedestrian Accident is a traffic or road accident that involves a vehicle and pedestrian. The victim is typically considered to be the person on foot.
The pedestrian most often fairs worse in these accidents and typically has to seek immediate medical attention. Therefore they have to rely on others to collect evidence for them on the day.
When a pedestrian accident happens the police will typically step in to work out what has happened. The driver can be charged if the pedestrian is injured or the driver was driving dangerously and caused the accident.
Can I File A Personal Injury Lawsuit If I Am Involved In A Pedestrian Accident?
You can make a personal injury claim for any accident that has caused you to lose income or has caused you to pay medical bills of any kind – including to treat mental health issues caused by the accident.
So, yes, it is more than likely that you will be able to file a lawsuit if you are the victim of a pedestrian accident.
You will be able to claim for your medical bills (both physical and mental), as well as claiming for any income you have lost due to any injuries caused by the accident.
You should look into the legal precedent for these kinds of trials in your state – here is a list of traffic injury cases in New Jersey – https://www.njlawresults.com/blog/.
What Should I Do After Being Involved In A Pedestrian Accident?
Here is a list of things you should consider doing after you have been involved in a pedestrian accident.
On The Day
If you are able to move, then you should try to move away from the scene of the accident and try to get to safety.
If you are injured, you should immediately seek medical attention. If you are not well enough to do it yourself then you should ask someone to call an ambulance for you.
If you are with someone who you know, and they are not injured, ask them to take photos of the accident on their phone. You should also ask them to get the names and numbers of any of the drivers involved in the accident.
You can ask a stranger to do this for you, if you were traveling alone. The police usually get involved in any car accidents, so if you are too injured to talk to anyone, they should collect the information you need.
Once you arrive at the hospital, listen to what the doctors say and take the time to rest and recover.
The police may come to the hospital and ask you for a statement, if you are too unwell then you can ask them to come back later.
Have one of your family members contact your work and let them know what has happened to you.
After The Fact
You will want to hire a lawyer that specializes in traffic accidents or personal injury claims. They will be able to guide you through the process of making a claim.
You will want to keep hold of any documents that the hospital and your medical professionals give you.
You will also want to get a copy of the accident report that the police have put together. There will also be reports done by the company that insured the vehicle that hit you – you should try and get hold of these documents too.
You should look into finding other people who witnessed the crash to support your claim.
Finally, you will want to put together a report about how much money you have lost due to your accident.