Pedestrian deaths are second only to occupant deaths in vehicular accidents. While crossing the street is a skill everybody learns, it is not something that can be taken for granted. Every year, thousands of pedestrians are injured. If you are injured, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Be sure you get all the information you can about the accident. Secure any evidence available, find out the names and contact information of witnesses, and get the names and insurance information of the driver involved. Witnesses are especially important to furnish evidence as to whose negligence caused the injuries. In general, pedestrians have the right of way. You will be questioned as to whether you used due care in crossing, used proper crossing locations, etc. You may want to contact an attorney to assist you.
You’ve just been involved in a fairly serious car accident in New Orleans and you’re feeling fine, just a little shaken. So you believe you don’t need to go to the hospital for a check-up. Get ready, things may different tomorrow? After an accident, you will experience an adrenaline rush, which may cause the problem — the endorphins and adrenaline that are a normal and typical physical reaction will actually mask your pain. Some people don’t feel the physical manifestations of pain from the car accident until the next day or even later. For example, you might not experience the physical results of the very common injury known as whiplash, or hyperflexion-hyperextension injuries, right away. But once you do, you may not connect the pain to your accident.
Lake Charles Personal Injury Attorneys
There are five BIG MISTAKES injured people often make:
- Not seeing the doctor when you are in pain
- Failing to tell your doctor about all of your medical problems after an accident
- Not doing what your doctor tells you to do
- Not keeping your doctor appointments
- Discussing your case with someone other than your attorney or your doctor [Read more…]
At some point after an accident, you may be approached by an insurance adjuster who represents the insurance company of the person who caused the accident. No matter how friendly and caring, or aggressive and threatening, this adjuster may appear, he works for the insurance company and his job is to save that company money. He does that by reducing your claim. He may try to convince you that you should accept a lower settlement. He may try to convince you that you were at fault, partially or completely. He may try to convince you that you do not need a lawyer. At no time will he be working in your behalf. His sole job is to protect the insurance company and he will use every technique he knows to do so.
When a motor vehicle accident occurs, it is easy to become confused and forget to acquire necessary information. Even a minor accident can leave people nervous and shaken. It’s a good idea to keep a checklist of phone numbers to call and questions to ask in the same folder as your insurance papers, in your car glove compartment or console. Then when you need them, everything will be in one place.
If anyone is injured, call the police for help and tell them you need medical assistance. If anyone involved seems to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, tell that to the police when you call for help. Always call the police whether there are injuries or not. Many insurance companies will not cover an accident unless there is a police accident report. Once everyone is safe, you can get the other information you will need.
Your insurance company will need: Full names, addresses and phone numbers of everyone involved, including drivers, passengers, pedestrians who might have been involved, and any witnesses.
Try to find out if anyone is injured or says he is injured; or if anyone said “I am fine”.