What To Expect After a Pedestrian Accident

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1) Mistakes to Avoid After a Pedestrian Accident

What To Expect After a Pedestrian AccidentThe most common mistakes I see pedestrians make in pursuing a personal injury case have to do with not preserving the evidence of the crash as quickly as possible after it happened. The second most common mistake I see them make is not getting the right medical care for their injuries. The third most common mistake I see in pedestrian cases is not following the instructions of the physician after they’ve retained one to help them recover from their injuries. In each of those instances, having the right lawyer to help and guide you through your recovery process can make all the difference in the world as to the success of your recovery from that injury.

2) Statute of Limitations

Occasionally, I’m asked by clients who come to see me for a pedestrian car collision in Virginia, “How long do I have to file a suit to protect my claim?” While the easy answer is that you have two years from the date of the accident to file your personal injury claim in court, in reality if you want to actually have the best chance of recovering what you’re owed for that injury claim, you need to start far sooner than that. In fact, the sooner after the accident you retain counsel, the better your odds are of recovering anything as a result of that collision. As a pedestrian it’s assumed by most people, as a general rule, that you must have been at fault somehow to start crossing when a car was coming. How do you get over that presumption? Well, the only way to do it is with careful and early scene investigation. By doing that, whether it be through taking copies of the investigating officer’s notes or photographs, going out and doing actual measurements and looking at sight lines at the scene of the crash, it’s extremely important to get somebody on your case immediately after it happens, in order for you to have the best chance of recovering from that claim.

3) Pedestrian Accident Settlements

The question of how long it takes to resolve your personal injury claim when you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident depends on how badly your injuries have been, and how long it will take you to get over them. Some people never get over injuries from a pedestrian accident case, unfortunately, because of the severity of impact from a heavy motor vehicle into your unprotected body. When those injuries occur, we follow the progress of your medical care, and when you’ve reached the point of what the doctor calls maximum medical improvement, then we can begin to estimate what the value of your total case is, and shortly after that period of time, we’re able to resolve the case in most instances.


Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a crash and have questions about what to expect after a pedestrian accident? Contact a Virginia pedestrian accident lawyer at The Strong Law Firm today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.

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