Now that spring is here, you may be walking, running, and biking more often. Car accidents involving pedestrians are a major issue here in Rhode Island where we practice personal injury law. Here are 3 Steps to follow if you get hit in a Rhode Island car accident and are injured as a pedestrian:
Step 1: Assess your injuries, move to a safe place, and call 911.
Assess your injuries to determine if you are able to move safely. If you can walk or crawl, move to a safe location. If you have sustained a serious injury and as a result cannot move, wait for emergency medical assistance. Once you are in a safe place, call 911 to report the accident to police and get medical professionals on the scene.
Step 2: Do your best to make sure that the driver stays at the scene and collect their insurance information.
Getting injured as a pedestrian is a serious matter. The most common pedestrian injuries include traumatic brain injuries, neck, back, and spinal injuries (such as whiplash and slipped and herniated discs), fractured or broken bones, crushing injuries (internal bleeding), and dermal injuries. Some of these injuries, like whiplash, do not manifest right away. You may feel the full extent of your pain a few hours, days, or even weeks – so don’t just waive off the driver, have the driver wait until police arrive.
Oftentimes pedestrian accident victims feel flustered, embarrassed, adrenaline-driven, or shocked. As a result, victims wave off assailants by saying they are “OK” or “fine,” or even apologizing for the accident. Refrain from doing this. Instead, keep conversation to a minimum and exchange car insurance information while awaiting police arrival.
Step 3: Call or text Bottaro Injury Lawyers for a free case review 24/7.
If you suffer injuries, you simply need an experienced personal injury law firm. Here at Bottaro Injury Lawyers, we are passionate about helping victims and know exactly what to do – and what not to do. We will make the process easy for you with a free case review and our exclusive No Fee Guarantee. You need a team that handles the medical bills, phone calls, and medical and legal headaches, so you can focus on getting better. We know what to look at, what to say, and what not to say.
For example, were you wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle? Were you crossing in a crosswalk? You can bet the other side is going to try to blame you. But we know all their tricks, including that Rhode Island is a “pure comparative fault” state, meaning, even if you as a pedestrian were more than 50% at fault, you can still recover a portion of damages the driver caused. Be careful not to make a statement to trickster insurance adjustors. Instead, if you are injured as a pedestrian, our attorneys will guide you through the process.
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At Bottaro Injury Lawyers, we handle all types of personal injury cases, including pedestrian accidents, every day. We pride ourselves on our honesty, integrity, and results. Our experienced legal team is here to fight for your rights. Contact us 24/7 in any method you prefer for a fast, free, and confidential consultation about your case. Text or call us at 401-251-0515 or fill out our free and confidential online form.