Here’s What You Should Do After a Florida Pedestrian Accident
The injuries suffered after a pedestrian accident can be more devastating than those suffered after any other type of auto accident. Therefore, as a pedestrian, you need to understand the steps to take after a pedestrian accident to protect your health and compensation rights.
If you’re going to file a personal injury claim after an accident, proving negligence should be among your worries because the burden of proof always rests on the victim. However, this should not be your biggest worry immediately after a pedestrian accident. Your attorney can help you prove negligence.
Below is a look at what you should do after a Florida pedestrian accident.
Seek Medical Attention
After a pedestrian accident, seeking medical attention should be your priority. In fact, this should never come in second. Whether you think you sustained an injury or not, seek medical attention immediately. Some injuries don’t show symptoms immediately. Generally, your well-being should be your priority after a pedestrian accident.
Your promptness in seeking medical attention after your pedestrian accident could be what determines whether you live or succumb to your injuries; therefore, seek medical care as fast as possible.
If you can’t call for medical help, ask someone to make the call for you. In many pedestrian accidents, witnesses call for medical help on behalf of victims.
Additionally, seeking medical attention immediately after a pedestrian accident is vital because you can protect your right to receive compensation through that.
Call Law Enforcers
Usually, after a pedestrian accident, witnesses call the police. However, if no one calls the police on your behalf, call them to the accident scene. A police report can be of great help to your personal injury case.
Obtain the Motorist’s Information
Unfortunately, some motorists flee accident scenes. However, even if you are a victim of a hit-and-run accident, try gathering information from any person who might have witnessed the accident. For instance, try to gather information about the vehicle’s license plate, model, and color from witnesses. Don’t try chasing after a motorist. On the other hand, if the driver doesn’t leave, try gathering information from them. Only do this if you are in a state that allows you to do so.
The motorist’s information, especially their insurance information, is extremely crucial because it helps you understand where your compensation will come from. For example, if the motorist has PIP insurance coverage and you don’t, their coverage can compensate you for damages.
If you can collect helpful evidence after your accident, pictures are always a good idea. Take photos of any physical injuries, the accident scene, and the surrounding places. Witness statements can also be of great use to your personal injury case.
Call an Attorney
After gathering enough helpful evidence, call a personal injury attorney to receive guidance on filing a personal injury case. Avoid talking to insurance companies without your lawyer.
Contact an Orlando Personal Injury Attorney for Help
Have you been involved in a pedestrian accident because of someone else’s negligence? Do you know someone who has been involved in such an accident? Allow our Orlando personal injury attorneys at the Pendas Law Firm to help. The moment you consult our experienced team, you move a step closer to receiving the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
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