Holidays from hell are thankfully not something that happens that often, but there is always a chance that your fun in the sun, can take a dramatic turn for the worst. One of the most common issues which we see, especially here in California, is pedestrians who are hit by cars. Sadly this is also something that happens to tourists as well as locals, and the consequences and damage to the victim can be very bad indeed. We spoke to a Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney, to find out just what you should do if the worst happens to you whilst you are on holiday.
Naturally the first thing that you need to do if you are hit by a vehicle is to get medical attention. Even if you feel like you aren’t too badly injured, you should still get a full and thorough check up, as adrenalin and shock can often hide the pain which you may be feeling. Make sure that either you or a family member receives medical documentation for any injuries sustained, or simply as confirmation of the check up.
How it Happened?
If you are feeling fine and you have been given a clean bill of health, you need to go back to the crash site and try to piece together what happened and how. It is likely that the vehicle will have moved, but you can still get a general idea of what you were doing, and how the vehicle was being driven, leading up to your crash. Make sure that you take plenty of photos and write down as much information as you are able to remember about what happened.
Before contacting a lawyer to make a claim on your behalf, you need to ensure that you have all of the necessary documentation ready. This should include your own statement about the accident, witness statements if possible, cameras that may have seen the incident, as well as photos of the crash site, and any injuries which you may have sustained.
Finally it is time to consult a legal professional, either locally or once you arrive home. The point of hiring a lawyer for this is so that you can claim the compensation which you rightly deserve after having your holiday ruined, and also teach a lesson to the person that wasn’t driving with due care and attention. There are many lawyers to choose from but it would make far more sense to hire an attorney that specializes in pedestrian collisions, as they will be able to offer you a much better service, and a higher chance of success.
Let’s hope that this is something that never happens to you as these are the types of incidents which usually cause a great deal of injury, not to mention the fact that it will ruin your vacation. It is however, always worth being prepared for the worst.