The Dos and Don’ts of Pedestrian Accidents

The Dos and Don’ts of Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents almost universally unfold in mere moments, yet can result in lifelong effects for both parties. Well over a thousand Arizonan pedestrians are hurt in these accidents every year, so whether you’re hit by a car or hit a pedestrian, you should know what to do (and what not to do) in the aftermath.

For Pedestrians

After being hit by a car, your top priority should be your personal safety and well being, although there are other things to consider as well:

  • Do: Carefully examine yourself for wounds and pain. Perform a cursory physical examination immediately, followed by a thorough one at home, and see a doctor as soon as possible.
  • Do not: Assume that you are uninjured or can “walk it off.” Adrenaline and shock are likely to suppress your pain response; you could be seriously hurt or have delayed-onset injuries. Delaying treatment could compromise both your compensation and health.
  • Do: Gather evidence and take notes. Compile pictures, eyewitness contact information, journals, medical records, license plate numbers, and anything else that comes to mind.
  • Do not: Assume you can remember the details of the accident. Studies show that memories and eyewitness accounts often degrade and have severe discrepancies mere minutes after an incident.
  • Do: Talk to a personal injury attorney in Arizona. Pedestrians deserve the same protections and compensation that motorists do, and a legal professional can help you figure out what’s best for you.
  • Do not: Settle or discuss your accident in detail with an adjuster. Settling for quick and easy compensation is an easy trap to fall into, as is giving too much information to adjusters.

For Drivers

As a motorist, Arizona law demands that you try to avoid pedestrians in all contexts, regardless of whether you have the right of way. You’re less likely to be hurt, so more is expected from you:

  • Do: Make sure the pedestrian is ok. This can include calling 911, administering first aid (if qualified), waiting with them until an ambulance arrives, or driving them to the hospital if they need immediate treatment.
  • Do not: Panic and flee the scene. Even if the accident is your fault, fleeing will only make things worse and could result in compounded injuries or death for the pedestrian.
  • Do: Document damages to your vehicle. Though likely minor, you should still take note of dents and damages caused by the collision; if the pedestrian is at fault, you’ll be able to receive compensation.
  • Do not: Apologize. While it might feel dishonest or rude to not apologize, an adjuster can interpret even a simple, “sorry, I didn’t see you there” as an explicit admission of fault. 
  • Do: Report your accident and talk to an auto accident attorney. Open an insurance claim, report the details of your accident, and then talk to a legal professional who can advise you on what to do next.
  • Do not: Consent to provide statements or trust your adjuster. Statements given to adjusters will exclusively be used against you; their job is to maximize profit for their company and minimize your claim.

Arizona Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

The Do’s and Do Nots of Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents are serious affairs that can quickly spiral out of control; regardless of which side of the collision you’re on, we strongly recommend getting the advice of a legal professional. Give us a call at (623) 877-3600 to speak to one of ELG’s pedestrian accident attorneys in Arizona; we can walk you through the claims process and answer any questions you might have, free of charge.