Factors to Consider After a Pedestrian Accident
If you’ve been the victim of a pedestrian accident, you may assume that you’re entitled to full compensation for your injuries and other losses. However, few legal claims are as straightforward as they seem. Below are some factors to consider if you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident in Honolulu.
Please keep in mind the answers to the following questions are very general. If you were hit while walking on Oahu, contact pedestrian accident attorney Glenn Honda at Recovery Law Center for a free consultation.
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What Should I Do After a Pedestrian Accident?
After you’ve been hit by a vehicle, there are several things you can do to protect a future injury claim. These include:
- Call 911: If you’ve been injured, you need medical treatment promptly. Medical records are a critical part of any personal injury case. If you can’t prove that the accident caused your injury, you may not be awarded the compensation you deserve.
- Get a police report: In Hawaii, police must report to the scene of an accident if it results in the injury or death of another person or less than $3,000 in vehicle damage.
- Gather contact information: Get the name and insurance information for the driver that hit you. If possible, collect the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses.
- Document the scene: If possible, photograph the accident scene. Include photos of your injuries, the damage to the vehicle, any skid marks, traffic lights, or other important signage. Drivers are not the only cause of Honolulu pedestrian accidents, and the pictures may tell a different story.
- Call a Honolulu pedestrian accident lawyer: An attorney can ensure that all of the evidence is preserved and determine who should be held liable in your case.
What Factors Could Affect My Claim?
Several factors can affect the success of your claim for compensation, such as:
- Whether the driver was cited for a traffic violation or arrested for a criminal offense in connection with the accident
- Who had the right of way
- Whether you yielded to traffic if crossing outside of a marked crosswalk or intersection
- The severity of your damages, including the cost of medical treatment and time off work
- Whether your injuries resulted in a permanent disability
What If I Am Partially at Fault?
If you bear partial responsibility for your pedestrian accident, you may still be entitled to recover compensation in Hawaii. How much you will be able to recover will depend on how much fault that you are assigned by the insurance company or court. Get an experienced attorney by your side so that you are not unfairly blamed.
How Can Recovery Law Center Help Me?
Pedestrian accidents frequently result in severe injuries. Victims deserve maximum compensation if a driver or other party (e.g., government entity) is responsible for the collision. The dedicated legal team at Recovery Law Center has the legal muscle to handle all parts of your pedestrian injury claim. You can count on us to:
- Investigate your accident thoroughly
- Identify all liable parties
- Negotiate with the insurance companies so you don’t have to
- Prepare your case for trial (if necessary)
The sooner we get started on your claim, the sooner we can start fighting for compensation for you. Contact Recovery Law Center for your free consultation.