If you are hit by a car while you are a pedestrian, you can be left with some serious injuries – and some important questions about your rights. Below and in an upcoming second part of this blog, we will provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions associated with pedestrian accidents.
What is the first thing I should do after my accident?
Without question, the most important thing to do in the immediate aftermath of a pedestrian accident is to get the emergency medical assistance you may need. While this will be a no brainer if you happen to break a leg, be knocked unconscious or suffer an obviously severe injury, it’s also important even if you don’t think that you have been injured. This is because some injuries – like concussions or even neck/back injuries – can have latent (hidden) symptoms that doctors may be able to recognize before you start to notice them.
Once your health has been stabilized, the next step will be to gather information about the accident and take the time to learn more about your rights, as you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses.
I am being called by insurers. What should I do?
Regardless of whether your insurance company or insurers for the driver who hit you are calling you, it’s important that you:
- Only tell them the facts of the accident (like where and when it happened, who was involved, if the cops were called, etc.).
- Do not claim ANY fault in the accident, as even the slighted admission of fault can seriously impact your access to compensation in the future.
- Do not let insurers push you into accepting a settlement before you have talked to a lawyer.
Remember – insurance companies are NOT on your side. They are most concerned with preserving their own profits and, consequently, will usually try to get you to:
- Say something that could be used to deny your claim.
- Accept a settlement that is less than what you really deserve.
How much is my case worth?
The short answer to this often-asked question is that it depends. The value of a pedestrian accident lawsuit will depend on a number of factors, only some of which include:
- The severity of your injuries
- The costs of your medical treatments (including the treatments you have had and that you will need in the future to recover from your injuries)
- Whether your injuries have kept you out of work (and, as a result, have impacted your income)
- Whether you have suffered irreversible physical damage, such as paralysis or disfigurement
- The degree of mental suffering associated with your case.
Look for our upcoming second part of this blog for some more answers to pedestrian accident FAQs.
St. Louis Pedestrian Accident Lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law
If you have been hit by a car while you were walking, contact the St. Louis’s leading personal injury lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law. We have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.