Were you walking along the street when you were hit by a vehicle? Was someone you love struck by a car just as they were going through a crosswalk? When a vehicle, even a small one going slowly, strikes a pedestrian, it can result in serious injuries. Belal Hamideh, an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer, can help. If you believe there is some chance you may have a case, it’s worth reaching out for a free case evaluation. Hablamos Espanol. Below are some truths that Belal wishes more pedestrian accident victims knew.
Don’t: Take the First Offer
When you’re injured in a pedestrian accident, the insurance company will, most likely, reach out to you fairly quickly with a settlement offer. The claims adjuster may say that this is “the best offer you could receive” or something to that effect. That’s almost invariably untrue. More times than not, the other side puts out a “lowball” offer as quickly as possible. Their hope is that you’ll settle for far less than your case is worth. Don’t let it happen. Belal and the team here can represent you as aggressively as possible so that you receive everything you deserve.
Don’t: Avoid Medical Care
If you’re struck by a vehicle when you’re on foot and you don’t seem like you have any injuries, it’s entirely possible that you’ll just go on with your day, eschewing medical attention. This too is a mistake. In many cases, the full extent of injuries from an accident don’t reveal themselves for some time. Adrenaline, shock, and other factors may make you think that you’re “fine” when in reality you’re anything but. Seeking professional medical attention as soon as possible can help in many ways. Belal can even help you to find a medical professional who works on contingency.
Don’t: Wait Too Long to Reach Out
After you’ve been struck by a vehicle when you were walking, you may not want to reach out to an attorney. It makes sense that you’d want to “hunker down,” so to speak, and focus on your recovery. However, there is a time limit in the state of California for how long you can wait to file one of these cases. Usually, it’s two years from the date of the accident, but, depending on certain factors, it can be even less time than that. The sooner you reach out to an attorney, the sooner you’ll receive the compensation that you deserve.
Do: Hire the Right Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Belal has a proven track record of helping clients to recover both economic and non-economic damages for their injuries. So, if you have to pay medical bills for doctor’s visits, medication, rehab, and the like, he can help you to recover compensation for that. On top of that, he can also help you to recover damages for pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and more. To schedule a free case evaluation, do so through our site or call.