If you are the victim of a pedestrian accident, you will likely suffer serious injury. This can be a confusing time as you work to heal from the accident and move on with your life. Many people have no idea what they should do and they simply accept an offer from an insurance company. Keep reading to find out what you should actually do after a pedestrian accident, and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Get Medical Care Right Away
There are actually several reasons that it is wise to get medical care as soon after a pedestrian accident as possible. First and most importantly, it can keep you safe. Even if you do not feel that you have been seriously injured, remember that some injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, are not immediately obvious after an accident.
The second reason to visit the doctor right away is that it can be essential to recovering compensation for your damages. If you wait days or weeks to go to the doctor, then the defendant’s insurance company can claim this as evidence that you were not as injured as you claim you were, or that your injuries resulted from something other than the accident.
Gather as Much Evidence as Possible at the Scene
If you are not significantly injured and are able to gather evidence at the scene, then you should do so. If you are not able to, try to get someone else to do so for you. You want to get pictures or video. You want to get information on all involved vehicles as well as any witnesses. Make sure that you take photos not just of the vehicle and any injuries but also of skid marks and other evidence.
Continue to Get Follow Up Medical Care
Seeing a doctor immediately after the accident is just the first step. You must also continue to visit the doctor and follow all of their instructions. Once again, if you fail to do so, then you are opening the door for the at-fault party’s insurance company to claim that you are not as injured as you say you are or that your injuries would not have been as serious if you had followed the doctor’s advice.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
You might have the right to seek compensation for your damages. It all depends on the specifics of your accident, the at-fault party’s insurance, and other factors. The best way to find out what your next steps should be is to contact a personal injury attorney. You can call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.