Pedestrian motor vehicle accidents are far more common than most people realize, especially in congested areas at night. The consequences are often devastating. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,735 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2013. Approximately 73 percent of these accidents occurred in urban areas, and 72 percent of them happened after sunset.
Although there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of getting into a pedestrian accident, there is no absolute way to eliminate the danger entirely as long as you are walking near an active roadway. Sadly, even pedestrians who follow all crossing laws may find themselves in a devastating accident because of an inattentive, reckless, or drunk motorist. As a result, everyone should know what to do in the event of a collision.
If you were hurt in a pedestrian accident, you may have the right to recover compensation for your medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost income, and pain and suffering. Contact Heilman Law Group to discuss your situation so that you can determine the best way to proceed. Call 601-914-1025 to schedule a free consultation with a car accident lawyer in Jackson.
Keep reading to learn the steps you need to take to protect yourself legally, financially, and medically in the event you are the victim of a pedestrian collision:
- Take a Deep Breath
Your first reaction following a collision may be to panic, but you should stay calm in order to protect your best interests. Take a deep breath, collect yourself, and then move out of the roadway if possible.
Anger is another common reaction following a pedestrian collision, especially if the driver who caused the crash was negligent. Yelling at the motorist is not going to resolve the situation, though, and if you give in to your emotions, you could end up saying or doing something that will compromise your claim.
- Call the Police
A pedestrian collision can be incredibly scary, and you may want to leave the scene as soon as possible; however, it is essential that you call the police and wait for them to arrive. You may need to make a police report in order to support a claim with an insurance company that provides coverage for your injuries, and the report can also document and preserve vital evidence in the event you are required to file a lawsuit at some point in the future against the liable motorist.
- Gather Information at the Scene
If you are able to walk, gather as much information as possible at the scene. In addition to recording the driver’s contact and insurance details, you should take photos of the scene, the vehicle involved, and any injuries you sustain.
- Call a Car Accident Lawyer
After you leave the scene, call an attorney as soon as possible. If your accident does not require emergency medical care, your lawyer will likely advise you to visit an urgent care center within the next 24 hours in order to document the nature and extent of your injuries. After that, it will be time for your lawyer to start building your case.
If you were struck by a car and need help filing a personal injury claim, don’t hesitate. Call Heilman Law Group at 601-914-1025 to schedule a free consultation. You can learn more about accident law in Jackson by visiting USAttorneys.com.