What to Do If You’re a Pedestrian Accident Victim

Posted by | December 17, 2014 | Car Accidents, Personal Injury Blog | No Comments
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On November 26th, three children were struck by a vehicle near Bonanza and Bruce in Las Vegas. Luckily for all individuals and families involved, the three children sustained no life-threatening injuries and are expected to recover after being taken to University Medical Center.

Thankfully, this accident resulted in no serious injuries or deaths, but pedestrian-vehicle accidents are often the most dangerous. With the increasing number of pedestrian accidents in Las Vegas, more people are at risk than ever before. It is very important that you understand the basics about pedestrian-vehicle accidents and you know the best ways to make sure you receive proper compensation after being involved in an accident.

Pedestrian-Vehicle Accidents

When a pedestrian accident occurs, the pedestrian may recover damages for his injuries if he can establish that someone else’s negligence caused or contributed to the accident. According to FindLaw.com, possible reasons why the driver may be at fault include:

  • Speeding
  • Ignoring traffic signs and signals
  • Failing to yield at a crosswalk
  • Ignoring road conditions and weather
  • Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol

If any of these factors are at play, it is possible that the driver will be found at fault and the pedestrian will recover damages. When considering pedestrian-vehicle accident cases, the court will also investigate whether the pedestrian was negligent. In order to minimize your chance of being involved in an accident and then found at fault, always remember to:

  • Use crosswalks and follow traffic signals at intersections
  • Avoid entering an intersection when it would disrupt the flow of traffic
  • Never dart in front of a moving vehicle

What to Do After the Accident

If the unthinkable happens and you become involved in an accident as you are crossing the street, there are important steps you should take to protect your life and interests. First and foremost, if you are seriously injured, seek immediate medical care. Your life is your most important asset and cannot be won back at trial. Once you have seen to your own care and safety, remember to follow these steps:

  • Call the police immediately
  • Wait at the scene until the police and medical professionals arrive
  • Identify witnesses and ask for their names and phone numbers

If you are physically able to survey the scene, do your best to remember the specific details. For example, what does the driver’s windshield look like? Is it dirty or cracked? Is anything obstructing his view? Also remember to keep the clothes you were wearing during the accident. Your clothes may provide physical evidence of the type of impact that occurred. In addition, if your clothes are brightly colored, this will help you establish that you were exercising reasonable care as a pedestrian.

Once you have left the scene of the accident and have seen to your medical needs, you should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Pedestrian accidents can be tragic and life-altering incidents, but with the right assistance they can be overcome. If the worst does happen, the attorneys at Bighorn Law are here to help you get the compensation and support you need to get back on your feet.

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