Were You Hit By A Vehicle While A Pedestrian?

If you were crossing the street or walking along the roadway and struck by a car, you are not alone.

Recent statistics from the Portland Crash Analysis & Reporting Unit indicate a worrying surge in motor vehicle collisions throughout the last year. In 2021, Portland experienced a significant 18.76% jump in crash incidents compared to the year before. This increase includes a 20% rise in fatal collisions and a 22.67% hike in crashes leading to non-fatal injuries.

In absolute figures, Portland documented 45,295 collisions in 2021, of which 552 were fatal and 23,729 caused non-fatal injuries. Additionally, 21,014 incidents resulted solely in property damage. On average, this amounted to almost 125 collisions each day in 2021.

What To Do After A Pedestrian Accident 

If you have been injured as a pedestrian, you should do everything you can to preserve evidence and maintain supporting documentation. Always call the police so an accident report can be completed. Sometimes injuries are more serious than they initially appear. If possible, get photos of the accident scene and get written statements from any eyewitnesses. 

It is imperative to establish medical care right away. You must show the casual connection between your injuries and the accident. If you delay care, it can make it more difficult to prove that your injuries were caused by the traffic accident. If injuries are serious, ask for an ambulance to transport you to the nearest hospital. 

The Elements Of A Personal Injury Claim 

To have a successful personal injury claim after being hit by a vehicle as a pedestrian, you will need to show that the driver of the vehicle was negligent. This means all four elements of negligence must be met. The first element of negligence is to show that the other person owed you a duty. In this case, the driver owes others a duty to drive safely and prevent accidents. 

The second element is to show that the duty the driver owed you was breached. This could be by the driver failing to yield right of way or by the driver running a stop light. The third element is to show that the breach of duty caused an accident. Then lastly, you must show that your damages were from the accident caused by the breach of duty. 

If you and your accident injury lawyer can show all four elements of negligence apply to your claim, then you can have a successful personal injury claim against the driver of the other vehicle. You will need documentation to support your claim, so keep medical records, medical bills, the accident report, witness statements, photos of the accident scene, proof of missed work and lost wages, and anything else that helps to show the damages you suffered because of the crash. 

Talk With A Personal Injury Lawyer 

To improve your chances of a successful claim where you recover compensation to cover your damages, you will need to enlist the help of a personal injury lawyer. Personal injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, so you will not have to pay anything out of pocket. Call The Harlan Law Firm to schedule your free case evaluation today. 

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