What Steps Should I Take After a Pedestrian Accident?


Pedestrian accidents are, unfortunately, far from rare. Between rampant distracted driving, speeding, and other types of driver negligence, there’s no shortage of hazards on the road. If you’ve been hurt as a pedestrian due to no fault of your own, you’re most likely seeking compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and more. That said, after a pedestrian accident, it’s important to take certain steps to maximize your chances of satisfying the burden of proof in a personal injury claim. Read on and reach out to our knowledgeable Baltimore County pedestrian accident attorneys to learn more.

What should I do after a pedestrian accident?

When drivers follow safety and traffic laws, pay attention to their surroundings, and stay alert, the road is safer for pedestrians. Everyone prefers a different mode of transportation, but pedestrians have as much right to the road as vehicles. In order to share the road safely certain precautions need to be put into place. In most cases, pedestrian accidents occur as a result of the negligence of the driver and sometimes dangerous road conditions. The most common causes of pedestrian accidents are as follows:

  • Texting and/or cell phone use while driving
  • Failure to look out for and yield to pedestrians at all times
  • Improperly crossing the roadway or intersection
  • Failure to stop at a crosswalk
  • Blocking other vehicle’s sight of pedestrians
  • Failing to yield the right of way.
  • Having poor visibility.
  • Being under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medication
  • Running suddenly into the road in front of traffic
  • Little to no shoulder or sidewalk available
  • Speeding

What should I do after a pedestrian accident?

After a pedestrian accident, you should take several steps to help increase your chances of being compensated for your injuries. They are as follows:

  1. Call the police.
  2. Gather witness contact information.
  3. Take pictures of the scene of the accident.
  4. Keep copies of all medical documentation pertaining to your injuries.
  5. Hire a seasoned attorney who can fight for the justice you deserve.

If you have any further questions or you think you may have a valid pedestrian accident claim, please don’t hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Markey & Orsi today.

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