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Steps to Take After a Utah Pedestrian Accident

Steps to take after a Utah pedestrian accident

Walking or running can be a refreshing way to get around, especially in Utah's many scenic locations. However, when traveling by foot accidents can and do occur, turning an enjoyable activity into a traumatic experience. Pedestrian accidents often result in severe injuries due to the lack of physical protection for pedestrians on the road. If you are injured as a pedestrian, what should you do?

If a car accident or car crash involves a pedestrian, particularly in the case of a hit-and-run or crosswalk accident, the consequences can be devastating. While an insurance claim can be helpful, you need a Utah personal injury attorney to protect your rights and represent your interests. At ReshLaw Accident & Injury, we stand up for the victims of pedestrian accidents in Utah. We can help you recover damages that can compensate you for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Learn more about what you need to do after a pedestrian accident below. Then, give us a call to schedule a free case consultation.

Immediate Actions After a Utah Pedestrian Accident

In the moments following an accident, your emotions may run high. Confusion, shock, and fear can take over. It's essential, however, to stay as calm as possible. Taking immediate action can protect you and others involved. Here are a few critical steps you can take. 

Ensure Safety

1. Move to a Safe Location

First, move to a safe area if you are able. Staying on the road can increase the risk of another accident. Make sure you are away from oncoming traffic. It's essential for your safety and the safety of other road users.

2. Activate Hazard Signals

If a vehicle is involved, make sure the hazard lights are activated. This alerts other drivers to a problem ahead and helps prevent further accidents by warning others to approach cautiously. Always make sure the accident location is as safe as possible for everyone.

Check for Injuries

Check injuries

1. Self-Assessment

Start by checking yourself for injuries. Even if you feel okay, it's critical to be cautious. Some injuries, like internal bleeding or concussions, are not immediately apparent. Always pay particular attention to how you feel, and see a doctor, no matter how minor your injuries might be.

2. Call for Medical Help if Needed

If you or anyone else involved seems hurt, call for medical assistance. Even minor injuries can lead to significant complications if not appropriately treated. Plus, having a medical report can be vital later on. It's always better to be safe and seek medical attention.

Contact Law Enforcement

1. Call 911

Always call the police after a pedestrian accident. They can document the scene and gather witness statements. Their presence also ensures everyone stays calm and cooperates.

2. Provide Accident Details

When officers arrive, please give them a detailed account of the accident. Stick to the facts and avoid speculating. This report will be crucial if legal action arises later on. Be clear, concise, and truthful.

Gather Information

Gather information

Information gathering is a critical step. It will be invaluable if insurance claims or legal actions are needed. Always try to collect as much data as possible without jeopardizing your safety.

Exchange Contact Information

1. Other Parties Involved

Get names, addresses, phone numbers, and insurance details from everyone involved. This would include the driver if there was a vehicle involved. Cooperation at this stage can prevent future complications.

2. Witnesses

If there are any witnesses, get their contact information too. They can provide an unbiased account of the incident. Witnesses can be essential in proving fault or understanding the accident's sequence of events.

Document the Scene

1. Take Photos

Using your phone, take pictures of the accident scene. Capture vehicle positions, injuries, skid marks, crosswalks and road conditions. These images can provide a visual account of the accident's aftermath and could be crucial evidence.

2. Note Environmental Conditions

Write down any factors that might have contributed to the accident. Was it raining? Was there poor lighting? Was the injured party in a crosswalk? These details can help establish the accident's cause and any contributing factors.

Obtain a Copy of the Police Report

After the officers have completed their investigation, request a copy of the police report. In Utah, sometimes this report is not available until 10 days after an accident. This document contains the officer’s findings and any citations issued. It will be essential when dealing with insurance companies or pursuing legal action.

Seek Medical Attention

Seek compensation for injuries

A. Seek Medical Care

Even if you feel fine, see a doctor, especially after a pedestrian accident. With the massive forces at play from a vehicle, there could likely be injuries that develop later. A medical examination can detect these latent injuries and treat them early. Early treatment leads to a quicker recovery. 

B. Keep Records of Medical Treatment

Maintain a detailed record of all your medical treatments and expenses. This includes doctor visits, medications, therapy sessions, and other related costs. These records are crucial for insurance claims and potential lawsuits.

