It’s understandable to feel overwhelmed after a pedestrian accident. However, it is crucial that you take certain steps in order to protect your rights and recover maximum compensation.
With that said, your health should be your first concern if you have suffered injuries after a pedestrian accident. Always call 911 and request help if you are hurt. Even if you don’t feel pain immediately after an accident, It’s possible that you may be seriously injured.
Further complicating matters is the reality that serious injuries don’t always show adverse symptoms until several days or weeks after an accident took place. Whether you believe you are seriously injured, please seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
The next thing you must do is gather the following information and make sure to include:
- The names and contact information for all parties involved in the pedestrian accident
- The driver's name, driver's license, insurance information, and license plate number(s)
- The contact information for any witnesses to the pedestrian accident
- Photos/videos of the accident scene, the offending vehicle, and your injuries
Most importantly: DO NOT admit fault or suggest who may be at fault, even if you feel that you were responsible. DO NOT SPEAK about the accident at all, if you can help it. Discussing the accident -- and worse, apologizing for it -- will not help you and can in fact be used against you.
Finally, do not attempt to negotiate directly with the insurance company. Insurance companies are not on your side and will certainly pressure you into settling for less money than you deserve. An experienced Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney will deal with the insurance companies for you, and will always be there to answer any questions you may have about liability or damages owed to you.