Walking is good for you. But while walking may be a great opportunity to exercise, statistics show that walking in California can be dangerous. The California Department of Public Health has published data showing that pedestrian fatality rates in California have been rising. In a single recent six-month period, there were an estimated 352 pedestrian deaths – the 15th highest rate in the country.
A pedestrian accident has the potential to be fatal. If it is, surviving family members face devastation and grief. If it’s not, the injured pedestrian often sustains injuries that are so severe that they are permanently disabled. In either case, there are often serious concerns about the future and finances.
At the Law Offices of Pius Joseph, our pedestrian accident lawyer in California can help you if you have been in a pedestrian accident that was someone else’s fault. We know how to build successful claims, and how to take the necessary steps to maximize your compensation award.
Contact us now for a free consultation and claim review.
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident
Knowing what to do after a pedestrian accident can feel overwhelming. In fact, your injuries may be so severe that you are prevented from doing anything other than lying in a hospital bed and undergoing medical treatment.
However, if you are able, taking the following steps can help to preserve your right to compensation. If you are unable to do the following, ask a trusted loved one or your lawyer to act on your behalf:
Seek medical care.
It’s likely that your injuries are so severe that getting medical care won’t be something that you think twice about. It is very possible that you will receive emergency treatment on the scene and ambulance transport to the hospital. Even if you think your injuries are less severe, you should still get a full medical exam as soon as possible. As you receive care, hold on to all medical bills, write down your progress and your symptoms (such as serious pain or mobility limitations), and follow your doctor’s orders.
File a police report and get a copy.
It is absolutely critical that a police report regarding your pedestrian accident is filed immediately after your accident. You should also be sure to request a copy of this report, as you will need it for your records and when filing a claim.
Get the driver’s information, as well as any evidence at the scene.
If you are struck by a car, it’s highly unlikely that you will be able to walk around and collect evidence. However, if you are able to, get the driver’s information and their insurance information. You should also record any pertinent evidence at the scene, such as the names of any witnesses. Taking photos of the accident scene can also prove very helpful later on.
Call a lawyer.
Contacting a lawyer as soon as possible after being struck by a motor vehicle is very important. Your lawyer can immediately start the process of investigating the accident and building your case for compensation.