When you are an avid pedestrian, you probably don’t give much thought to cars and accidents. Most pedestrians feel relatively safe, especially if they are using marked crosswalks and walking with the traffic light. However, pedestrians are struck by cars more often than you might think. Almost 2,500 pedestrians were struck by cars in Washington in 2016, and around 80 of them were fatal accidents.
If you are a pedestrian struck by a car, you have certain rights and responsibilities. The driver also has responsibilities to you because they caused the accident. There are a few things to remember about your responsibilities and how they can affect your case.
In the state of Washington, a pedestrian does not always have the right of way. If you are not crossing with a crosswalk, crossing against the light, or jaywalking, you must yield the right of way to moving vehicles. This means that there are some situations in which you may not be eligible for compensation. In order to protect your right to compensation, it is important that you do not discuss the accident with anyone at the scene except police officers. You should cooperate with law enforcement, but don’t add any details or commentary beyond what is necessary.
If you are struck by a car, you need to first seek emergency medical attention. Even if the car wasn’t going very fast when it hit you, you could have serious internal injuries depending on how the car hit your body. Get medical treatment before taking any other actions if possible.
While at the scene you will need to get information from the driver, including:
- Name and contact information
- Insurance information
- Vehicle information
- Witness contact information
If you are able, take pictures of the surrounding area as additional evidence.
After you leave the scene of the accident and you have received medical attention, your next call should be to an attorney to protect your rights. If you need a free consultation, contact us today.