4 Legal Tips for Injured Pedestrians – Guest Post

Injured Pedestrians

When you are walking along a road or step off a sidewalk to cross a city street, the last thing you expect is to find yourself being struck by a vehicle. However, these accidents happen each day across towns and cities. When they do, pedestrians who are injured often know little about how to proceed after their accident. If you now find yourself to be an injured pedestrian who wonders what your future holds, here are four legal tips you should keep in mind that will help you get compensated for your injuries.

Get Medical Treatment

Even if you did not think you were seriously injured at the accident scene, don’t make the mistake of refusing medical treatment. Instead, always have paramedics called to the scene and let them examine you on-site, then take you to a hospital for additional testing. Should you refuse medical treatment, it will be too easy for an insurance company to claim your injuries were not the result of your accident.

Speak to an Attorney

When you are struck by a car, always speak to a pedestrian accidents lawyer right away. Consider working with a lawyer that specializes in pedestrian accidents since experience is vital to accident cases. This will let the lawyer evaluate your case, give you various legal options, and begin gathering evidence should you decide to move forward with a lawsuit. It will also let the driver and their insurance company know you have legal counsel, which may start them thinking about settling out of court.

Don’t Admit Fault

When you are at the accident scene, something as simple as an apology to the other driver, police, or medical personnel can lead to liability issues. While it sounds like a phrase that is unlikely to matter to most individuals, the fact is saying “I’m sorry” will imply that you are admitting fault for the accident. If your words find their way into a police report, the driver’s insurance company will use your words against you to deny your claim. When speaking about your case, only disclose necessary information.

Keep Your Medical Appointments

Finally, no matter how well you start to feel days or weeks after your accident, always keep your medical appointments until your case is resolved. Whether it’s an appointment with your family doctor, an orthopedic specialist, or a physical therapist, follow your doctor’s orders until you get the compensation you need and deserve. Some injuries may not be apparent immediately after the injury. Speak with a medical professional following your accident since symptoms of whiplash may not be noticeable at first.

If you notice that your mental well-being has worsened following your accident, be sure to bring up how you are feeling to your medical provider. Some accidents can be traumatic and will require psychological assistance.

By following these tips, you and your lawyer can work together to ensure you get the money needed to pay your medical bills, replace your lost wages, and compensate you for the pain and suffering you have endured due to another person’s negligence.

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