You were walking across the street when, all of a sudden, a vehicle seemingly came out of nowhere and struck you. In the end, you were left with such serious injuries that you had to miss time at work and you have been struggling to keep up with the demands of medical bills that continue to pile up against you. It is not unheard of for many people involved in pedestrian crashes to have many questions about how they can move forward. Today, we will answer some of the most important questions that pedestrians tend to have when they have been involved in a pedestrian accident.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some of the first steps that I should take following my pedestrian accident? The days and weeks following your pedestrian accident are some of the most imperative times when it comes to building your case, working toward the results you deserve, and protecting your rights. You will want to write down as much information as you remember about your accident, make notes of any conversations you have had with those involved, preserve evidence through photographs and videos, and speak with witnesses who saw the accident occur. All of these aspects will work together to help you bring your successful accident claim.
Do I have a duty of care to follow just like other drivers on the roadways? Many people believe that motor vehicle drivers are the only parties who have a duty of care on our roadways. However, pedestrians also have the duty of care to obey any traffic laws and observe conditions of traffic so that they can make safe decisions on our roadways. In other words, when a pedestrian knows that a vehicle could be approaching, they should never cross.
What damages are available to me after a pedestrian accident? There are a variety of damages that you might be able to obtain following a pedestrian accident. Some of these include aspects such as past and future medical expenses, past and future lost income from not being able to return to work, emotional distress, and more related to your injuries. If you have lost a loved one in one of these accidents, you will be able to compensate for many other damages as well.
What types of documents should I bring along when I speak with an attorney? When you go to speak with an attorney for the first time, you should bring any documents that are relevant to your case and might help you when you are attempting to compensate for your injuries. Some important documents include medical reports, bills, information from your insurer, photographs taken at the scene of the crash, and many other related items.
Remember: the more information you have for your attorney, the better chance you have of strengthening your claim. You want your claim to be successful, so, from the very beginning, you should work on providing the best documents for the job.
Turning to an Experienced Attorney
At Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner, our experienced personal injury attorneys have handled a wide variety of cases involving pedestrians and would like to help you through this difficult time. Pedestrian accidents tend to happen very unexpectedly and cause some of the most serious injuries than any other type of motor vehicle accidents on our roads. We would like to speak with you immediately about your case, so contact us for more information at (304) 713-2014.