Injury or wrongful death resulted from Pedestrian Accident?
Similar to bicyclists, pedestrians have virtually no protection and are extremely vulnerable to injuries from automobiles. In any case, especially with young children and senior citizens, the potential for injuries are extremely high and can result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Even low-speed collisions can result in serious, life-altering injuries. Therefore, drivers must always exercise safe driving habits and must always be aware of pedestrians and bystanders.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 59,000 pedestrians were injured and 4,092 pedestrians were killed in road traffic accidents. The majority of victims in pedestrian accidents are children and elderly individuals. While there are many causes of pedestrian accidents, drivers are obligated to be aware of any nearby pedestrians and are required to give them the right of way. When drivers make errors or fail to see pedestrians, the potential for accidents and injuries can increases dramatically. Some of the most common driver errors contributing to car accidents involving pedestrians include:
- Disregarding crosswalks
- Disregarding traffic controls and signals
- Failure to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Passing a school bus
- Unsafe speeds and reckless driving
- There are also numerous incidents of pedestrian accidents that occur when children dart into roadways and streets.
It's critical that you visit with a doctor as soon as possible after your pedestrian accident. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, it's a good idea to seek treatment in the event that you begin to experience new or worsening symptoms over the days following your accident. One of the most damaging factors to any pedestrian accident claim is what is known as a "gap in treatment." This occurs when a person waits to seek treatment or fails to show for a doctor's appointment. Without detailed medical records and a consistent treatment history, there will be little to no evidence that supports your injury claim. Simply put, you must follow up with a doctor as soon as possible after a pedestrian accident and continue to keep your appointments until you have been released from care.
Insurance Company Goals
The goal of the insurance company is to pay the smallest amount possible to settle your pedestrian accident case. Insurance companies make billions of dollars every year by settling claims as quickly as possible and employing high-priced defense attorneys who make sure their dollars stay out of your hands. Pedestrian accident victims are often pressured into giving recorded statements to the insurance company and signing medical authorization release forms that expose your health history. In both instances, this information is used against you to limit how much they pay for your pedestrian accident. (It's also common for the insurance company to use often-heard excuses to deny or limit your claim. The pedestrian accident wasn't your fault, and you shouldn't be made to feel guilty.)
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