Important Tips Following Your Pedestrian Accident
Last Updated on September 21,2023
Crossing the street can turn tragic and possibly deadly if a dangerous driver strikes you. Pedestrians are at risk for serious harm from the impact due to no protection from a car, truck, or SUV. Whether you walk for exercise, to work, or simply cross a busy street, a negligent driver can instantly change your life. Implementing the following important steps can help you as you pursue compensation for your damages.
Report the Accident
Immediately call 9-1-1- to report the accident. If your injuries prevent you from making the call, ask a witness to make the call. Include the street name and any nearby landmarks that may assist first responders in locating you faster.
Seek Immediate Medical Assistance
The impact of the accident can cause you to feel dazed and confused. Do not let a lack of blood convince you that you have no injuries. Shock and internal bleeding are just two examples of injuries that can prove deadly if left untreated.
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) can mobilize you for transport to a local medical facility or a specialized one. Accepting medical transport is not only critical for your injuries —but it also establishes a medical record that is typically helpful for a civil case.
Provide a Statement to Police
A police report is another helpful document for any legal action. A Nevada personal injury lawyer will review the report to identify the party responsible for the accident and liable for your damages.
While dealing with pedestrian accidents is daunting, it’s important to be prepared for any road-related incidents, including those where the responsible party might flee the scene. For comprehensive insights on what to do after being involved in a hit-and-run, consider checking our guide on post-hit-and-run steps. This can provide valuable information that complements the advice of your personal injury lawyer.
The responding officer may interview witnesses for the report. If possible, obtain contact information for anyone who witnessed the accident. The personal injury lawyer you hire may want to speak with them to fully understand what caused the accident.
Consult With a Nevada Personal Injury Lawyer
A free case evaluation with a Nevada personal injury lawyer can help you as you deal with your injuries. An insurance company representing the driver may contact you with a settlement offer. The decision you make at this time regarding whether to accept it is vital for your future.
The insurance company may pressure you to accept the initial settlement offer. Their priority is to use tactics designed to convince accident victims like you to accept less compensation than they deserve.
Serious injuries can delay your return to work due to a lengthy recovery process. A catastrophic injury may end your career. The financial impact the driver’s careless actions had on your life is likely significant and worrisome.
The team at Gina Corena & Associates knows the tactics of insurance companies all too well. Their experience representing victims of pedestrian accidents prepares them to fight for fair compensation for your damages.
Refer Insurance Companies to Your Lawyer
A settlement offer from an insurance company may seem like the answer to your situation. Medical bills and lost wages can create feelings of fear and anxiety — something that compounds your misery as you heal from your injuries.
No one should deal with such added stress during such a difficult time. Our team at Gina Corena & Associates deals with the phone calls, paperwork, and assertive insurance adjusters that are part of a personal injury claim and lawsuit.
Accepting an insurance settlement without a lawyer by your side can cost you any future opportunity for legal action. The insurance company will consider your claim closed, leaving you no options for pursuing a lawsuit later should your condition worsen.
Our representation of you, our client, is our top priority. We fight for the best outcome of your case possible. If necessary, we are willing to take your case to trial and present it before a judge and jury.
A member of our team typically fights for the following types of compensation:
- Medical costs, both current and future ongoing care needs
- Lost wages and potential future earnings if you are unable to return to work
- Pain and suffering
The Washington Post reports that pedestrian deaths reached a 30-year-high in 2019. If you lost a loved one due to a pedestrian accident that was likely preventable — had the responsible driver used care — you may qualify for a wrongful death claim and lawsuit. Gina Corena & Associates will provide a free case evaluation to determine if your relationship to the decedent qualifies you for a wrongful death case.
Act Quickly to Secure Legal Representation
The Nevada statute of limitations allows two years from the injury date for filing a personal injury lawsuit. Twenty-four months pass quickly when your world is turned upside down by a reckless driver.
Whether the driver engaged in distracted, drunk, or aggressive driving, their actions demand accountability. The driver should bear the responsibility for your medical costs and not you.
Building a strong case for compensation requires time. It is imperative that you contact Gina Corena & Associates as soon as possible regarding your pedestrian accident injuries.
Nevada drivers have a responsibility to share busy streets and roadways with pedestrians. If your daily walk for exercise, to work, or to the store turned tragic and resulted in life-changing injuries, contact Gina Corena & Associates for a free case evaluation. Our team is caring and compassionate with our clients and aggressive when it comes to fighting for compensation.
Gina Corena & Associates are Here to Help You
We are just a phone call away. A dangerous driver must face accountability for their reckless actions. Begin your journey toward possible compensation by contacting us today for a free case evaluation. Should we proceed with litigation, our team will keep you informed and updated about your case.
Time is of the essence, so do not delay reaching out to us sooner rather than later. The team at Gina Corena & Associates is ready to get to work fighting for compensation for the unfair and costly personal injuries you experienced due to negligence.
Our law firm specializes in Las Vegas car accident representation, ensuring that your rights are protected throughout the entire legal process.
Contact us online or call our office today: (702) 680-1111.