Walking is one of the easiest ways to get to know your community, stay healthy, and enjoy the benefits of outdoor time. Unfortunately, pedestrians are often victims of crashes caused by inattentive drivers. Accidents often leave pedestrians with severe or fatal injuries and little recourse for seeking compensation from the liable driver. If you’ve been injured
If you’ve been injured because of the actions of a car, truck, SUV, or bus driver, contact our personal injury attorneys to see what financial compensation you can recover from your pedestrian accident. Your initial consultation is always free and confidential.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Statistics on pedestrian-vehicle accidents are startling. In 2018, fatalities from pedestrian accidents increased more than 3%, leading to over 6,200 deaths. These accidents are far more likely to occur in urban settings; nearly 80% of pedestrian deaths happened in cities. Most accidents occur on open roads, rather than at intersections. Fatal crashes are much more common at night than during the day.
What to do After a Pedestrian-Vehicle Accident
When you are struck by a car, you may be unsure about what to do next. The situation becomes even more complicated if the driver flees the scene, tries to avoid blame, or becomes confrontational. Follow these steps to ensure that you are safe and that you have the evidence you need to pursue a personal injury case.
- Call 911. You need police officers to investigate the scene and write up a report. You also need medical assistance. Wait until emergency help arrives to do anything else, particularly if you already know you are injured.
- Get as much information as you can. Get contact and insurance information from the driver. You should also take note of their car’s make and model, their license plate, and any other identifying traits. This is especially important if the vehicle flees the scene after the accident, since anything you can tell the officer may help them find the driver. Also, if possible, take photos with your phone or any other available camera you have to make sure the accident is well-documented.
- Swap contact information with witnesses. When a pedestrian is hit by a car, other drivers and pedestrians often stop to offer assistance. Get their contact information. Their testimony could be helpful to your personal injury claim.
- Get medical treatment. You may think that going to the emergency room is over-the-top and unnecessarily expensive, but you absolutely must seek medical care after an accident. Injuries may not become obvious until days after a crash, at which point it is harder to prove that the injuries were caused by the accident. Additionally, some injuries can become fatal if not immediately treated. Even if you are not in serious pain, get checked out right away.
- Jot down everything you remember from the accident. Write down everything you remember about the accident, your conversation with the driver and witnesses, your conversation with the police officer, and your injuries. Keep these notes with your copy of the police report and injury documentation.
- Reach out to a Greenville pedestrian-vehicle accident lawyer. Before you communicate with the other party’s insurance adjuster, get in touch with a personal injury trial attorney. Insurance companies will do anything they can to blame an accident on a victim, so you should not speak to them without the assistance of an attorney. Set up a free consultation with Bobby to discuss your options.