Walking or biking to school or work can be an effective way to get exercise or simply reduce your carbon footprint. However, you may also be more vulnerable to serious injury or death if you are struck while doing so on a Texas road. While you may be entitled to compensation, it’s also relatively easy to undermine your ability to collect.
Not getting medical attention
Failing to get medical attention after a pedestrian accident may make it harder to prove that there is a link between the accident and your injuries. Unless you can show that the crash was the proximate cause of a concussion, broken bones or muscle tears, it may be difficult to obtain a financial award.
Not reporting the accident
Reporting the accident will likely result in the generation of a police report or other documents that can help to establish that the incident occurred. A report may outline who was involved, the events that led up the collision and provide other details that may be helpful in obtaining a favorable outcome in your case.
Not getting details from others
Driver or witness statements may help to corroborate your version of events during settlement talks or at trial. It’s possible that the driver who caused the crash may admit to being responsible for your injuries while talking to police or to that person’s insurance company.
If you are hurt in a pedestrian accident, you may receive money for hospital bills, lost wages or other damages. Seeking medical care, getting witness statements and reporting the incident in a timely manner may make it easier to prove that it was caused by the defendant’s negligence.