Pedestrian accidents are far more prominent in big cities where crowded streets and distracted drivers come together. When driving a vehicle, the driver must be aware of their surroundings at all times. As a pedestrian, you are allowed to safely cross a street as long as you are following the law. When either party fails to adhere to those expectations, pedestrian accidents are the likely outcome.
If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident you have rights! Insurance companies and other parties will attempt to dismiss your claim outright. Without the help of a personal injury lawyer familiar with pedestrian accident defense strategies in Minnesota, you may not receive the compensation you justly deserve for a full recovery.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Accidents of all types occur because one or more persons involved were negligent. Unlike car accidents, pedestrian accident cases are fairly straightforward – someone broke the law. Accidents of this type mostly occur because:
- Pedestrians attempt to walk across roads when they are not legally permitted to do so
- Motorists do not see the pedestrian
- Motorists are not following the law
The majority of the time a motorist will be at fault for a pedestrian accident due to distractions or negligence like talking on a cell phone, driving too fast or running a red light. When the driver has broken a law, this may provide enough proof that they were negligent and responsible for injuries suffered.
In the rare case that both parties were not following the law, the case will become even more complicated.
Take Appropriate Action To Protect Your Rights
Protecting your rights as a driver or pedestrian can be done if action is taken immediately. Proving who had the right of way when the accident occurred will ultimately determine who wins a case if one is filed.
You will want to:
- Secure your own safety and the safety of anyone else involved in the accident. Medical attention must come first. If you are injured, you will want to wait until medical attention is provided.
- Contact a lawyer immediately. It’s never too early to get help in these situations from an attorney familiar with pedestrian accidents, like the team of injury lawyers at BGS.
- Take notes and pictures if possible. Like any car accident, get pictures of anything at the scene that might have contributed to the accident and helps determine who was at fault.
- Take down the names and numbers of any witnesses. Corroborating testimony from people at the scene can be critical to your defense.
- Call the police and obtain a police report. You’ll want official documentation of the incident so don’t take any other course of action.
These actions must be taken immediately as vital evidence will be present for only a short while after the accident occurred.
Medical Help and Documentation of Your Injuries
Documenting all injuries, including pain and suffering as well as the prognosis for your recovery is essential to getting you the compensation you deserve.
Make sure you:
- Obtain medical records
- Document hardships due to the accident and injuries
- Obtain written documentation of your prognosis from a medical professional
- Keep a journal outlining life following the accident and the difficulties experienced as you recover from the injuries
Contact an Attorney and Begin a Full Recovery
Legal assistance will be needed to file a claim and build your case in a Minnesota court. The Barna, Guzy and Steffen team of personal injury attorneys has experience with these types of accidents and the strategies needed to win your case. In addition, at BGS initial consultations for injured parties are always free.
Call us today and let the healing begin. We will do everything possible to make sure you receive fair compensation for your injuries, lost wages and future hardships.