A significant, though not necessarily alarming statistic to know is that driver inattention is the cause of 21.3 percent of all pedestrian accidents. In a state known for its vast cities with millions of people, these accidents happen more frequently than you may think. If you were involved in a pedestrian accident due to another party’s negligence, it is important you contact an experienced lawyer to recover compensation for any of the physical or emotional damages you may have suffered.
How do I recover compensation if I was the victim of a pedestrian accident?
If the party operating the motor vehicle was at fault for striking you, then there is a good chance you will be able to recover compensation. However, in order to prove the other party’s negligence, you must have enough evidence to satisfy the burden of proof. This is why it is crucial to be very wary of what you post on social media during this period of time. The insurance companies will be looking for ways to deny you your compensation, so keep in mind that any post you make that may contradict your claim will most likely be used against you.
How do I prove negligence?
There are several specific scenarios which can be used to prove the other party’s negligence. Here are some ways in which another party would be considered negligent:
- Failure to signal when turning or changing lanes
- Failure to yield the right of way to pedestrians
- Not stopping at stop signs
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Disobeying traffic signals
- Disregard of weather conditions
Another crucial thing you can do to help your chances in proving negligence is documenting the incident if at all possible. If you are able to either take a video or a photograph of the accident, this will boost your ability to satisfy the burden of proof in your case. You should also receive medical treatment immediately following the incident. Certain injuries may take 1-2 days to set in, so it is important you be proactive and get checked.
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If you or anyone you know has been involved in a pedestrian accident, do not wait–you must contact an attorney immediately so you can try to recover the compensation you deserve. You may use your compensation money for medical bills, in-home care and more. We understand how potentially damaging a pedestrian accident can be, and we will fight vigorously for you to receive the compensation to which you are entitled.
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