With Alberta seeing an increase in daily commuters as professionals return to the office and schools prepare to enter back into another school year come fall, the risk of pedestrian-involved collisions is on the rise. Accidents involving pedestrians can be incredibly devastating for all parties, and without the right information, injured individuals may not receive the proper care they deserve.
At James H. Brown and Associates, we know just how important it is to have access to an experienced team of injury lawyers to guide you through the claims process and ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Below, we’ll cover some of the key details for drivers to keep in mind if you’re ever in a pedestrian-involved collision. Read on to learn more!
Make Sure Everyone is Okay
The primary concern in any accident is ensuring that everyone involved is safe. Stay at the scene and call for emergency help if necessary. If the pedestrian is seriously injured, do not move them unless instructed by a professional and if you yourself are injured in any capacity make sure you seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Just like in a vehicle-on-vehicle accident, it’s crucial for both parties to swap information following a collision. Make sure to exchange all relevant details such as insurance etc, and then do your best to get as much information about the scene itself. Accident reconstruction frequently plays a vital role in injury law cases, and both parties should do their best to document facts like the date and time, state of the scene, environmental factors and more in as much detail as possible. Photos, videos, and viable witness statements from those on the scene can all be integral to building a case.
The Police Will Likely Be Involved
Hitting a pedestrian is a serious event, even if both parties are “fine” in the initial aftermath (note that both minor and major injuries can take days and sometimes even weeks to appear). The authorities will almost always be involved to make sure everyone is okay, but also to determine if further legal action is necessary in the case of negligence, unsafe driving, etc. Staying on the scene, remaining calm, and recounting things as clearly as possible will help to produce a detailed police report that both sides will refer to should a legal case be opened.
Acquire Legal Protection
If you’re a pedestrian that’s been involved in a collision, partnering with an experienced legal team is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself. Choose a legal team that you know you can trust and ensure you know your best interests will always be front of mind. At James H. Brown and Associates we know that the injuries caused to pedestrians can be devastating, and our team is here to make sure you have everything you need to recover, including the funds you deserve!
Move Forward With Confidence with James H. Brown and Associates
With over 250 combined years of experience among our team of award-winning lawyers, James H. Brown and Associates knows what it takes to navigate Alberta’s injury law standards and get you the results you deserve. Our team offers complete resources to support accident victims throughout the legal process, including
- Complete accident investigation services, including accident reconstruction, evidence preservation, analysis, and more.
- Access to medical and vocational professionals to fully diagnose your injuries, understand long-term impacts and provide supporting documentation for your case.
- Strong relationships with community organizations dedicated to injury rehabilitation, recovery and support.
If you or someone you love has been injured, James H. Brown is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our personal injury services throughout Alberta.