How to Recover Compensation After Being Involved in a Pedestrian Accident

If you were struck by a moving vehicle, there is a good chance you are now seriously injured. Pedestrian accidents usually result in very severe damages, and in the worst-case scenario, it may change your life forever. If you find yourself in a situation where you were struck by a moving vehicle, it is extremely important that you contact an experienced attorney. You may be entitled to compensation, which can cover your medical bills, lost wages, in-home care and more. 

What are the different causes of pedestrian accidents?

There are a number of factors that contribute to pedestrian accidents. Road conditions, for example, are a common cause of pedestrian accidents. Inclement weather conditions, such as black ice, heavy rain, or snow all may cause a pedestrian accident. Visibility also plays a big role in pedestrian accidents. If there is poor lighting or overgrown vegetation, there are times where you may not even see someone coming around the corner. However, the most common cause of pedestrian accidents is human negligence. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident due to another party’s negligence, there is a good chance you may be entitled to financial compensation.

How do I prove another party’s negligence?

You will most likely be able to prove negligence if you are struck by another party operating a motor vehicle while doing any of the following:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Excessively speeding
  • Driving while distracted or drowsy
  • Failing to obey all traffic signs and lights
  • Texting or using electronics without hands-free technology

Additionally, when filing your claim, there are a few things you can do to maximize your chances of receiving full compensation. First, you should try and obtain photographic or video evidence of the incident occurring. If your accident happened in an urban area, there is a good chance a security camera caught it. However, if you were not able to capture a video, you should ask any available witnesses for their contact information so they may help verify your claim. You should also seek medical assistance immediately, as they will treat your injuries and provide you with the paperwork you need to help prove your case. When you are filing your claim, you need to be very careful about what you post on social media, or, better yet, abstain from social media completely. Insurance companies will do anything they can to deny you the compensation you deserve, so it is important you do not post anything that contradicts your claim.

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