What to Do After an Accident as a Pedestrian
After any accident, the first thing you should always do is call the police. The police will document the accident to preserve evidence, as well as call any emergency medical treatment such as an ambulance. After contacting the police, it is vital to seek medical treatment to treat any injuries. Finally, contact a personal injury lawyer who will protect your rights after an accident. Contact the attorneys at Hastings and Hastings in Phoenix as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation with one of our licensed Arizona accident attorneys.
Arizona Law is On The Side of Pedestrians
If you have been injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, adrenaline and emotions are both running high and it is normal for victims to often blame themselves. However, under Arizona law, pedestrians usually have the right of way, and it is the responsibility of the driver to be aware of their surroundings and watch the road.
If a pedestrian is texting, pushing a stroller, does not see the car, or is wearing headphones, it is still the job of the driver to watch out for them. Risk of injury as a pedestrian or while riding a bicycle is inherently high because cars are large and dangerous vehicles. The risk to pedestrians is much greater and so it is the responsibility of the driver to be careful. After any accident, it is crucial that you call the police to document the accident and to make sure information is properly exchanged. It is also very important to take as many photos as you can of the accident with your smartphone. This will ensure that evidence is preserved.
Insurance companies understand that drivers are responsible to watch for pedestrians. They also understand that they are legally obligated to pay for the expenses caused by an at-fault, negligent driver. At the end of the day, insurance companies are concerned about their bottom line, and they will fight to pay you as little as possible for your injuries. Don’t become a victim a second time by fighting them yourself.
This is why you need to hire an experienced Phoenix pedestrian lawyer. While you are recovering from the accident, you need a team on your side who will look out for your best interests and ensure your rights are properly protected.
The lawyer is also able to leverage your compensation claim during negotiations, and this helps both parties attain a settlement they are all happy with. Since the primary goal of insurance companies in such cases is to minimize the amount of money you receive, hiring an experienced and trusted injury lawyer helps level the playing field.
Our lawyers will negotiate your settlement, and even take your case to trial if necessary. Should your case go to trial, our experienced litigators will navigate the trial process, and fight for you to get you all of the compensation you deserve. Don’t fight the insurance companies alone, call Hastings and Hastings today.
When do you require a personal injury lawyer?
When pedestrian and cyclist accidents occur, some people opt to pursue personal injury claim themselves. Under Arizona law, you do not have to have a lawyer to help you handle this type of legal issue. You can fill all the paperwork and legally represent yourself in the courtroom. But, the chances of winning the case and acquiring compensation are significantly higher once you acquire the services of a knowledgeable Arizona personal injury lawyer.
Depending on the conditions surrounding your injury, a personal injury lawyer can provide breadth and depth evidence through expert witnesses and the available documents and evidence. Since the law requires you to follow complex procedures and rules of evidence while presenting your lawsuit, hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer will reduce your stress and improve your chances of receiving compensation for your injuries.
The lawyer is also able to leverage your compensation claim during negotiations, and this helps both parties attain a settlement everyone is happy with. Since the primary goal of insurance companies is to minimize the amount of money you receive, your pedestrian accident injury lawyer levels the playing field.
Our experienced accident lawyers know the best way to negotiate your settlement, and should it be necessary, we have the resources and knowledge to take your case to trial, navigate the trial process, and fight for you to get all of the compensation you deserve.
What are the benefits of hiring Hastings and Hastings to handle your pedestrian injury claim?
Hastings and Hastings has been representing accident victims since 1979. It’s all we do. We have the experience and reputation that the insurance companies have grown to fear, which we use for the benefit of our clients. We can reasonably assess the value of your claim to fight to get you every dollar that you deserve. Once you hire Hastings and Hastings, we will handle every part of your injury claim, all at a discount fee. This means that all you have to do is focus on getting better, and when your case settles our discount fee gives you more money in your pocket.
We understand the entire legal process required for you to get the justice and compensation you deserve. Once you hire Hastings and Hastings we will take care of everything from paperwork to negotiating your compensation claim.
Sometimes, negotiations may not go as planned, and the only way to get the compensation is to go to trial. Trials do not intimate us. Should your case have to be litigated because it did not settle “out of court,” we have experienced litigators who will fight for you.
At Hastings and Hastings, our top priority is to ensure we represent you to get you all the compensation you deserve, all at a discount fee. Our skilled accident lawyers will handle every crucial step of your injury claim, and this gives you time to focus on recovering and healing. You can be sure that we will not only ensure your rights are protected, but we will also walk with you through the entire process. We are here to help make your compensation claim accessible and attainable, and we would love to get justice for you.
Phoenix Residents Are At High Risk For a Pedestrian Accident
Pedestrian and bicycle accidents can result in serious injuries. A report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association has concluded that Arizonans are particularly at risk. As of 2018, Arizona ranks fifth highest in the country for pedestrian traffic deaths. Many years, Arizona has had the highest rate of pedestrian deaths in the United States, with many of those accidents happen in Phoenix and Maricopa County.
While the state is working to decide how to improve these conditions, it is the job of an experienced personal injury attorneys to take care of victims after a pedestrian accident. While you work to heal your injuries and recover from the accident, Hastings and Hastings will fight to ensure you get every dollar you deserve due to someone else’s negligence.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help Pedestrians
Immediately after any pedestrian or bicycle accident, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Hiring an attorney in the earliest stages of your case allows us to collect important evidence and documentation that is not as readily available later on, which results in more compensation for the injured victim.
The driver’s insurance company will react as soon as they are aware of the accident. They are experienced in these situations. They know what paperwork to look out for, the people to contact, and how the system works. Don’t fight the insurance company alone.
Instead, hire an experienced Phoenix personal injury attorney who will fight for your best interests to maximize your recovery. While you are recovering from your injuries, you shouldn’t have to worry about what documents will be most helpful for your claim. With over 90 years of combined experience, our lawyers at Hastings and Hastings have seen these situations before and know what needs to be done to get you every dollar you deserve.