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Mistakes to Avoid After a Pedestrian Accident
On many occasions, we see people who have been injured in pedestrian accidents already having done damage to their claims before they even get started. It’s essential to take some steps to make sure your claims are preserved. First, we often see people who fail to report their incidents. It’s very important to have a police report made to document what occurred, when it occurred, where it occurred and who was involved. We will later need that information when we’re trying to locate witnesses and when we are trying to locate the at-fault driver who caused the incident. All this information is preserved on the police report, but if you don’t have that done, you open yourself up to having a defendant driver who claims this never occurred. Don’t give that opportunity to the defense.
Next, we often see people who wait way too long to go seek medical treatment. As soon as you begin feeling pain and discomfort, go seek medical attention. If your pain doesn’t start until the next day, go to the ER and get checked out. Oftentimes what starts as minor pain will increase to major pain over the coming days, and it’s important to have that documented as soon as possible to correlate it back to the incident. If you wait multiple weeks to go seek treatment, insurance companies will try to imply that if you had really been hurt, you would’ve gone and got medical treatment a lot sooner. Don’t give them that argument.
Another thing we see people often do is fail to follow through on the treatment that they’re prescribed by their doctors. Once the doctors tell you what you need to do, always abide by it. Don’t let gaps occur in your treatment or have time pass where you’re not getting any treatment at all. It’s important to make sure there are no gaps because, again, insurance companies will use that to try to diminish the value of your claim.
Finally, always make sure you immediately find a personal injury attorney who can help document your claim and preserve all evidence. It is essential to find an attorney who’s experienced in handling these types of claims and knows what to do. If you hire the wrong attorney, evidence will be lost and your claim will fall apart. Make sure you hire an experienced attorney who can walk you through this process.
Steps to Take After a Pedestrian Accident
Some cases we see on a very regular basis are those involving pedestrians being hit by cars. In those situations, the injuries can often be devastating for obvious reasons. If you have been in that type of situation, the first thing to do is obviously get immediate medical attention. In a case of a pedestrian collision, that’s often not optional because the injuries can be so significant and an ambulance is generally involved. The next thing to do is contact an experienced personal injury attorney who has handled many pedestrian cases and knows the law and the methods of collecting evidence to preserve your case and present it in the best light.
If you have been involved in an accident where you were a pedestrian and were hit by a car, please give us a call as soon as possible after the accident so we can begin working on your case and preserving all of the necessary evidence.
Pedestrian Accident Recorded Statement
When pedestrian on motor vehicle collisions occur and insurance companies get involved, one of the first things the insurance company tries to do is get a recorded statement from the pedestrian who was injured. One of the first things our clients will always ask us if we should talk to the insurance company. The answer in that situation is always no. We don’t ever want our clients talking directly to the insurance companies or giving recorded statements. First, they have no obligation to do that; second, doing so can often be detrimental to the case because they are talking with trained investigators who ask questions in a way that are designed to get the injured party to give answers that may be misleading or not fully accurate.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian on motor vehicle incident and you need help navigating your claim, please give us a call as soon as possible so we can help you with issues involving an insurance company’s desire to take a recorded statement and all other issues involved with preserving evidence and presenting your case.
If you or a loved one were struck by a vehicle while walking in Georgia, you may have questions about how to win your pedestrian accident case.
Contact experienced Atlanta pedestrian accident attorney Christopher Gunnels at The Gunnels Law Firm today to arrange a free consultation.
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