Common Mistakes Pedestrian Accident Victims Make
When pedestrians are struck by motor vehicles such as cars and trucks, the injuries they sustain can be extremely serious. Fortunately for victims, in many cases, Arizona law1 entitles them to recover compensation for the losses they sustain, including their medical expenses, loss of income, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.
In order to recover, however, victims need to take certain steps to ensure their rights are protected. There are many ways that victims can jeopardize their right to recover compensation. Three of the most common mistakes pedestrian accident victims make are detailed below.
Discussing the Accident on Social Media
Posting about being involved in a pedestrian accident may seem like second nature to many people these days, but it is possible that doing so will hurt your chances of recovering compensation for your injuries. Social media posts can be used as evidence, and anything that you post that indicates you could have caused the accident in which you were involved or that calls the severity of your injuries into question could affect the outcome of your case.
Not Seeking Medical Attention
If your pedestrian accident was relatively minor and did not result in particularly serious injuries, you may consider skipping going to the doctor and just treating your injuries yourself. You should always see a doctor after a car accident, though, even if you think your injuries are just superficial. A physician will fully evaluate your injuries and determine whether there is something more serious going on. For example, what may seem like a simple bruise may actually be a broken bone,2 and failure to get it diagnosed can make it harder to establish damages later.
Not Retaining an Attorney
Perhaps the biggest mistake you can make as the victim of a pedestrian accident is not retaining an attorney to represent you. While dealing with the insurance company on your own and accepting its first settlement offer may seem like the easiest course of action, you run the risk of accepting far less than what your case is actually worth. In addition, insurance company adjusters may even engage in tactics designed to get you to admit full or partial liability for your accident. When you retain an attorney, he or she will handle the entire claims process on your behalf, ensuring that your losses are fully compensated.
Contact Abels & Annes, P.C. Today to Speak with a Phoenix Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
If you have been hurt in a pedestrian accident in or around the Phoenix area, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you can. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today at 602-819-5191 or contact us online.