Facing A Pedestrian Accident, 3 Vital Steps On How To Handle The Situation

February 6, 2020

A report by city-data revealed that a 3-year-old involved in a road accident in East Harlem was the sixth child pedestrian to be killed on city streets in 2019, according to the New York Times.

Although the number of overall traffic deaths in New York’s city roadways seems to be declining, pedestrian and cyclist deaths are rapidly increasing. Not to mention, 46 pedestrians and ten cyclists died within the first half of 2019, according to Street Blog statistics.

Nobody wants to think of being in a car crash when jogging or enjoying an afternoon stroll. That is why all road users need to know everything about car accidents and how to handle them when they occur.

First, Call 911

When you are hit by a vehicle, remain at the scene and call 911 for assistance. Once the paramedics arrive, notify them of the injuries experienced after the car struck you to get a full medical evaluation. Common pedestrian accident injuries include strains, bone fractures, brain injury, and head trauma. Do not refuse or delay treatment at the scene because you will be required to present an official medical report when you file a claim.

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A lack of a medical report can affect your injury lawsuit negatively. The at-fault party and the insurance company may conclude the injuries were not a result of the accident and will not hesitate to deny you financial compensation.

Document the Incident

Proper documentation is vital for building a strong injury claim case. Therefore, utilize your smartphone or digital camera to take photos of the vehicle and injuries. Make sure you exchange contact information with the driver involved in the accident and eyewitnesses. Most importantly, do not leave the scene before you can record a statement with the police. An official accident police report is essential when you decide to file a lawsuit against the driver, as it highlights all the details of the crash, including date, weather condition, severity of injuries, and the cause of the accident.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

Naturally, road accident victims go into a state of shock. You will feel confused about everything, and as a result, say something regarding the accident that the other party may use against you when filing a personal injury claim. Therefore, contact a personal injury attorney immediately after an accident. A lawyer will offer legal advice on how to communicate with the parties involved ensuring you do not admit fault.

They will also help you sue the at-fault party to increase the chances of receiving a fair amount of compensation for injuries, damages, loss of income, and medical expenses.

City officials state that most pedestrian accidents occur at intersections, and distracted driving is the leading cause of collisions. Drivers involved in pedestrian accidents are more likely to be texting, applying makeup, talking on the cell phone, or reaching out for something in the car. On the other hand, walkers commit costly mistakes like jaywalking, texting, or not following traffic rules.

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