Serious, injury-causing pedestrian accidents happen regularly in and around Nashville. If you have recently been hurt after a pedestrian accident there's a good chance that you are entitled to compensation. That said, there are certain steps you should take to protect your rights and ensure that you get the damages you are owed.
The most important of these are discussed in the material below. For more information or advice about your specific case, call us today to speak with a Nashville injury lawyer.
Call the Police
Your first call after a pedestrian accident should be to the local police. When you call it will summon both police and emergency medical personnel to the scene of the accident. The police will determine whether the driver violated any traffic laws or was impaired at the time of the accident. If either is true, it can make it much easier to recover compensation.
Document Your Accident
You should also take the time to document as much information as you can about your accident. If you can, take pictures of the area where your accident took place, the vehicle that hit you, and your injuries.. Moving forward, document the ways in which your injuries affect you on a daily basis and make sure to keep copies of any documentation you receive regarding your injuries.
Seek medical attention
You should seek medical attention after an accident, even if you don't think you need it. It's important to have documentation of your injuries, and seeing a doctor will accomplish this goal. Furthermore, be sure that you fill your prescriptions and attend your physical therapy or follow-up appointments. If you don't, the insurance company may try to use it against you.
Do Not Accept a Settlement Offer Before Talking to a Lawyer
You should never accept a settlement offer before you have had a chance to speak with a lawyer. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, and their initial offers are invariably lower than victims' cases are worth. A lawyer familiar with slip and fall cases in Tennessee can determine the value of your case and make sure that the insurance company doesn't trick you into accepting a lowball settlement offer.
Call a Lawyer as Soon as You Can
You should call an attorney as soon as you can after you have been injured in a pedestrian accident. In some cases, waiting could hurt your chances of getting the full and fair value of your claim. If you wait, evidence important to the success of your case could be lost or degrade, making it easier for the insurance company to deny or minimize your claim.
Contact Labrum Law Today to Speak with a Nashville Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
At Labrum Law, we are committed to helping injured victims obtain the compensation they deserve. To schedule your free case evaluation with a pedestrian accident attorney in Nashville, call our office today at (615) 338-9500 or contact us online.