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Understanding Pedestrian Accidents

Understanding Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents can be just as serious as car accidents. If you’re walking or riding a bike and a car hits you, you have rights to compensation just like you would in a collision. So it’s important to know your rights and what you should do if you’re ever involved in a pedestrian accident. In this article, we provide you with pertinent information that every Canadian should know when it comes to understanding pedestrian accidents and how a lawyer can help.

Seeking Help

When you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident, your first response should be to call an ambulance if it’s required and then call the police immediately. People who may be legally responsible for your injuries could try to blame you for the accident. So gather contact information of any witnesses, take pictures of the surrounding scene, and avoid making any statements to anyone until you talk to a lawyer. Statements can be used against you, and a lawyer will help make sure this does not happen.

Understanding Your Rights

If you have been injured by a vehicle or a defective property, you have the right to recover damages for injuries that were suffered due to someone else’s negligence. To establish negligence, you’ll need to prove that the person responsible for duty of care and protecting others from foreseeable risks failed or caused an injury or accident involving the plaintiff.  A lawyer has the expertise and experience to assess who is responsible and to help recover any damages that are rightfully owed.

Preparing For Health Bills

Pedestrian injuries either large or small can leave you and your family with unexpected health bills. Some catastrophic life injuries such as brain damage, spinal injuries, paralysis, and amputation can result in long-term suffering, lost wages and psychological effects. Some injuries will also require ongoing medical treatment that can leave you with hefty financial liabilities. A lawyer can help review your case and determine the compensation that you deserve to help you pay for the medical expenses and rehabilitation that are necessary as a result of the accident.

Settling Insurance Claims

A lawyer can also help negotiate with the insurance companies that are involved. Having legal representation on your side will always ensure that you get the fairest settlement and compensation for your case.

Understanding pedestrian accidents, knowing your rights and what compensation you’re entitled to can be an overwhelming scenario to face alone. At Zuber Brioux, we’re here to help guide you through the process and ensure you get the fair settlement that you and your family rightfully deserve.