Just walking down the street can be dangerous – and no one knows this better than someone who has been the victim of a pedestrian accident. While many cities and states are taking steps to reduce the number of these accidents, the results have not been impressive thus far. If you have been involved in this type of accident, please contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 for a free legal consultation. Otherwise, read on to learn the five things you should know about pedestrian accidents.
- Not All Pedestrian Accidents Involve Cars or Other Vehicles While most people think of pedestrian accidents always occurring when a car or other vehicles strikes a pedestrian, but there are other ways these accidents can happen. For example, a bike that is moving too fast around a corner can be involved in a bike accident with a pedestrian. A person on a non-motorized scooter can hit a pedestrian. These all have the potential to cause serious injury.
- Some Cars Cause More Serious Pedestrian Accidents Than Others When it comes to being stuck by a car, not all are as dangerous as others. In fact, one of the reasons that consumer safety groups believe the number of pedestrian deaths is on the rise is the fact that the deadliest vehicles of all – SUVs – are more common on roads than ever before. In short, the larger the vehicle is, the more likely it is to cause serious injuries or death.
- Intersections Are Not the Only Place Pedestrian Accidents Occur Yes, pedestrian accidents are more common at intersections, but this does not mean that intersections are the only place they happen. A pedestrian could be injured while walking down the sidewalk, in a parking lot, or even in a city park. Whenever you are out with vehicles, you should be aware of where those vehicles are and what they are doing.
- Any Pedestrian Accident Involving a Vehicle Should Be Reported If you or a loved one is injured in a pedestrian accident that involves a motor vehicle, then you should contact 9-1-1 right away to report the injury to the authorities. If it is safe to do so, stay at the scene to file the report with the police. If you need immediate medical attention and must leave the police station, document everything so that you can file the police report at a later date.
- It is Never Too Early to Contact a Pedestrian Accident Attorney We find that some people are not sure when to call an attorney. The truth is that the sooner you call us, the sooner we can get working on your case. The more time we have, the better prepared we can be. When you call us sooner rather than later, we may be able to save evidence that would otherwise have been lost. Call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 to request a free legal consultation.