Legal Tips from a Pedestrian Injury Lawyer in Columbus

Legal Tips from a Pedestrian Injury Lawyer in Columbus

Have you been injured as a pedestrian in the Columbus, Ohio area? 

We wanted to share tips our clients have found useful over the years. We’ve helped countless victims of pedestrian injuries in the State of Ohio. Our goal is to help educate victims and assist them in gathering the appropriate information.

We sincerely hope that these suggestions are helpful. If you have any questions, please contact our office in Columbus, Ohio.

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Keep Detailed Documentation

The most important tip when you are involved in an auto accident is to ensure that you keep detailed documentation on all of the facts involved in the collision. In addition, document detailed information about your injuries, limitations, restrictions, and activities that you previously enjoyed that have been impacted by the auto accident.

During the event of a car accident, always file an accident report. It is extremely important to lay out all of the details relating to how the accident occurred and all the reasons why the negligent driver was unsafe. It is critical to document all of the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all witnesses.

Always make sure you snap photographs of the scene of the collision. This includes photographs that: show the damage to your vehicle, show damage to the negligent driver’s vehicle, and show any other vehicles that are involved in the accident.

Don’t forget to capture photographs that reflect any damage to the inside of your vehicle in addition to all exterior damage. If you have any visible bruising, you need to immediately take photographs that show the bruising. If there are any skid marks, always make sure you take photographs of them. Finally, secure photographs that depict what the negligent driver would have seen before the accident including any traffic lights, safety signs, speed limit signs, as well as nearby monuments and buildings.

Take Detailed Notes

Always write down all of the unsafe things that the negligent driver did. For example, the negligent driver often fails to pay attention to events in their surroundings or fails to observe safety signs that caution him or her to slow down or exercise caution. Also document whether the negligent driver did anything to try to avoid hitting your vehicle including: applying his or her brakes, sounding his or her horn, or swerving to try to avoid your vehicle. Always listen to what the negligent driver says to you and pay careful attention to his or her mannerisms, gestures, and demeanor. These may indicate that he or she may have been drinking or driving while texting/using a cell phone at the time of the impact.

Write down the story of what the negligent driver did that caused you harm. This includes: the entire story of what happened just prior to the accident, what happened to you inside your vehicle when the impact occurred, and what happened when your vehicle and the negligent driver’s vehicle came to their final resting positions. Note all discussions that you had with the negligent driver, the police, eyewitnesses, EMS squad attendants, and witnesses that were at the scene of the accident.

Visit Your Doctor for an Evaluation

It is critical that you see a medical doctor if you are hurt. It is critical that you tell your doctor about all of the harm that this accident caused. The more detail that you provide to your doctor, the better. Be honest about all of the pain that each of your injuries is causing. Use descriptive words to help better explain to your doctor what the injury feels like. For example, if you have neck pain, describe to your doctor what the neck pain feels like. Is it an aching pain? Is the pain constant or does it come and go? When you get an onset of pain in your neck, how long does the pain last?

Explain to your doctor how your injuries restrict you from doing the activities that you enjoy. Provide your doctor with a list of all of the activities that you enjoyed and how those activities were impacted by the accident. Of course, also tell your doctor about any anxiety or stressors that your accident has caused you and, furthermore, how the stress has impacted your ability to enjoy your favorite activities. Inform your doctor of how long your pain has lasted and interfered with the things you enjoyed doing before the accident. Always be as detailed as possible.

The greatest harm in your case is the harm to yourself. The medical costs and the substantial harm to you are the only things that you can take into account for figuring out the proper amount of money that will equal the amount of harm that the negligent driver caused you.

Keep Information Confidential

Only speak to your physician and lawyer about the details of the accident. Oftentimes, the insurance company for the negligent driver contacts our client very early in a claim to obtain a recorded statement of the accident and injuries. This may request that our client signs a broadly-based medical authorization which would allow the insurance company to obtain medical records of all medical treatment both before and after the accident. Don’t ever sign any paperwork or agree to conduct an interview with the insurance company until you have had an opportunity to discuss your claim with an experienced attorney.

