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What are basic steps for filing a pedestrian accident claim?

The thing about the word accident is that it is easy to overlook its real meaning. If you look it up in the dictionary, you will find that an accident is something that happens without it being planned. The implication of that statement is that if an accident happens, no one can be considered responsible. And that is often exactly how we interpret such situations. But just because something isn't planned doesn't mean that it can't be prevented.

That's an important thing to remember. Suppose you are walking down a League City sidewalk and a car jumps the curb and slams into you, leaving you with a life-altering disability. Unless the driver intended to hit you, it would certainly be called an accident. But if the driver was speeding, was drunk, or had failed to properly maintain the vehicle, then it might be appropriate to claim that it happened because of negligence.

Texas law provides remedies for such occurrences, but certain steps need to be followed in order to exercise the articulated rights. Understanding what they are and how to take proper and timely action can be difficult.

To give you an example, consider the following. They're tips offered as basic steps for any pedestrian to take who has suffered a preventable injury.

  • Write down all you can about the incident, including listing injuries and all damages suffered
  • Record all conversations you have with anyone involved in the accident or the claim
  • Collect relevant physical evidence from the scene and preserve it
  • Locate and get information for any possible witnesses
  • Inform those you believe responsible for the injury of your intention to file for compensation
  • Contact an attorney

These are all good tips. However, how many injury victims are likely to be able to fulfill them on their own? That's why we think wise readers will deduce that the last suggestion should be first. Why not let the other steps be handled by a professional?

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