Thousands of pedestrians die each year in traffic-related accidents. Over 4,900 people died in pedestrian accidents during 2015, a 9.5 percent increase from the previous year. Roughly 23 percent of all traffic fatalities in California during 2015 were pedestrians (742 deaths). Our state had the highest number of pedestrian deaths that year.
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, you deserve to receive compensation for your injuries. If a driver kills a family member, your family may be entitled to compensation under California’s wrongful death laws. Call 1-800-954-4444 for a free consultation with a Fresno accident lawyer.
Common Sense Steps After a Pedestrian Accident
Whether you are jogging, walking your dog, or crossing the street to get to work, you have the right to expect drivers to take steps to prevent an accident. Drivers owe pedestrians a duty of care to avoid a collision. If a negligent and careless driver causes you injury, take steps to protect your right to recover money for your damages.
Call the Police Immediately
Just like any other traffic-related accident, you need to report the matter to the police. It is best to call 911 from the accident scene to request emergency assistance. Ask the operator to send an officer to investigate and request emergency medical services.
You need to report the matter regardless of whether you believe you may be partially at fault or you are not seriously injured. A police report can help establish your claim and provide information for your attorney to use as he prepares your accident claim.
Talk to Eyewitnesses
There are usually people around when a pedestrian is injured. You should talk these witnesses to obtain their names and contact information. Eyewitness testimony can be very convincing in a personal injury case. In some situations, an eyewitness can help settle the case without the need to file a lawsuit.
Seek Medical Attention
You should always see a doctor after any accident. It is not only for your health and wellbeing, but you need to help protect your right to recover compensation for damages. Failing or delaying medical attention can be used against you by the insurance company for the other driver. The company may claim that your injuries were not sustained in the collision or your injuries are not as serious as you claim because you failed to seek medical treatment.
Avoid Social Media
If you must file a lawsuit to recover damages, your social media accounts could become evidence in your case. Defense attorneys are skilled at researching your online presence and obtaining the information you post online. In some cases, a judge may grant access to your online accounts. It is best to avoid using social media until your case is settled. If you cannot refrain from using social media, avoid discussing your accident and recovery and avoid posting pictures or detailing your daily activities.
Keep Detailed Notes
Take notes of every conversation you have related to your accident including the date, content, and parties to the conversation. Keep notes detailing your recovery, including activities you cannot perform because of your injuries and your daily pain level. Always keep copies of all receipts and invoices for expenses related to the accident and your recovery. Each detail can help your attorney prepare a strong settlement demand.
Call a Fresno Accident Attorney
For a free legal consultation, contact the Fresno injury lawyers of Torem & Associates. Call 1-800-954-4444 or use the contact form on our website to request your free appointment.