What to Do If You're Hit By a Car
A Laredo pedestrian accident attorney explains
Pedestrian accidents involving cars or other vehicles can be a traumatic, painful experience. If you or a loved one was hit by a car while crossing the street or walking alongside a road, you know just how confusing and chaotic pedestrian accidents can be in Texas.
That's why we want to help. The Law Office of John R. Solis in Laredo has years of experience handling some of the most complicated pedestrian accident claims in Texas. We know what questions to ask and what information to look for. That's why we have such a strong track record of success.
If you're not sure what to do after your pedestrian accident, here's some helpful advice from an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer you can trust.
Steps you should take to protect your rights
If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident caused by a driver, we strongly recommend taking the following steps:
- Call the police - If you have not already done so, call the police immediately and tell them you have been in a pedestrian accident. An official police accident report can make a dramatic difference in the outcome of your case.
- Seek immediate medical treatment - If you have not already done so, have a doctor or another medical professional examine you and evaluate your injuries. If you have been to a doctor, schedule a follow-up appointment to make sure you don't have any life-threatening internal injuries.
- Talk to witnesses - If someone saw your pedestrian accident, that person's eyewitness testimony could be a critical piece of evidence supporting your pedestrian accident claim. If you cannot do so yourself, ask someone you trust to get the witness' full name, address and phone number so police can talk to them later.
- Take pictures - If you can safely do so, take photographs of the accident scene. If your accident happened several days or weeks ago, it's still important to take pictures of the accident scene. The more evidence you have, the stronger your case.
- Get a copy of the police report - Your official police accident report can be a very important piece of evidence. Police are required to provide you with a copy of your accident report. Ask for a copy of your report as soon as possible.
- Review the police report - The information contained in your police accident report will be carefully reviewed by insurance companies to decide how much to compensate you for your accident or whether to deny your claim altogether. Carefully review the facts in your report and make sure they're right. We can help you with this step.
- Call your insurance company - Tell your insurance company you have been in a pedestrian accident. However, keep your comments to a minimum. Anything you say could be used by insurance companies to reduce or deny your claim.
- Document your injuries - Keep a record of your injuries. This can be a regular daily journal during your recovery. Or it can be photographs of your injuries, especially immediately after your accident.
- Call a lawyer - The sooner you talk to an attorney after your pedestrian accident, the better. An experienced lawyer can review your case and explain all the legal options available to you.
We put your best interests first
Experience matters when it comes to choosing the right lawyer to represent you. That's why we believe we can help you effectively resolve your accident claim. Our law firm has years of experience in Laredo and throughout Texas. We know what evidence to look for and what questions to ask after a pedestrian accident.
In addition, we know how to deal with insurance companies after a serious accident. We can negotiate with the driver's insurance company on your behalf. And if they refuse to cooperate with us, we're prepared to take them to court to fight for your rights.