C. Follow the Doctor's Instructions

Listen to your doctor and follow his advice. This not only helps in your recovery but also proves you're taking your health seriously. Neglecting medical advice can negatively impact any compensation you might seek later.

Contact Insurance Companies

Contact insurance companies

A. Notify Your Auto Insurance Company

Even if you were on foot, your auto insurance might have provisions for pedestrian accidents. Inform them about the accident and provide all the necessary details. Before speaking with any insurance company, consider retaining an attorney. 

B. Contact the Other Party's Insurance Company (If Applicable)

The other party’s insurance company might have relevant policies covering your pedestrian accident. However, you should use extreme caution when dealing with them. You should refrain from providing any recorded statements about how the accident occurred or the extent of your injuries without consulting with a pedestrian accident attorney. 

C. Be Cautious When Speaking to Insurance Adjusters

Insurance adjusters might contact you. They'll ask for your account of the accident. Remember, they represent the insurance company's interests, not yours. Be cautious when speaking to them about how the accident occurred and the extent of your injuries. Before speaking with any insurance adjuster, consider hiring a pedestrian accident attorney. 

Consult With a Utah Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Legal complexities can arise after a pedestrian accident. A Utah pedestrian accident lawyer can guide you through the maze.

Injury laws and insurance policies can be complicated. A professional can help navigate these waters, ensuring you're treated fairly. If you need clarification on your rights or the following steps, consulting with a lawyer can provide clarity and direction.

Seek Compensation for Injuries

Seek compensation for injuries

A. Negotiate With the Insurance Company

Not all pedestrian accident cases end up in court. Before commencing legal action, an injured party can attempt to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company. Having a lawyer can be beneficial here, as they can explain to you what fair compensation looks like in Utah for the injuries you have received. 

B. Consider Mediation or Arbitration

If negotiations stall, an alternative to court may be to attempt mediation or arbitration. These are less formal than court trials and can lead to quicker resolutions. They involve neutral third parties, helping find a middle ground.

C. Filing a Lawsuit, if Necessary

Finally, if negotiations fail, and mediation or arbitration are not viable options, you have the option to file a lawsuit. This is a more extended process, but getting the compensation you deserve might be necessary. We can work with you to see if we can file a lawsuit to help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Arrange a Follow-up Care

A. Continue Medical Treatment

Your health is a priority. Always continue with any medical treatments or therapies prescribed. Regular check-ups can monitor your recovery and catch any complications early.

B. Document Your Recovery

Keep a diary of your recovery progress. Note down any pains, challenges, or improvements. This can be valuable evidence if you're seeking compensation for prolonged suffering.

C. Maintain Communication With Your Attorney

Stay in touch with your lawyer. Update them on your medical status and any other relevant developments. Their guidance can be crucial as your case progresses.

How Our Utah Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Can Help You

Many people have questions after a major accident involving a pedestrian. This is where our team at ReshLaw Accident & Injury comes in. Some of the ways we can help you include:

  • Expertise and Experience: Our lawyers are well-versed in Utah's pedestrian accident laws. With years of experience, we know how to build a solid case for you.
  • Personalized Attention: Every accident is unique. We provide personalized attention to each client, addressing your specific needs.
  • Negotiation Skills: We're skilled negotiators. We'll work tirelessly to ensure you get the compensation you deserve without the need for lengthy court battles.
  • Legal Guidance: The legal system can be complex. We guide you every step of the way, ensuring you understand your rights and the processes involved.
  • No Fees Until We Win: We work on a contingency basis. This means you will only pay fees if we secure compensation for you.

Our commitment is to you. We understand the physical, financial, and emotional consequences of an accident. Count on our legal team to help you when it matters most after a pedestrian or car accident.

Consult With Our Utah Personal Injury Lawyer at ReshLaw Accident & Injury | Call Us Today!

Injuries can change lives. But with the proper support, you can navigate these challenges and secure a better future.

Every step taken after a pedestrian accident can have significant implications. From medical care to legal actions, making informed decisions is crucial. Our ReshLaw Accident & Injury team is here to guide and support you. We have a long track record of successful case results and want you to be our next one.Contact us today to schedule a free case consultation with our team.

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