When you think about Halloween, you likely imagine kids in costumes running from house to house, filling up their bags or orange pumpkins with candy. Unfortunately, another part of Halloween is a spike in serious pedestrian accidents. According to the National Safety Council, children are more than twice as likely to be involved in a fatal pedestrian accident on Halloween than any other night of the year.
The reason for the increase in pedestrian accidents is due to a number of factors. For one, adults celebrate Halloween too, often with alcohol. As a result, there tend to be more drunk drivers on the road on and around the holiday. Additionally, there are just more pedestrians out and about as a result of traditional trick-or-treating. Another factor that may contribute to pedestrian accidents is that dark costumes may make it harder for drivers to spot pedestrians crossing the street
Whatever the reason, if a pedestrian accident is caused by a driver’s negligence, victims can typically recover compensation under California law. That said, victims – and their parents, if the victims are children – need to take steps to protect their rights in order to obtain the compensation they are owed. The most important of these steps include:
? Calling 911. It’s extremely important to call 911 after a pedestrian accident and let the dispatcher know to send the police and EMTs. The police will make an initial determination about fault and may conduct sobriety testing on the driver. In addition, EMTs will administer any emergency medical care and may transport the victim to the hospital.
? Seeking Medical Attention. Pedestrian accident victims should always seek medical attention as soon as they can after an incident. The human body is no match for a car or truck, and pedestrian accident victims can sustain extremely serious injuries, including those that may not be readily apparent, like internal injuries. Additionally, when you seek medical attention, a medical professional will create a report that you can use as evidence in any claim you make later.
? Calling a Lawyer. Finally, pedestrian accident victims should contact an attorney as soon as possible after involvement in a crash. Insurance companies are out to make money, and they will do everything they can to pay you as little as possible to settle your case. An experienced lawyer can evaluate your damages and represent you in settlement negotiations, increasing the chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve. If you proceed without a lawyer, there is a chance that you will accept a settlement far below the actual value of your case. Once you settle, it’s nearly impossible to get more compensation for your injuries, so it’s critical to get it right the first time.
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If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you should call an attorney as soon as you can. Tina Arshakyan and her team of experienced attorneys will review your case for free and determine whether you have a case. Additionally, the firm will never collect legal fees unless we win your injury claim. To schedule your free case evaluation, call our office today at (888) 851-5005 or contact us online.