When you are using a designated sidewalk and obeying street crossing signals, you expect nearby drivers to be attentive to your presence. Unfortunately, negligence can lead to accidents that affect individuals both on and off the road.
Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to catastrophic injury resulting from motor vehicle accidents. If a car hits you, there are certain actions you should take to secure your physical and financial well-being.
What to do immediately after an accident
Your first priority after an accident is to contact 911 and receive necessary medical attention. You should also exchange insurance info with the involved driver and call your provider. Avoid giving unnecessary details to your insurer until you can formulate an appropriate report with help from your attorney. If possible, take pictures of the scene for additional leverage when negotiating compensation.
How to pursue financial compensation
Injuries resulting from a devastating car accident can be costly, and treatment may be lengthy and obstructive. In addition to your own insurance company, you might also file a claim against the driver and any relevant companies with which they affiliate. You might also hold the local municipality liable for any poorly maintained infrastructure that contributes to unsafe conditions for pedestrians.
Pedestrians should not have to worry about their own safety when using the infrastructure provided for them. In the event that negligence leads to severe personal damage, you have the right to pursue legal action against the responsible parties so that you can recover with peace of mind.