A pedestrian accident is one of the scariest incidents you can go through. Unfortunately, in recent years the danger for pedestrians has increased. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, pedestrian fatality rates increased in 2020 and 2021.
If you suffer a pedestrian accident, there are some mistakes you want to avoid. See below for three errors to steer clear of after a pedestrian motor vehicle accident.
1. Delaying medical treatment
Immediately after a traumatic event, you might not feel any injury or pain. However, it is a mistake to avoid medical treatment. For one, you might further injure yourself by not getting proper care. Also, insurance companies might point out that you did not seek medical treatment and argue the accident did not cause your health problems. Go to your doctor and follow their instructions for your physical and financial security.
2. Settling for less or nothing at all
Insurance companies do not want to pay for your medical bills or car repairs. Do not make any statement that admits guilt. Do not agree to any settlement when your insurance company calls you. If the driver’s insurance calls, do not speak with them. They might manipulate your words to get out of paying you.
3. Handling the case on your own
Pedestrian accidents are highly volatile cases that require an attorney to deal with. Insurance companies or the driver’s attorney might take advantage of you if you do not consult a lawyer. Even though the driver’s fault seems obvious, trying to handle the situation yourself is a mistake.
No one wants to experience a pedestrian accident. Do not make your situation worse. Avoid the mistakes described above to increase your chances of a fair settlement.