Do You Know What to Do if You Are Injured in a Pedestrian Accident in California?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 5,000 pedestrian accidents killed people last year. There were another 130,000 pedestrian injuries. When a pedestrian is engaged in an accident, it is normal for them to be unsure about what to do. Continue reading to discover the fundamentals. If you need a free legal consultation, call Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 today.
Get medical help first and foremost
Nothing is more vital than receiving adequate medical help. This could mean dialing 911. It could involve visiting the hospital on your own. Getting a first aid kit and disinfecting any wounds could suffice.
Even if you believe you are not wounded or that your injuries are minimal, we recommend that you see a doctor. Helmets and other protective gear can help minimize the risk of serious injury, but nothing can guarantee your safety. Visiting a doctor will, at the very least, assist you in proving your personal injury case.
Gather accident information
If your injuries are not significant enough to require immediate medical attention, we recommend obtaining as much evidence as possible at the site. This should include photographing the damage, the accident site, any visible injuries, traffic signs / signals, weather conditions, and anything else that is pertinent.
Gather contact information from the other people involved. You should never acknowledge fault to anyone. Simply request contact information and leave the rest to your personal injury lawyer. Even a seemingly innocent statement made by you could be misinterpreted and used against you.
Follow your doctor’s instructions
It is impossible to stress the importance of paying attention to what your doctor says. You should finish treatment even if you start to feel better. Even if it does not appear to be working, you should consult your doctor before discontinuing treatment. Not only will you have the best opportunity of properly recuperating from your accident, but your personal injury attorney will be able to assist you.
If you do not follow your doctor’s orders, the insurance company of the other party can use this against you. If you did not follow the doctor’s instructions, they may argue that you were not as injured as you claim. They may reduce your offer because the damage would have healed faster and your overall costs would have been lower if you had followed your doctor’s instructions.
Contact a personal injury lawyer
It is never too soon to contact a personal injury lawyer. While we will most likely wait to file a claim until we have a better understanding of your medical needs, the sooner you contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, the sooner we can make sure you have the best case possible. For a free legal consultation, call immediately.