When following the law and walking as a pedestrian you never expect to be struck by a vehicle. Even a “minor” pedestrian accident (an accident where a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle) can be a terrifying and traumatic event. The painful, long-lasting physical wounds, as well as the devastating emotional trauma caused by a single pedestrian accident can change the entire course of a survivor’s life. In addition, the traumatic injuries sustained by pedestrian accident victims are often extremely expensive, and in some cases, they could require years or even a lifetime of expensive treatments.
This challenging time after a pedestrian accident, you are simply trying to recover from your injuries and move forward with your life. You do not need the draining, uphill battle that comes when facing greedy, evasive insurance companies after your pedestrian accident. That is where John Barry Baker can help. He will be there with you every step, so you don’t have to face the issues of your pedestrian accident alone. John Barry Baker will fight for your rightful compensation, justice and accountability for the suffering you and your family have endured in the aftermath of being struck by a vehicle in a pedestrian accident.
When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle in a pedestrian accident, it is often followed by a chaotic flurry of paperwork, phone calls, documentation and investigation. It is easy for this to cause feelings of hopelessness and being overwhelmed as this is in addition to healing from painful injuries. If a motorist is at fault in your pedestrian accident, you should not have to accept the financial burden caused by his or her poor driving choices or negligence.
Important steps following a pedestrian accident in Fayetteville Arkansas:
- After a pedestrian accident, the first thing you should do is ensure that you can reach safety. If you are medically able to do so, and your injuries don’t prevent you from moving, you should attempt to move away from active traffic. This step can reduce the risk of secondary accidents being caused by the people and vehicles involved. If you are too severely injured and prohibited from moving, then circumstances and location of the pedestrian accident, as well as your medical condition will dictate whether it is possible or safe for you to move to a safer location away from the flow of traffic. Having your injuries assessed by a professional is important when in a pedestrian accident.
- Once the safety issues have been addressed, there are important pieces of information that you should obtain from the driver who struck you in the pedestrian accident. You should write down or use your phone to obtain a picture of the driver’s license plate. Be sure to ask the other driver in the pedestrian accident for his or her insurance information. In the state of Arkansas every owner of a car, truck, van, motorcycle or other vehicle is required by law to have, at minimum, liability insurance coverage. Liability insurance covers the damage for another driver or pedestrian when the insured is at fault in an automobile or pedestrian accident. It is also a good idea to obtain contact information from the other driver. While it is possible to obtain this information later in the process, obtaining it in the beginning of the process can reduce stress later.
- If as a pedestrian you were struck by a vehicle in a pedestrian accident, the police should be called as well as the paramedics to ensure you are not severely injured. An accident report is required by law when any person suffers any bodily injury or is killed when struck by a vehicle in a pedestrian accident.
Please call John Barry Baker, P.A. (479) 521-5337 right away for a confidential legal consultation. Let us help you take control of your pedestrian accident. Call us today to explore your options.