In 2016, 5,987 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents across the United States according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This represented 16% of all traffic fatalities and was a 9% increase from the previous year.

Pedestrians who are involved in a traffic accident often suffer serious and sometimes fatal injuries. This is largely because there are no steel cages or airbags protecting them from bearing the brunt of the accident forces. When a 3,000-pound automobile slams into a pedestrian, even at a low rate of speed, the results can be disastrous. Knowing what to do immediately following a pedestrian accident could significantly impact your ability to file a claim and collect the compensation you need.

  • Seek Medical Attention – even if you do not believe you are injured, remain on the scene and obtain medical attention. Some serious injuries may not be immediately apparent, but if left untreated, they could be fatal.
  • Call the Police – the police need to arrive on the scene and collect evidence. This will help them to make a detailed accident report identifying who is responsible for the accident. Establishing liability is key to being able to file a claim.
  • Gather Evidence – if you are able, snap pictures of the accident scene, including crosswalks, car position, and anything that you believe led to your accident. Speak to eyewitnesses and get their contact information if you are able.
    Avoid accepting blame – even if you believe that you are partly to blame for the accident, don’t offer this information. Be honest when speaking to the police, but don’t accept responsibility.
  • You likely don’t have all the facts and even a simple “I didn’t see them” could be used to show that you were at fault.
  • Call a Pedestrian Accident Attorney – after a pedestrian accident, it is important to contact an experienced pedestrian accident attorney. Your attorney will need to investigate all aspects of your accident to determine who is responsible for your injuries. They will then be able to negotiate a higher settlement and help you obtain the money you need to recover.

If you are involved in a pedestrian hit and run accident, you may be worried about how you will pay for your medical expenses and lost wages. If the “at fault” driver is never found, you will have to turn to your own insurance policy to collect compensation and this may be more difficult that you realize. As such, an experienced pedestrian accident attorney can help you during this time as well.

Contact Our Denver Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

Paysinger Law, P.C.If you or someone you love is injured in a pedestrian accident, you will need someone on your side who can offer you compassionate and competent legal advice every step of the way. Call Denver attorney Robert Paysinger today to discuss your case. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303.279.0221. We understand how to help pedestrians after a car accident and our track record of success speaks for itself. Call us today.

 

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