Being injured in any accident is scary, regardless of what happens. However, pedestrian accidents can be even scarier due to their nature. When someone is injured as a pedestrian, they likely have no immediate protection, as opposed to someone in a car accident. While this can be scary and traumatizing, here are some steps you can take after being injured in a pedestrian accident.
The first thing you should always do is alert the police and seek medical attention. Even if there are no apparent injuries, it is best to get checked out in order to help with any case you may decide to pursue.
Second, you should begin collecting evidence about the accident. Evidence can include the name of the driver and their insurance information, contact information of witnesses, and photos of the vehicle, and any obstructions that may have caused the accident.
Finally, an important step in pedestrian accidents is prevention. The best type of accident is no accident at all. By using crosswalks, waiting for the appropriate light to cross the street, and notifying your city officials about hazards, you can avoid accidents altogether. It’s best to assume that drivers are not paying attention. Even if they are, you are going to be safer and more alert as you go about your day.
If you have been injured, you may hear from the other party’s insurance. They may try to get your side of the story and offer to settle with you. It’s important that you talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer in order to help you make the decision about whether to settle.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Greathouse Trial Law to schedule your free case evaluation. We’re committed to serving the people of Atlanta and giving a voice to the voiceless.
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