Walking around the city of Redmond is a great way to get to work, school or any other activity; a great way to get exercise; and is an eco-conscious form of transportation. Yet while walking instead of driving may be beneficial, it often puts the pedestrian in harm’s way around traffic. And in some circumstances, the pedestrian may be involved in an accident if struck by an careless motorist, which can lead to serious and catastrophic injuries.
Pedestrian accidents often even cause death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cite a 2007 study that found “pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.” A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report claims that in 2011 alone, 69,000 pedestrians were injured on the road.
Because of the dangers involved in being a pedestrian, as well as the potential for sustaining serious and long-term injuries, it is important to speak with a legal professional who can help you secure compensation to cover property damage and rehabilitation after a pedestrian accident. A lawyer serving Redmond accident victims can examine the specifics of your case and advise you of your rights moving forward.
Additionally, pedestrians should take the following steps as soon as possible after being involved in an accident:
Seek Medical Assistance
Whether or not you believe you were injured, it is imperative that you seek evaluation and treatment from a qualified medical professional immediately. Some injuries, such as lacerations or broken bones, may be obvious, and will require a specific course of treatment. Other injuries, such as strained or sprained muscles, may not present symptoms right away and could require the expertise of a doctor to detect and treat.
Furthermore, head, neck and facial injuries are common after pedestrian accidents if the pedestrian strikes the windshield after impact with the vehicle. This can, in turn, lead to a traumatic brain injury, which may become apparent after a period of time. A medical professional can look for symptoms when making a diagnosis and may utilize imaging technology and other methods.
Gather Information from the Correct Parties
After being hit by a car or other motor vehicle, if you are able, it is extremely important to gather pertinent information from the driver.
The necessary information includes:
- the driver’s name, phone number, address and insurance policy number;
- the name of the police officers who arrived on scene, their badge numbers and information about how to obtain the police report they filed; and
- any other direct, pertinent information you can remember about the scene of the accident.
All of this information can prove useful when attempting to recover compensation for the damage and injuries that you suffered.
Don’t Speak to an Insurance Company without an Accident Attorney
In the aftermath of a pedestrian accident, the driver’s insurance provider may contact the victim for a statement. And while this may seem simple, doing so without an attorney may leave you vulnerable to saying the wrong thing. This could affect your ability to recover fair damages.
Instead, if you have been hit by a car in Redmond, contact a pedestrian accident lawyer at Max Meyers Law, PLLC. We can answer any legal questions you have and help you file a claim to recover compensation for your injuries and damage to your property. Contact us today by calling .