Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Everett
Are You A Pedestrian Who Has Been Hit In A Car Accident? Do You Know What To Do After You’ve Been Involved In A Collision With A Motor Vehicle?
If you’re a pedestrian and are involved in an accident with a motor vehicle you should carefully take the right steps moving forward. Everything that is done next can have lasting effects on your case.
One of the most common types of pedestrian accidents occurs when a driver is making a right hand turn with a red light in front of them. You are walking with a walk sign and are suddenly slammed into by a vehicle. What should you do?
As a pedestrian you should wait for the police to arrive after an accident with a motor vehicle. You want a police officer to take and file a police report. That’s because some drivers may deny that an accident was their fault after the accident has occurred. An at-fault driver may deny it was them or even that the accident ever happened. Leaving the scene can make it impossible to identify the at-fault driver later.
A police officer will document everything at the scene. Make sure to tell the officer your side of the story. The at-fault driver may be ticketed. This can be useful for negotiations and settlement of a personal injury claim in the future. Try to collect as much information as you can. Make sure you get all the information about the driver even if the police arrive.
At the time of the accident you might not know you’re hurt. If you are hurt, you may think that it is a minor injury. In many instances a pedestrian finds out that the injuries they sustained are much more severe than they thought. Surgery may even be required.
Make sure to seek immediate medical attention for any and all injuries. You should go directly to the emergency room (ER) if needed. If you don’t go to the ER you should visit your primary care physician (PCP) as soon as possible. A medical record will serve as proof of you injuries.
It’s Not As Simple As You Think
As you can see there are several issues that can and will arise when a pedestrian is hit by a car. In Washington State a pedestrian who has automobile insurance can still collect from their own insurance even though they were not driving when the accident occurred. This can be done through Uninsured Motorist or Underinsured motorist protection also known as UM/UIM. A main concern can be getting medical bills paid for. In Washington State the at-fault drivers insurance pays the amount of the pedestrian’s medical expenses up to the Personal Injury Protection limits. This is also known as PIP and is paid regardless of whether it is the pedestrians fault or not. It can be very difficult to obtain either PIP or UM/UIM payment from insurance companies when you’re a pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle.
Here at the Dubin Law Group, our Everett pedestrian accident lawyers have experience dealing with insurance companies. We know how to deal with not only the at-fault drivers insurance who caused the collision, but your insurance as well. We are well suited to handle any and all personal injury cases. We pride ourselves on compassion and vigorously fighting on behalf of our clients.
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Today!
If you’ve been injured as a pedestrian or involved in any kind of motor vehicle collision and do not have PIP, UM/UIM, or are experiencing any difficulties dealing with the insurance company, our experienced Everett pedestrian accident lawyers can help. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your collision, call us at 425-243-9935. You can also contact our law office online. Our Everett attorneys make home and hospital visits when needed. We handle all personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. This means you will not pay attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you.