Common Mistakes After a Pedestrian Accident
Avoid these common mistakes after a pedestrian accident to make sure your rights are protected. Schedule a free consultation.
What mistakes should I avoid when making a pedestrian accident claim?
In speaking with a gentleman who was hit by a car as a pedestrian the other day, he had some questions about his serious injuries and also wanted to make sure he didn’t make any mistakes. He asked me, “What mistakes can I avoid?” The first thing to avoid, if you’re in a pedestrian accident, is make sure that you call appropriate law enforcement to the scene so that it is documented what happened and they take a report of your injury and accident. The second thing is to obtain appropriate and immediate medical care. Don’t wait days or weeks to get seen at the emergency room, the walk-in clinic, or another appropriate medical professional. You need to document that injury immediately, because the insurance company will use it against you if you wait weeks or longer to go get your medical care.
The next mistake that pedestrians make when they’re injured in accidents is they may want to reach out to the insurance company, and talk to them about what happened, thinking that they can handle that all by themselves. That’s a huge mistake because most people in pedestrian accidents have no experience in this area and the insurance professionals on the other end of the phone do, so they’re going to be asking questions and doing things immediately to try to minimize the value of your pedestrian accident case. You need to have an attorney immediately dealing with these people, and you need an attorney that knows how to handle these types of cases.
The last mistake is to hire the wrong attorney for your pedestrian accident case. If you hire an attorney who doesn’t regularly handle personal injury cases, and doesn’t handle pedestrian cases, you’re doing yourself a huge disservice. A general practitioner or a lawyer who just does pedestrian accident personal injury on the side doesn’t have the expertise, doesn’t have the experience, and isn’t somebody who is going to be capable of pushing your case as far as needed in order for you to get the recovery that you deserve.
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