A pedestrian accident is often a very serious injury given the circumstances. When a human being walking or bicycling is hit by a car, truck or other motorized vehicle, quite often the results involve the loss of life. For those who have been injured as a pedestrian, or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, it is an emotional and devastating event. A personal injury attorney representing a client injured in any accident must possess not only the technical skill and experience to effectively assist the client, but must also never forget the emotional side of dealing with these life changing events.
Injuries as a Pedestrian
Because you are so exposed as the victim of a pedestrian accident, your injuries can be devastating. Whereas a passenger or driver in a vehicle has the benefit of a sea tbelt and airbags, the pedestrian does not. Broken bones, concussions and back injuries abound in such accidents and getting good medical treatment quickly is important.
Next Steps After a Pedestrian Injury
If you are a pedestrian or bicyclist and you are injured by a vehicle, you need to do few things. First, you must visit a hospital and undergo an examination. Not only does this insure you as to the injuries you’ve sustained, it creates a record of immediacy—if you wait three weeks after the accident to go to the doctor, the insurance company will argue that you weren’t really injured. If medical bills are a concern, your personal injury attorney can typically arrange with the hospital or doctor to defer payment until you settle your claim. In addition to getting medical treatment, we recommend you take these steps, as well.
Working With A Personal Injury Attorney
Our office has seen an increase in phone calls related to pedestrian accidents, due to the higher volume of traffic on the roads, as well as the warm weather of spring. It means more of us are outside, attempting to share the roadways. While taking steps to stay safe on the road is most important, if you’ve been in a pedestrian accident as a walker or bicyclist, you should consult with a personal injury attorney.
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