If you are in an accident with a motor vehicle as a pedestrian, it can be a harrowing experience. You need to know your legal rights and options.
Understanding how to navigate the process can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Report the accident
Report the incident promptly. Reach out to the local law enforcement agency and give them a detailed account of what happened. An official report is a necessary document when pursuing compensation.
Collecting evidence supports your claim.
- Take pictures of the accident scene and the vehicle
- Photograph your injuries
- Obtain contact information from the car’s driver and any witnesses
- Get insurance information from the driver and contact your insurance company
- Keep a record of all medical treatment following the accident
Documenting as many details as possible strengthens your case.
Seek medical attention
You must get medical care, even if you think your injuries are minor. Sometimes, injuries may not manifest immediately, and a healthcare professional can assess and document the extent of your injuries. These medical records will be instrumental in establishing the link between the accident and your injuries.
Keep records of expenses
Save documentation of all costs related to the accident, such as doctor bills, transportation costs for medical appointments and any other out-of-pocket expenses. These records show how the accident impacts your finances.
Understand insurance coverage
Pennsylvania is a no-fault state, meaning you may be eligible for compensation through your insurance. Initiate contact with the insurance companies involved. Provide them with the necessary information to support your claim. Document the details of all communications, including dates, times and names.
In 2020, there were 104,000 emergency department visits of pedestrians needing treatment for crash-related injuries. Following the outlined steps helps you proactively pursue compensation after a pedestrian accident in Pennsylvania.