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Things to know as a pedestrian in a motor vehicle accident

On Behalf of | Jun 20, 2024 | Auto-Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents can be life-changing events. If you find yourself involved in a motor vehicle accident as a pedestrian, understanding the necessary steps to take can help you navigate this difficult situation more effectively. 

Immediate steps after the accident

The moments following a pedestrian accident are critical. When possible, you should take a few crucial steps. Firstly, seek medical attention if needed. Your health should be your priority.

Secondly, call the police and collect information. It’s beneficial to have a police report when filing insurance claims or a lawsuit. You can also gather information from the driver involved, such as their license and insurance information. As an added measure, you can document details of the scene with videos or photographs.

Lastly, avoid making statements. In the event of an accident do not admit fault or make any statements that could be used against you later. 

Understanding your rights

Under Connecticut law, you have the right to file an Insurance claim. If you have personal injury protection (PIP) or uninsured motorist coverage, these can also help cover your expenses. You also have the right to compensation. If the driver was at fault, you have the right to seek compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.

Additionally, you should know about comparative negligence. Connecticut follows a comparative negligence rule, meaning that if you were under 50% at fault, you could still recover damages.

Key legal considerations

Navigating the legal landscape after your accident may be confusing. If you find yourself in this situation, there are a few key concepts you should know.

You have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. Missing this deadline can prevent you from recovering compensation.

Also, when trying to prove fault you must provide proof of negligence. This involves showing that the driver failed the duty of care and caused your injuries as a result.

You may need the help of an attorney to gather evidence and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. Having an experienced personal injury attorney can help you.

Recovery and support

While you are recovering, be sure to document all doctor’s appointments. Doing so will provide evidence to support your claim. Also, document any emotional support groups or therapy sessions you attend.

If your injuries prevent you from working, there is financial assistance available. This might include disability benefits or financial support.

Moving forward with confidence

Being involved in a pedestrian accident is a frightening experience. Learning about your legal rights and the steps you should take to protect your interests and can help you navigate. With the right knowledge, you can build your case with confidence.


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