Have You Been Involved in A Pedestrian Accident?
Chicago Pedestrian Accident Attorney Scott DeSalvo Tells You What YOU Need to Do RIGHT NOW to Protect Your Rights.
If you or anyone you know has been involved in a pedestrian accident in Chicago….
…meaning that they got hit by a car or truck or motorcycle or on the sidewalk or driveway or in a parking lot, you probably have lots of questions…
…but there are three things that you absolutely should do to protect yourself and the value of your case.
Most people don’t do these things and it puts their case behind the eight ball. Doing these three things can literally mean the difference between winning your case and losing your case.
Where Exactly Did It Happen?
The first thing that you always have to do in a pedestrian accident is to be clear about exactly where it happened.
This is so important. I get calls from people who are involved in a pedestrian accident and they don’t remember or didn’t pay attention to exactly where they got hit. Were you in a crosswalk crossing the street? Or on a sidewalk crossing the driveway?
Ultimately in these cases, either an insurance company or a jury is going to determine whose fault the accident was and knowing exactly where you were walking or standing when the pedestrian crash occurred is essential in proving the case.
The second thing you absolutely have to do in a pedestrian accident case in Chicago is make sure you have witnesses.
I can’t tell you the number of injured people who call my office and don’t think to collect witness information.
Why is witness information so important?
In almost every pedestrian accident I’ve ever handled my career (and there’s been a lot of them), the insurance company coaches the other guy — the driver of the car of a motorcycle or the truck to say that the pedestrian jumped out in front of the car or that the pedestrian was walking somewhere or standing somewhere that they weren’t supposed to.
Can you see how having one or two or three witnesses who are on your side about what happened and where it happened can make the difference in your case?
Always collect witness information. Or if you’re with a friend when the accident occurs, ask them to do it. It is key in being able to prove what happened.
No Recorded Statement
Finally, the THIRD thing you have to do if you’ve been in a pedestrian accident is… DON’T GIVE A RECORDED STATEMENT to the insurance company.
When a motorist hits a pedestrian almost all of them are smart enough to call their insurance company right away then there insurance company calls the person who got hit.
Why do they do that?
They want to come to your house have you come to their office or call you on the telephone with a tape recorder and record your version of events.
That doesn’t sound too bad right?
The problem is how you ask questions can determine how a person answers them. The insurance adjuster who calls you will probably ask what is called leading questions. These questions are designed by the insurance company to lead you into an answer and if you think the answer that they’re leading you into is going to be good for your injury claim, you’re wrong.
Insurance companies hire lawyers to prepare outlines with questions for them. This way they get you on record, and saying things you probably don’t mean before you have an attorney protecting your interests.
I represent people who hire me after they’ve already given recorded statements and sometimes it’s not a problem and sometimes it really limits the value of the case. or even blows the case out of the water.
So whatever you do, don’t give a recorded statement until you talk to an attorney who is there to protect your rights first.
If you pay attention to these three things your case will be definitely be stronger.
I hope that this information helps you. But if you still have questions, I offer a free no obligation consultation where I can answer all of your questions. Just call my toll free number 888-HURT-318 (888-487-8318).
Free call, free case evaluation, no obligation. I have operators standing by y to answer your call 24/7.
Thanks for reading and good luck!
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