Pedestrian accidents seattle

What Should You Do If You’re in a Pedestrian Accident?

When a pedestrian collides with a motor vehicle, the pedestrian loses. 

  • Roughly 5,500-6,000 pedestrians are killed in traffic accidents every year 
  • Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash
  • Almost half of crashes that result in a pedestrian death are alcohol-related

Pedestrian accidents are often harsh reminders of the vulnerability we face on the streets. You may be lucky enough to walk away with just a few bruises, but some victims of pedestrian accidents experience life-altering impairments or fatal injuries. 

Drivers have a responsibility to be aware of their surroundings. If the accident is due to another party’s recklessness or carelessness, you deserve to get the maximum compensation. 

Here’s what you should do after being in a pedestrian accident, common injuries you should look out for, and how an attorney can help. 

What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident

Getting hit by a motor vehicle or witnessing a loved one in a traffic accident is a very traumatic experience. Along with physical injuries, you’re probably going to feel emotional and psychological distress. It’ll be hard to think straight, but what you do next is crucial. 

1. Seek Medical Attention

The shock and adrenaline from the accident mask injuries. Even seemingly minor collisions can result in lingering or serious injuries. If you feel dazed or experience a loss of consciousness, you could be dealing with a concussion or closed head injury. A timely medical evaluation is imperative to address potential cognitive or behavioral damages. 

2. Document the Scene

If it’s safe to do so, take photos of the damage and gather contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident. Detailed notes about the incident, including time, location, and any hazardous conditions, can be valuable documentation.

3. Call the Police

Accidents can blur memory, so you may not be able to recall every detail of the incident accurately. To the best of your ability, tell the officer who arrives at the scene exactly what happened. Avoid speculation and stick to the facts. Don’t get frustrated or lose your temper if the officer asks clarifying questions. They are just trying to understand what happened. 

If the officer asks if you are injured, say that you are not sure. The shock and adrenaline from the accident may not have worn off yet, and you may feel injuries after. 

4. Exchange Relevant Information

Get contact information from other persons involved in the accident, including:

  • Names
  • Phone numbers 
  • Insurance companies 
  • License plate
  • Make and model of the vehicle(s)

5. Contact Your Insurance Company

Even as a pedestrian, most car insurance policies will cover you. Promptly file a medical or disability claim after your accident to help ensure your insurance provider will adequately handle your case. 

6. Contact Your Attorney

Do not leave your well-being solely in the hands of your insurance company. While they may offer you a settlement, they often undervalue damages. Once they settle your claim, it’s challenging to revisit for additional compensation, even if your injuries worsen over time. A pedestrian attorney can help you get the financial compensation you deserve. 

Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries 

Even if you are lucky enough to survive a collision with a motor vehicle, there’s no shortage of potential injuries you may experience. The most common injuries include:

  • Broken bones and orthopedic injuries
  • Crushed or amputated limbs
  • Internal bleeding
  • Several internal and soft tissue damage
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Extreme lacerations and disfigurement

If you’re experiencing any of these, contact a medical professional and your attorney immediately. 

How a Seattle Pedestrian Accident Attorney Can Help

Pedestrian accidents can result in serious, often life-changing consequences. From physical injuries to emotional turmoil, the aftermath can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, it’s very common for victims to find themselves grappling with medical bills, lost income, post-traumatic stress, and permanent disabilities resulting from the accident. 

As passionate advocates with your best interests in mind, we’re committed to tirelessly fighting for your rights and securing the maximum compensation you deserve. Your well-being is our top priority, and we’ll be by your side throughout the journey, offering guidance and support every step of the way.