While walking along the side of the road should not be as dangerous as driving a car on the road, it arguably carries a similar risk. When you are walking on the road, you have to be extremely careful of your surroundings, especially the traffic. According to the official GHSA (Governors Highway Safety Association) statistics, in 2019, around 6600 pedestrians were killed in such accidents. The figure continues to grow with the ever-increasing number of vehicles on the road.
If you were seriously injured after falling victim to a pedestrian car accident while walking on the road, it is natural to wonder about your options for financial compensation. It is essential to take the right steps at the time of the pedestrian accident to ensure that you have a legitimate insurance claim in the future.
Immediately After the Accident
After calling 911 and asking for law enforcement and emergency medical services, you should wait at the scene of the accident. Once you get medical attention for any injuries, you should try your best to document the scene of the accident along with your injuries and try to interview any eyewitnesses.
Remember to obtain the names and contact information of the eyewitnesses and a copy of the official police report of the accident. All the documented evidence at the time of the accident will assist you in obtaining fair compensation in the future.
Paying Your Medical Bills
If you live in a no-fault state, your medical bills will be covered by the insurance provider of the driver who hit you.
However, if you do not live in a no-fault state, you will have to file a claim with your health insurance provider for the coverage of medical expenses. In case you do not have health insurance, you will have to pay the bills yourself.
Determination of Liability
If a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the driver of the car is usually held liable for the accident. The fact that all drivers on the road are legally obliged to see and avoid any hazards on the road falls in the favor of the victim. If you were hit by a car while walking along the crosswalk, the driver of the car would be held liable for the accident.
Even if the accident does not occur at a crosswalk, you have a good chance of making a legitimate claim against the driver if you were paying attention to the road. It is essential to remember, however, that jaywalking is illegal in most states in the United States of America.
If the accident occurred due to the failure of traffic lights or stop signs, etc., the city municipality might be held liable for the accident. In such a case, it is essential to prove the negligence of the local municipality.
Hiring an Attorney
Hiring a competent lawyer experienced in pedestrian car accidents is crucial to ensure fair compensation after the accident. An experienced attorney will help you navigate the uncertain legal waters and guide you through the often-complex legal process.