3 Mistakes that Pedestrian Accident Victims Often Make
, there were 1,236 pedestrians injured in motor vehicle crashes during 2015 - or more than three each day. In many cases, pedestrians injured these accidents are legally entitled to compensation for their losses under . There are, however, things accident victims can do that may jeopardize their ability to recover compensation. Be sure not to make these three common mistakes after a pedestrian accident.
Apologizing after bumping into someone may seem polite, but doing the same thing after a pedestrian accident can have serious and unforeseen consequences. In some cases, saying "I'm sorry" may be interpreted as an admission of fault, which could affect your ability to recover compensation. As a general rule, it is best to say as little as possible after an accident and to discuss the matter only with your lawyer.
Refusing Medical Treatment
In cases where your injuries are relatively minor or you feel OK, it may be tempting to forgo medical treatment after an accident. This is a mistake on several levels. For one thing, a pedestrian accident can easily result in internal injuries that may not be apparent until later and which become more serious the longer they go untreated. Secondly, seeing a medical professional will result in an official diagnosis and treatment plan, which can come in handy when establishing damages later on.
Trying to Handle a Claim Alone
Many accident victims make the mistake of trying to handle their personal injury claim themselves. It is important to understand that insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind and try to settle cases for as little as possible. In addition, they often engage in tactics that are designed to get victims to accidentally admit full or partial liability for the accident in which they were involved. When you retain us to represent you, we will handle every aspect of your case on your behalf and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
Call Abels & Annes, P.C. Today to Speak with a Phoenix Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
A pedestrian accident can leave you hurt, confused, and uncertain about what to do next. Fortunately, there is help available. At Abels & Annes, P.C. we are committed to helping people hurt in accidents caused by the carelessness of motorists recover for their injuries. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Phoenix pedestrian accident lawyers, call us today at 602-819-5191 or contact us online.