You didn't expect to get hit by a car when you were walking in a crosswalk. Unfortunately, those types of accidents happen more often than you think. In fact, according to statistics, about 70,000 pedestrians were injured by motor vehicles in 2010.
If you've been injured, you're going to need treatment. You're also going to need monetary compensation for your losses and coverage for any permanent disabilities that might result from your injuries. To ensure you receive the full compensation you deserve, you should avoid the following mistakes.
Don't Talk About the Accident without Your Attorney
Now that you're injured, you need to protect your rights to adequate compensation. You should avoid discussing your accident with anyone other than law enforcement officials and your own attorney.
The other party's insurance company and attorney may try to contact you. However, it's important that you tell them to contact your attorney. This will help protect you from saying something that could possibly harm your case.
It's also important that you not admit any type of responsibility, such as saying that you shouldn't have stepped into the crosswalk without looking. Making comments like that can undermine your ability to receive a fair settlement.
Don't Rush Into a Settlement
The insurance company knows that you're going to need money, and they're going to try to use that against you. They may try to offer you a settlement before your actual damages have been determined. Injuries can take several months or even years to completely heal.
Before you accept a settlement offer, be sure you've fully recovered from your injuries. This is especially important if you have injuries that may leave you with a permanent disability that will require long-term medical care or durable medical equipment. Your settlement should include compensation for your long-term needs.
Don't Stop Medical Treatment
If you're receiving medical treatment, it's important that you complete the treatment. For instance, if your doctor prescribes physical therapy, be sure to attend all of your appointments. Even if you start feeling better, you shouldn't cut your treatment short.
Failing to complete your treatment can prevent you from receiving the settlement you're entitled to, especially if the insurance company uses that information to determine your injuries weren't as significant as you claimed they were.
If you've been involved in a pedestrian accident, you need to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Don't try to negotiate with the insurance company on your own. The tips provided above will help ensure that you receive the settlement you're entitled to. Contact a legal office like Dreyer & Dreyer Attorneys At Law for more information.