Pedestrian Accidents - 4 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Pedestrian accidents can be absolutely horrifying and traumatic. The last thing on your mind is a lawsuit and how to get compensated fairly, and fully. Unfortunately, there are many things you need to know to make sure that you preserve your legal rights and the value of your case. Here are four things for you to keep in mind.
A recorded statement can ruin your case. It's a good idea not to provide any insurance company with a recorded statement after your accident. They will want to use it against you to diminish the value of your case.
The insurance companies are building your case against your from the beginning. Contrary to all of their popular commercials and slogans, the insurance company does not have your best interests in mind. Understand that they are working to decrease the value of your case from the start. It is a good idea to have an attorney advocating for you when nobody else is.
Even though you might be seriously injured, your recovery can be greatly limited. Personal injury cases are not only about damages. Fault is a very important element. The other party may try its hardest to argue that you were at fault, even in the slightest because it can greatly reduce what you should recover. A few things they might ask are: were you paying attention? Was the light red? Was the light yellow? Do you have any witnesses? Were you on the phone? Were you texting? Were you distracted? How do we know you had the green light? Were you completely in the intersection?
You need to know when to hire an attorney. Even though an attorney gets paid from your recovery, the attorney's job is to make your recovery larger than what you would be able to recover on your own. An attorney knows what the insurance company is up to and what their plans are to diminish the value of your case. An attorney knows all of your possible avenues of recovery and how to reduce your medical bills. Without an attorney fighting for you, you may be leaving a lot of money on the table.
Pedestrian accidents can be very serious. It's important that you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. Nobody should be a victim twice.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lem Garcia
West Covina car accident law office, Lem Garcia Law, was opened to give people who were injured in a car accident a place to turn when they need help the most. I am a lifelong resident of West Covina and my goal is to help the area as much as I can. I am the youngest of three boys and the son of an engineer and hairstylist. I went to public schools in West Covina and went to college at Cal Poly Pomona. I went to law school in Western State University College of Law. I believe that by helping injured victims, I am making a difference in their lives.
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