If you have been injured as a pedestrian in Phoenix, and someone else was at fault, then you should take action right away. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we welcome your call to 602-340-0030 if you are ready for a free consultation. You can also read on to learn the basics of what steps it is wise to take now. The key is to act quickly – there is a time limit.
- Get Medical Care Right Away
- Write Down Everything You Can About the Accident
- Write Down the Details of Any Conversations You Have
- Get a Copy of the Police Report
- Call an Attorney
First and foremost, you must get medical care. This is important both for your health and to support a lawsuit that you might have to file. The sooner after the accident you get healthcare, the less likely you will be to have complications – and the stronger your personal injury case is likely to be.
It is very important that you have your own record of the accident. Write down the time of day it occurred, what the traffic levels were, whether it was day or night, and the specifics of what happened. Did a vehicle not yield while you were on a crosswalk, or did they fail to look for pedestrians when turning right on red?
In addition to writing down everything you remember about the accident, you also should write down everything you remember about the injuries and the pain they caused. We recommend keeping an injury journal that you update with details about the pain you experience down the road.
If you talked to witnesses to the accident, you should get their names, addresses, and contact information. You should also write down what they said at the scene of the accident. If you talk to an insurance representative, the police, or anyone else, you should write down what you said so that you can be sure you are consistently honest.
While the police do not come for every accident, they should for a pedestrian accident. If they did not, then you might need to file a police report after the fact. Remember that any time you are involved in a vehicular accident that involves an injury or more than $950 in property damage, you must contact the police.
Study after study shows that those who choose to work with an attorney recover significantly more in a personal injury case than those who choose to go it alone. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we can get you started with a free legal consultation. Just call us now at 602-340-0030 to begin the process.