According to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (https://www.nhtsa.gov/), in 2014, 4,884 people were killed and a reported 65,000 injuries occurred from pedestrian vehicle accidents.
While walking is great form of transportation with the added benefits of losing weight, improved mood and reduction in potential for chronic disease, walking can be dangerous at times.
If in the unfortunate incident of being hit by a car as a pedestrian, your primary claim will likely be against the driver of the vehicle.
Depending upon the circumstances, you may have a case against the city or municipality if streets were unsafe or traffic control devices were not working. If you as a pedestrian did not exercise reasonable care for your own safety by walking into traffic or not following traffic signals, this will likely have a bearing on your case.
In addition, the laws of each state vary in terms of comparative or contributory negligence.
If you have been hit by a car as a pedestrian, the following are:
5 things to obtain before leaving the scene:
Always seek medical treatment even if your injuries appear to be minor. If you do not seek medical attention right away and then miss any future appointments, an insurance adjuster will deduce that your injuries are not that significant, so it’s important to continue medical care.
Pedestrian auto accidents can be complicated and it’s always advisable to seek guidance from a trusted legal professional who can assist you in protecting your rights.
Contact Hinman Law Group at (877) 462-9732 for a FREE consultation to see if we can help.