What to Do if Your Child is Injured in a Pedestrian Accident this Thanksgiving

Date: November 14, 2016

With the holidays just around the corner and many families out shopping together, the odds increase of your child being involved in a serious pedestrian accident. Fortunately, there are certain steps that you can take to make sure that your child’s legal rights are protected if he or she is hurt in a wreck, some of the most important of which are listed below.

Call 911

The first thing you should do if you child is involved in an accident is call 911 so that police and emergency medical personnel are summoned to the scene. Doing so will ensure that your child receives medical treatment and that the driver is cited if he or she has broken any safety laws. If a traffic violation caused the crash, it may automatically entitle your child to compensation.

Document Information about the Crash

If you are able to do so, you should document as much information about the crash as possible. Examples of the facts of which you should make note include the driver’s name, the license plate numbers of the vehicles involved, any commercial markings you see on the vehicle, and contact information from anyone who happened to see the crash.

Have Your Child Examined by a Physician

If you child does not need emergency medical treatment or hospitalization, you may mistakenly assume that he or she does not need to be seen by a physician. In reality, serious injuries can often go unnoticed, and waiting to have them diagnosed can affect your ability to recover compensation. For this reason, it is important that all accident victims undergo a thorough medical evaluation as soon as they can after involvement in an incident.

Contact an Attorney

Obtaining compensation after a pedestrian accident can be a complicated and different process. For this reason, it is critical for anyone who has been involved in one to speak to an attorney familiar with representing accident victims. An attorney will evaluate your case and, if you have a claim, negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf with the insurance company or file a lawsuit1 on your behalf.

Contact a Phoenix Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today to Discuss Your Options

A pedestrian accident can have a devastating impact on your or your child’s life. For this reason, it is critically important to protect yourself by retaining an experienced attorney. For a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today at 602-819-5191 or send us an email through our online contact form.

1https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/lawsuit

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