What to do after a pedestrian accident

On Behalf of | May 6, 2024 | Personal injury |

What happens if you get into an accident while walking or riding a bike, even if you have the right of way? Pedestrian accidents can be terrifying and may leave you with physical, emotional and financial burdens. During these circumstances, you must remember that you have rights.

Pedestrians generally have the right of way in marked crosswalks and designated walkways. Drivers have a legal obligation to yield to pedestrians and exercise caution, especially near intersections and in areas with heavy foot traffic.

Immediate steps to take after an accident

If a reckless driver caused your accident, you may take swift action. First, you must seek medical attention. No matter how minor your injuries may seem, it is best to call emergency hotlines. Next, you must document the scene and take photos of the accident location, your injuries (if it is safe to do so) and any vehicle damage. Usually, traffic enforcers may show up at the scene and will likely encourage you to file a police report. This is also the time to contact your friends or family member to let them know what happened. Notifying your insurance company as soon as a possible is also advisable.

Am I eligible for compensation?

If proven that it was the driver’s fault, you may be eligible to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage (such as personal belongings). You may seek professionals to understand the legal steps to take.

Getting back on your feet after a pedestrian accident takes time. Exercise your rights and tap the necessary resources you need so that they may help you get the compensation you deserve.