Detailed and proper documentation of an accident and the factors involved is key to any type or personal injury claim. Pedestrian accidents are no exception. It is crucial for your claim to gather as much information regarding the accident as possible if you are medically well enough to do so.
Try to take pictures of the scene of the accident. You should look to get pictures of any property damage, the license plate number of any vehicle involved, and photo documentation of any visible injuries sustained.
Be sure to grab the names, contact information, and insurance information for all persons involved in the accident as well. You should also try and get the names and contact information for any police officers, fire fighters, or emergency responders that are called to the scene. First responder testimony could be very important if your case goes to trial.
File A Police Report
Not every accident calls for a police report. However, some states do require a police report to be filed after an accident where someone was seriously injured or killed.
You should consider filing a report if you have been seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle. A police report on the record can help strengthen the validity of your case. Police reports can be filed at the scene if an officer arrives in person or you can file a police report with the local authorities later. It is important to get a copy of the report for your own records once it has been filed.
Get Medical Attention ASAP!
Pedestrian accidents often end badly for the pedestrian. They are known to lead to serious bodily harm due to the fact that pedestrians have no protection around them during an accident. This is why it is vitally important to seek medical attention immediately after an accident, even if you do not feel injured.
Some injuries, such as broken bones or head injuries, are very apparent and leave no doubt as to whether or not you need medical attention. However, some injuries may not be so noticeable at first but can still lead to major issues.
Visiting a doctor after your accident can help you determine the extent of your injuries and if you had any injuries you were not aware of. Your doctor can get your treatment started right away and let you know what to expect going forward. The documentation of your injuries and the amount of treatment you will need will be very important in filing a pedestrian accident claim.
Be Aware Of Florida’s Statute Of Limitations
Understanding your state’s statute of limitations regarding personal injury claims is important if you need to file a claim. In Florida, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is four years from the date of the accident. An attorney can help you file a claim outside of these limitations in special situations but it is not a wise decision to wait. Victims have a better chance of winning a pedestrian accident claim when the claim is filed closer to the date of the accident.