If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to sue and claim for damages. In most cases, you will have to prove that the motorist who hit you was at fault. You must prove the motorist’s negligence. However, there are also situations wherein you can sue the city or the government entity that has the responsibility to maintain the road.
In California, you have two (2) years from the date of the accident to file an injury claim. If you are going to sue a government entity, then you have six (6) months from the date of the incident. But don’t wait until the last minute. The earlier you file a claim, the better chance that you’ll get compensated for the injuries you suffered.
Right after an accident, call for medical help and police assistance. If you can, take photographs of the accident area and try to look for possible witnesses. If there are witnesses, ask for their contact information. It is also a must to exchange information with the motorist that hit you. Get the full name, contact details, and insurance information of the driver.
Getting immediate medical attention is a must. It is important not only to treat your injuries but also for your claim. If you see a doctor late, the insurance company may use it against you. They may argue that you were not that injured because you got checked late. So it is best to get your injuries treated and documented immediately.
Before negotiating with an insurance company, it would be better if you consult with a pedestrian accident lawyer first. A lawyer will guide you on how to go through the process of your claim. And having a lawyer makes sure that you get a fair compensation for your injuries.