Things To know:
Don't Give A Statement
Do not give a recorded or written statement, except to the police or your own insurance carrier.
Don't Sign Anything
Do not sign anything without an attorney reviewing it first. Insurance companies may trick you into not being compensated.
Take pictures. Take photographs of the property damage and accident scene. Take pictures of any scarring or bruising.
Don't Discuss Your Injuries
Do not discuss your injuries with the at-fault insurance company. You should discuss only the damage to your car and the need for a rental car or “loss of use” compensation.
No Independent Medical Exam
Do not agree to any independent medical exam with anyone, including your own insurance company, without first speaking to an attorney.
Hire A Lawyer
By not hiring a lawyer you are leaving money on the table, Hiring a lawyer will grant you the ability to get compensated for your loss of vehicle use, medical bills and wage-loss.
Causes of Pedestrian & Crosswalk Accidents:
According to data in the US Department of Transportation Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), in 2016 a total of 5,987 pedestrians died in collisions with highway vehicles, an average of more than 16 per day. Most pedestrian fatalities occur in urban environments. Data indicates that 18 percent of fatal pedestrian crashes occur at intersections, 72 percent at non-intersections, and 10 percent at other locations such as roadsides or shoulders, sidewalks, and median crossing islands.
The following factors are commonly involved in causing injury to pedestrians in an accident:
- Distracted drivers
- Drunk drivers
- Drug-impaired drivers
- Poor visibility at night
- Poorly designed roads/intersections
- Weather conditions
Source: NTSB Special Investigation Report: Pedestrian Safety, September 2018. NTSB/SIR-18/03 B2018-101632
Common Injuries in a Pedestrian Collision:
Pedestrians, whether they are walking, jogging, running, commuting or sitting on a park bench, can be vulnerable to an accident. It’s important to be aware of the injuries that can be sustained as a result.
The most common injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Pelvic injuries
- Broken bones
Frequently Asked Questions
Who Will Pay For My Medical Bills?
An attorney will prepare a demand letter that meticulously details how your life has been affected by the auto accident. You may be entitled to treatment on behalf of the insurance company for your injuries.
Who Will Pay For My Wage Loss?
An attorney protects your rights and makes sure you are receiving every benefit that you are entitled to, including wage loss. This means that we demand the responsible party pays you for your lost wages as a result of the auto accident. This includes time off work because we understand the stressors that come along with missing work.