Document the Incident

If you are involved in a pedestrian accident, the most important thing you can do is to keep detailed records about all of the facts involved in the incident. You’ll also want to document information about your injuries and any limitations or restrictions caused by them. Be sure to keep records related to any activities that you previously enjoyed that have been affected by the pedestrian injury.

In the event of a pedestrian injury, make sure you file an accident report. It’s very important to share all details related to how the accident occurred and all of the factors that impacted your safety. Document contact information for all witnesses, including names, addresses, and telephone numbers.

Take photographs of the scene of the accident. You’ll want to include photos that show vehicles, unsafe conditions, animals, or other individuals involved in the pedestrian injury depending upon the circumstances.

You should also take photos of your injuries. This is especially true if you have visible bruising, cuts, broken bones, or other injuries. If there are skid marks from a driver, be sure to photograph them. Don’t forget to take photos of your surroundings that show show conditions related to the pedestrian injury. Include any traffic lights, safety signs, nearby buildings, weather conditions, and any environmental factors related to your injury.

Keep a Detailed Account

Always record all of the unsafe actions taken by the negligent driver. For example, if the driver neglected to pay attention to their surroundings or observe safety signs, it’s important to document those actions. If the driver did anything to avoid collision, including: applying brakes, honking the horn, or swerving, be sure to detail those actions as well. Listen to what the driver says to you and pay close attention to mannerisms, demeanor, and gestures. These actions could indicate whether or not the driver was intoxicated or distracted at the time of the collision.

Write down the narrative of what the driver did that caused you harm as a pedestrian. This includes the story of the events that occurred prior to the accident, what happened to you when impact occurred, and what happened when the vehicle and your body came to resting positions after the impact. Make a note of any conversations you had with the drive, eyewitnesses, the police, EMS squad attendants, and any other witnesses at the scene.

Get Evaluated By Your Doctor

If you are injured, it’s important to see a medical doctor for an evaluation. Talk to your doctor about all of the harm caused by the pedestrian injury. The more detail you can share with your doctor, the better. Discuss the pain that each of your injuries is causing and use descriptive words to help explain how the injuries feel. For example, do you have an aching pain? Does the pain come and go in waves or is it constant? When the pain begins, how long does it typically last?

Talk to your doctor about how your injuries are restricting you from the activities that you enjoy. Provide a list of all of your favorite activities and how those activities were affected by the accident. You’ll also want to share information about any anxiety or stress that the accident has caused you, and whether or not that stress has impacted the activities you enjoy most. Talk about how long the pain has lasted, being as detailed as possible.

The greatest harm in your pedestrian injury case is the harm to you. The medical costs and that harm to you are the factors that will be taken into account for determining the amount of money that will be equivalent to the amount of harm the driver caused you.

Keep Your Lips Locked

You should only share the details of your accident with your doctor and attorney. We find that the insurance company for the negligent driver often approaches our client very early in a claim in order to get a recorded statement of the accident and any injuries sustained. The company may request that our client sign a broadly-based medical authorization form that allows the insurance company to access records of all medical treatment both before and after the accident. Do not sign any paperwork or agree to an interview with the insurance company until you have discussed your claim with an experienced attorney.

Talk to Your Insurance Provider

When you are involved in an accident, report the claim to your insurance immediately. One of the major issues we have witnessed over the past several years is that negligent drivers often do not have any insurance, meaning we have to resort to filing claims on behalf of our client with their own insurance company. When you are involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, you need to file an uninsured motorist claim with your own insurance provider as soon as possible.

Another reason you’ll want to be sure to file a claim with your insurance provider is that the negligent driver may not have sufficient insurance coverage to cover all of your losses and harm. If that’s the case, you’ll want to file an underinsured motorist claim, which covers you if the negligent driver doesn’t have adequate insurance coverage.

It’s important to have uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage for this reason. Without this type of coverage, you have no way to recover all of the losses and harm caused by a negligent driver who doesn’t have adequate insurance coverage. Your insurance company is not required to provide you with this coverage under Ohio law, so it’s important to discuss it with your agent when reviewing your policy.

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