The number of pedestrian accidents in San Diego has spiked in recent days. At the beginning of February, there were at least 5 reported pedestrian deaths in a span of 4 days. The increase in pedestrian-related accidents has raised concern among pedestrians in the greater San Diego area. Pedestrians who are involved in traffic accidents are at an increased risk of suffering a grave bodily injury and/or death. These victims may be entitled to compensation if the accident was caused (at least in part) by another person. Taking certain steps and precautions after a pedestrian accident can help to increase the chances of maximizing the compensation a victim is awarded. If you are injured as a pedestrian in San Diego, keep the following suggestions in mind.
Move Away From the Scene of the Accident
Move away from the scene of the accident if you are physically able to do so. The crash may cause other drivers to become distracted and can lead to additional crashes. If you are at the accident site you may suffer additional injuries. Move a safe distance away to protect your health and safety.
Report the Accident
Call your local San Diego police immediately to report the accident. Officers will be sent to the scene to control traffic, mitigate damage, and investigate the crash. Their investigation will be documented in a police report. This report will be incredibly valuable down the line if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim for damages. Police reports are not generally admissible as evidence but contain valuable information about your accident. This information includes details about the circumstances of your crash that are likely to be lost or forgotten over time, including:
- Weather conditions
- Road conditions
- Traffic conditions
- Names and statements of eyewitnesses, and
- Initial determinations of fault.
See a Doctor
Your health and wellbeing should be your primary concern after a pedestrian accident. See a doctor even if you don’t think that you’ve been hurt badly in the crash. As a pedestrian, you are more likely to suffer from serious internal injuries. If these injuries aren’t checked out right away they can become life-threatening. Seeing a doctor immediately will help to make sure that all of your injuries are discovered and treated appropriately. Make sure to discuss your injuries thoroughly with your doctor, as they will be documented during your visit. This documentation will be crucial for establishing the link between your accident and injuries.
It will be important to support your personal injury claim for damages with as much evidence as possible. Some details about your accident and injury will be contained in police and medical reports. However, other information may not necessarily be documented. Be sure to take photographs of the scene of the accident and your injuries. Take multiple photos to get different angles. You never know what your attorney may see when analyzing the photographs in the future. It can also be helpful to write down your own recollection of the accident as soon as you can. You may forget certain details as time goes on. Your own written memory may not be admissible as evidence, but it can help to point an investigation in the right direction.
Avoid Conversations With Insurance Agencies
An at-fault party’s insurance company will do whatever they can to limit the amount of money you receive. In some cases, they may flat out deny your claim for benefits. In other cases, they may try to persuade you to accept an early lowball offer. It is important to resist the temptation to speak with insurance companies. They will try to manipulate a difficult and overwhelming situation to get the result they want. This will not be in your best interest. The best thing you can do is to let your attorney do the negotiating on your behalf.
Contact an Experienced San Diego Pedestrian Attorney
Personal injury lawsuit can be complex, time-consuming, and overwhelming. In some cases, they may involve multiple parties and varying legal procedures. You can focus on your own recovery and increase your odds of maximizing the damages you receive by hiring an experienced San Diego pedestrian accident attorney to handle your case. Call the team at Injury Trial Lawyers, APC to set up a free consultation and find out more. We will review your potential claim, explain your rights as a victim, and outline your legal options. California places a limit on the amount of time you have a file a claim, so do not hesitate to call us today.