The Do’s and Don’ts of Building a Pedestrian Accident Claim

If you were struck by a driver while walking, you might be planning to pursue damages. However, even if it seems clear that the motorist was at fault, there’s no guarantee that you will receive a financial award. 

Any mistakes you make in the aftermath of the collision could hurt your chances of recovering compensation, so you need to consider your next steps carefully. Taking the right actions immediately after the wreck could make all the difference when it comes time to file your claim. 

Let’s look at a few actions you should—and shouldn’t take—when building your case: 

Do Save Copies of Invoices, Receipts, and Estimates 

You will only receive compensation for the accident-related losses that you are able to prove. As such, any financial documents that can help illustrate the types of damages you incurred will likely play a crucial role in proving your claim. From paystubs showing lost income to your medical bills to receipts for replacement services, make sure you compile any paperwork in a safe place ready to share with your attorney.  

In addition to some of the losses listed above, you may also be able to recover compensation for so-called non-economic damages such as reduced quality of life, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. To help prove your intangible losses, you should keep a daily journal to log your pain levels, emotional state, and other important aspects of your life in the wake of the wreck.  

Don’t Discuss the Accident on Social Media 

The claims adjuster might dig deep to find any evidence that could be used to dispute your claim. As such, they may begin looking into your online activity, keeping close tabs on what you post on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

While your claim is pending, you should abstain from posting anything related to your injuries, the accident, or your personal injury case. However, even seemingly unrelated posts such as pictures, reviews, and “check ins” could also be used to challenge your credibility. It may be wise to deactivate your accounts for the duration of proceedings. 

Do Take Your Recovery Seriously 

After an accident, it can feel like you have a lot on your plate. While it’s tempting to get back to work or dive headfirst into building your claim, your top priority should always be your health and well-being. As such, you should make sure you undergo a comprehensive medical assessment as soon as possible after the wreck and, after this visit, follow your doctor’s orders to the letter. Not only will taking these steps help prevent further health complications, but it will also demonstrate to the insurer that you are taking your recovery seriously. 

Don’t Provide a Recorded Statement 

The claims adjuster might reach out to you for a recorded statement. While it’s tempting to share your side of the story, until you’ve had a chance to conduct an in-depth investigation into the accident and assess your losses, it’s all too easy to say something inaccurate or untrue during this recorded interview.  

Speak to a California Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today 

Are you planning to file a pedestrian accident claim? Turn to the legal team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers for guidance, support, and tenacious representation. The initial consultation is free, and if you’re unable to come to our offices, we can come to you. Dial 1-800-GO-HARRIS or head over to our contact form HERE to request a free case review with a California pedestrian accident attorney.