Asheville, NC, is regularly considered a tourist destination for its unique and beautiful scenery. Because of this appeal, the Asheville area, especially downtown, is often packed with a large amount of tourists. These tourists often drive and walk as they exploring the various treasures Asheville has to offer. Due to this large amount of tourist traffic, there is a potential for a higher rate of pedestrian car accidents.
As a pedestrian, you deserve the right to feel safe as you go about your activities. This feeling of safety can easily be threatened by drivers who fail to obey traffic laws or are not paying attention to their driving. Generally, drivers of both automobiles and bicycles must yield and give pedestrians the right of way. Although you should always be aware of both the traffic around you and your own responsibilities as a pedestrian, the burden of pedestrian safety generally falls on drivers since they have the greater ability to prevent accidents. Unfortunately, this does not always happen and pedestrian car accidents occur.
If you have been involved in a pedestrian car accident, you stand a much higher chance of significant injury. Due to this danger, it is important to assess whether you have any injuries immediately after the accident. This can be done either by calling an ambulance to go to the hospital or by consulting your own personal doctor after the accident. After seeing any medical professional, it is important to be sure to save all your records and bills in order to create an accurate record of your injuries and any money spent treating those injuries. Without accurate records, any potential claim you may have may be scrutinized or denied due to a lack of a clear paper trail.
After any accident, especially pedestrian car accidents, it is important to obtain the insurance information from the all the other parties. This not only insures that you will be able to contact them in the future, but also gives you their insurance company information in order to process any potential insurance claims.
Additionally, it is important to gather any contact information from witnesses, take pictures from the accident, and obtain any police reports about the accident. This supplemental information helps paint an accurate picture of the accident and provides extra evidence to be used in processing a claim.
Finally, you should seriously consider hiring an experienced personal injury attorney who has handled pedestrian car accident cases to help represent you and make sure you receive adequate care and compensation for your injuries. An attorney will not only be your own personal advocate, but will also be familiar with the often hazy maze like process of dealing with insurance companies.
If you or a loved one was a pedestrian involved in a car accident, don’t hesitate to Contact Us at Minick Law, P.C. to schedule a free consultation about your personal injury claim.
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James Minick is a criminal defense attorney in Asheville, NC and is the owner of Minick Law, P.C.