Being a pedestrian in Massachusetts may mean enjoying a healthy form of exercise, but it also means the risk of being hit by a car. Indeed, pedestrian accidents are all-too-common in our state–just recently, in mid-June 2020, a man was killed in Quincy when he was struck by a car while walking.
Pedestrian accidents are tragic and, when they don’t lead to death, can result in serious, long-term injuries that are life-changing. If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident in our state, here’s an overview of what to do and some tips for maximizing your settlement amount–
Call the Police
Even if your injuries aren’t serious–and certainly if they are–one of the first things that you do should be to call the police. An accident report needs to be generated in order to gather evidence, assess fault, and create a record of the accident for the purposes of filing an insurance claim.
It is important to document everything that you can about your accident, including:
- The make and model of the car involved and the car’s license plate number;
- The name, contact information, and insurance information of the driver who hit you;
- The location of the accident and the circumstances surrounding the crash;
- The weather and lighting conditions at the time of the crash;
- Whether there were any witnesses to the crash;
- Any other evidence related to how the crash occurred;
- Details of your injuries, including prescribed medical treatment; and
- The damages you have suffered, including medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, emotional distress, and more.
Get Medical Care
The sooner that you get medical care after a pedestrian crash, the better. Medical care is not only integral to your recovery, but is also essential for establishing a connection between the accident and your injuries. If you don’t seek medical care immediately after a crash, the insurance adjuster assigned to your case may question whether or not your injuries derived from the accident or from something else.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Even though it’s unlikely that your own insurance provider will be responsible for paying for damages related to the accident, it’s still necessary to call your insurer and let them know about the crash as soon as possible. You will also need to contact the insurance company of the at-fault driver to file a claim.
Call a Massachusetts Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
If you have been hit by a car, you may be dealing with serious losses. In order to improve your chances of recovering the settlement amount you deserve, call a Massachusetts pedestrian accident attorney. Your attorney will aggressively investigate your case, prove the fault of the responsible party, and advocate for your full settlement amount.
At The Law Offices of Alan Hildreth King & Associates, we care about our clients. Please schedule a free consultation with us by calling us directly at (781) 284-2900 or sending us a message online.