Car Accidents with Pedestrians

Posted on July 10, 2014 · Posted in News

Car Accident with Pedestrian

Hitting a pedestrian with a car is a reoccurring problem that is far too dangerous. Thousands of pedestrians are injured in traffic accidents due to negligence. The impact of a car, even one driving 10 mph, can result in serious or fatal injury for a pedestrian that can lead to disability, paralysis, or death.

Know What to Do in an Accident

It is important to know what to do if you are involved in a car accident with a pedestrian. It is imperative that you remain calm, breathe, and remember the following guidelines:

Safety First

If anyone is injured in the event of an accident, get them to a place of safety. Do not perform any safety measures yourself if you do not know how to perform them. Basic medical treatments, such as CPR, can be administered.

Get Medical and Legal Help

Once the injured party is in a safe place, contact the police, medical assistance, and both parties’ auto insurance providers. Do not leave the scene of the accident. Remain present until all required parties are in attendance, and you are given permission to leave.

Exchange Contact Information

This is a crucial factor in car accidents involving pedestrians. Exchange information with the pedestrian such as your name, phone number, and insurance information – and that is all. Do not talk with the pedestrian or their family about the accident, or how you feel about the incident. Trying to console the family by saying statements such as “I feel guilty,” can get you in serious trouble.

Do not speak with the pedestrian’s attorney, or their auto insurance company. Your auto insurance company and personal injury attorney will handle the communication on your behalf.

Determining Who is at Fault

Determining who is at fault in a car accident with a pedestrian is based on who was deemed negligent. Negligence can be measured differently, and it is important to seek legal help if you have been involved in a pedestrian accident.

For instance, a pedestrian can be negligent by crossing the street illegally, and a driver can be negligent by disobeying the speed limit. Each case is different, but with the right attorney, you can prove that you were not the negligent party.

Contact a Slidell Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Car accidents with pedestrians can be very stressful for all parties involved. Injuries can be fatal and even result in wrongful death.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, or you lost a loved one due to the negligence of an automobile, contact Michael Hingle and Associates today.