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What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident

Indianapolis Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Millions of people opt to walk to work in busy cities, but despite the environmental and exercise benefits, pedestrians take on many serious, inherent risks.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,376 pedestrians died in the United States in 2015, up from 4,884 in 2014. NHTSA statistics indicate that “pedestrians were one of the few groups of road users who experienced an increase in fatalities in 2015,” while other groups enjoyed a decrease that year. The numbers mean that a pedestrian suffered injuries about every seven minutes, while someone fied while walking every two hours that year.

All of these statistics should give you pause, as pedestrian accidents—especially serious or fatal ones—are more prevalent than you may believe. While walking to your car or along your street may seem harmless, a risk of serious injury exists if a dangerous driver passes by. Because of the severe injuries that can result from pedestrian accidents, all accident victims must fully understand their rights.

Steps to Take Following a Pedestrian Accident

Some people who are involved in a pedestrian accident may not think clearly about what to do afterward because of the trauma they have experienced. To protect their rights, however, pedestrians need to learn the steps to follow immediately after an accident. Some steps to take following a crash include:

  • Call 911 to request an ambulance and police assistance, especially if any bodily injuries resulted. Seek immediate medical attention if there is an injury.
  • Make sure to collect driver information, such as names, phone numbers, and auto insurance information from everyone involved in the crash. To make a potential claim against any driver’s insurance, you will need this information.
  • Take pictures at the scene of the accident. Pictures will help to preserve evidence for possible litigation.
  • Gather contact information for any witnesses to the accident in case you need to talk to them at a later date.

Of course, ignore all of the above if you require emergency medical care. In that case, take an ambulance as advised by EMTs, or otherwise seek help right away. Your physical health takes precedence in this situation, and you should always ensure that medical professionals properly diagnose and treat your injuries as soon as possible.

Call an Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case

Pedestrian accidents have taken many lives in the United States in recent years. Many pedestrians practicing safe walking behaviors are still injured by negligent drivers. According to Indiana state law, the statute of limitations, which is the time period to file a civil lawsuit, is two years from the date the injury occurs. If you ever find yourself in that unfortunate situation and have incurred personal injury damages, you need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney right away. To schedule a free case evaluation with an Indianapolis personal injury attorney, call the Law Office of William W. Hurst at (317) 636-0808 or contact us online.

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If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

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Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Case Worth

As a victim, establishing damages, negotiating with the insurance company, or filing a lawsuit can be daunting and next to impossible without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled under Indiana law.

Why Hire?

Choosing an attorney that has experience dealing with personal injury law is important to protect your legal rights. If you are trying to recover damages from a business or other type of organization, you can bet that they are going to have a legal team on their side.

Medical Bills

If you were injured by an accident you may be struggling to determine who is responsible for paying your medical bills and holding them accountable. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help.

Recovery

After you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation. The type and amount of compensation depends on the injury, bills, the cause of the injury, negligence/bad faith of the defendant, etc. The attorney you retain can also heavy influence your recovery through knowledge, experience, and dedication. Legal terms and phrases can be confusing even after you retain an attorney. If you have been injured, you may wonder how much your case is worth or what your “damages” are. The worse the injuries, the higher the value of the case and the greater need for an experienced attorney