In large metropolitan areas such as Eagan, Mendota Heights, Dakota County, Minneapolis and St Paul, pedestrian accidents often happen because busy crosswalks and distracted drivers meet – often with unfortunate results. Pedestrians who are following the law are allowed to safely cross the street and motor vehicles must yield to them.
If you have been injured as a pedestrian in Minnesota, you are entitled to collect the damages you suffered. Unfortunately, the driver’s insurance company is likely to treat you in an offhand manner, and even try to dismiss your legitimate claim out-of-hand. This is why you need the help of Sieben Edmunds Miller. We have significant experience representing pedestrians who have been the victim of a driver and will fight to get you the compensation the law says you deserve.
Why Pedestrians are Injured and Deserve Compensation
Two of the leading causes of pedestrians being injured by a motor vehicle include when a motorist was distracted and did not see a person crossing the street at an intersection or because the driver was not following the law. This is why, most of the time, the motorist is at fault when a pedestrian is hurt. Whether it happened because the driver was talking on their cell phone, driving too fast or was running a red light, when the driver broke the law there is generally enough proof that their negligence created responsibility for the injuries suffered by the victim.
Take Steps to Protect Your Rights as a Pedestrian Injured in an Accident
If you have been hurt as a pedestrian, there are specific steps to take to protect your rights.
Get medical attention first. Make sure you are taken care of so your injuries can be treated.
Call the police and get a copy of their report. Police reports help document the facts.
Take pictures and make notes. Photos of the scene can help prove fault and judges and juries put a lot of weight on notes taken at the time of the incident.
Get names and numbers of witnesses. They will be needed to corroborate your statement and claim.
Call Sieben Edmunds Miller. It is never too early to speak with an attorney to begin the process of recovering your damages.
These five steps will provide important evidence as your claim moves forward.
Medical Records are Important for Pedestrians Injured in an Accident
It is crucial to document your injuries as well as the pain and suffering you endure along with the prognosis for your recovery and what future rehabilitation you might require. Get copies of your medical records from the emergency room and your personal physician. Document the hardships that you suffer because of the accident such as lost income and needing to hire help for things such as caring for your children and keeping the house clean. Ask medical professionals for a written report on your prognosis and keep a journal on what your life has become like after the accident. At Sieben Edmunds Miller, we can help you with these steps and get you what you deserve.
Contact a Minnesota Pedestrian Injury Attorney
You will need an attorney at Sieben Edmunds Miller to file a claim, build your case in Minnesota and negotiate with insurance companies. We are experienced personal injury lawyers and our initial consultation is free. Plus, you don’t pay attorney’s fees unless your case is settled or a jury awards damages.