Corpus Christi provides an outdoor escape, but it can sometimes be dangerous if you are a pedestrian. Walking can be an ideal way to view the city with many outdoor venues. Contact a Corpus Christi pedestrian accident lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins if you have been involved in a pedestrian accident.
What is a Pedestrian Accident?
A pedestrian accident is any accident that involves a walker being struck by another party. This other party could be a vehicle, a cyclist, a skateboarder, or a loose dog.
A pedestrian accident can happen anywhere, and because a pedestrian is unprotected, these accidents can have serious consequences. Keep in mind that you do not have to be going for a walk to have a pedestrian accident. When someone hits you, you might just be walking from your parked car to the store across the parking lot.
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Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
The usual cause of pedestrian accidents is carelessness or neglect, but other factors can contribute to these types of accidents, such as:
- Distractions, like cellphones
- Impairment, under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Improper use of vehicle, motorcycle, or bike
- Low visibility
- Poor weather
The list is potentially endless, but the common thread is the other party’s negligence.
Steps to Take After a Pedestrian Accident
After being struck by another party, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to react; we suggest the following:
Seek Medical Attention
If you are severely injured, you need to call 911 immediately and request medical and police to respond to the scene. Your safety should be your number one priority. If you feel well enough, you may wish to visit your doctor after exchanging information with the at-fault party.
Collect as much information as you can, such as the name of the other party, their insurance information, and even physical descriptors. This includes talking to witnesses and asking for their contact information.
Document the Scene
Take photos and videos of the scene. If you cannot do this, ask a witness to take them.
Look for Video Surveillance
Check if a traffic or security camera might have recorded the incident. If the camera belongs to a store or a bank, ask them to keep the tape – these places usually record over tapes regularly.
Report the Accident to the Police
Report your accident to the police, even if your accident seems minor. A police accident report will be an essential piece of evidence if you choose to file a future claim or lawsuit.
Write Down Your Side of the Accident
Write down what happened when it is fresh in your mind. Be as detailed as you can, including the weather, the road conditions, etc.
Follow Up on Medical Treatment
Once leaving the accident scene, follow up with your doctor and any needed treatment. If you delay seeking medical care, the defendant’s representatives may take this as a sign that your injuries were not serious or were caused by something other than the accident.
Contact a Lawyer
Contact a Corpus Christi pedestrian accident attorney to aid in your accident investigation and claims process. After an accident, you might have a good case for claiming compensation, and a lawyer can help with the complicated legal process while you rest and recover from your accident.
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Legal Services Our Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Provide
When you hire a pedestrian accident lawyer, they will complete the following tasks:
- Review all aspects of your case
- Talk to witnesses and study photos or videos of the scene
- Decide who is liable. It may be that the other party was negligent, but perhaps there were other contributing factors like a faulty repair of a bike or a negligent dog owner who allowed their pet to escape their backyard.
- Collect and review all available documentation
- Handle all negotiations and correspondence with insurance companies and the liable party
- Prepare and present the best possible case on your behalf
- Ensure that your claim covers all your present and future accident-related expenses
- Communicate regularly and provide updates on the status of your claim or lawsuit
Handling Insurance Companies
The other party’s insurance company is not in business to give away money. The company will try its best to pay you as little as possible. This is not a question of ethics; it is their job.
The insurance company knows that, after an accident, you might be in a delicate position. Perhaps you are off work, but you are facing a lot of bills. Often, the insurance company will offer you a quick settlement. The company is hoping that you will accept and end the matter quickly.
The sum they are offering you will almost certainly be the lowest amount they think you will accept. So let a lawyer negotiate with insurance companies to gain you a better compensation package; if negotiations fail, we can always change a claim to a lawsuit.
Our Law Firm Works on a Contingency-Fee Basis
We handle most of our cases on a contingency-fee basis. This means that you will not pay us anything until we have settled your case. Our fees depend on success; we work hard to ensure that you obtain the best possible award for your injuries.
Get Legal Help from a Pedestrian Accident Attorney Serving Corpus Christi Today
Loncar Lyon Jenkins is an experienced law firm that has been protecting the interests of Texans since 1988. Over the years, we have built a legal team that cares about and for its clients. You can contact us and arrange a free consultation.
During this first informal chat, a Corpus Christi pedestrian accident lawyer can assess your case and advise you on how best to proceed. You will also have the opportunity to ask us any questions that you might have regarding your case. It is a chance to get to know each other, and we are confident that if you decide that you would like us to handle your case, you will not regret your decision.