Were you injured in an accident? Read our answers to these commonly asked pedestrian accident questions, then give our Texas attorneys a call.
What should I do if I was hit by a car while walking?
Here in Texas, pedestrian automobile accidents happen a lot, but they’re different. If you were a pedestrian crossing the street and someone runs into you, not only are you facing injuries, but you’re facing a whole different kind of case. Were you in the crosswalk legally? Did they encroach the crosswalk? Did they not pay attention when they turned? Did they turn when it was unsafe? There are a lot of issues in a pedestrian automobile case. If you’ve been in an accident walking and hit by a car, you need an experienced attorney who knows pedestrian automobile accident law.
What Can I Do If I Was Hit By a Car as a Pedestrian?
A pedestrian accident is going to be different than a car accident case because one, the injuries can be much more severe. Two, the law really needs to be examined. Were you walking properly? Did they cross the white line when they shouldn’t have?
All of these come into play, and it’s different than your average car wreck. You need an experienced attorney that understands that pedestrians have rights, too. Just because somebody runs into you, they don’t get to point the finger and ask, “Why were you walking there? Why weren’t you paying attention?” When the question should be, “Why weren’t they paying attention to you?”
Should I talk to the insurance company after a pedestrian accident?
If you’re a pedestrian minding your own business, walking through the crosswalk, and somebody runs over you, one of the early things you’re going to face after you get out of the hospital is an insurance adjuster trying to get you to take a quick check. They’re going to want to take a statement from you.
They’re going to want to record you. They want to ask you questions that they are trained to ask you so that it makes it sound like you were at fault, not the person that was driving the car. Why do they do that? They don’t want to be held accountable for what happened to you. Should you talk to the insurance company? No, don’t talk to the insurance company. They are not on your side.
Should I accept a settlement right after my pedestrian accident?
You’re crossing the street, somebody’s not paying attention, they slam into you, and then an insurance company makes you an offer. You’ve got bills piling up. It sounds good. You maybe think, let me take this money and pay that ambulance and hospital bill. That first offer is not just a first offer; it’s a last offer if you take it. They want you to take it.
They want you to sign that piece of paper that says, I accept this, and I’ll never bother you again. Then when you find out six weeks later that the physical therapy is not working, and you need surgery, there’s nothing I can do to help you. Do not listen to the insurance company when they tell you, “Let’s just pay your bills right now; we’ll take care of you.” They’re not on your side.
Were you or a loved one injured in an accident and have questions? After reading our answers to these commonly asked pedestrian accident questions, contact a San Antonio pedestrian accident lawyer at Rush & Gransee today for a free consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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