There are so many wonderful benefits of living in Idaho. Perhaps the best, however, is the sunny weather the state enjoys virtually all year. When a pleasant day takes you out of the house for a walk, you want to be certain you arrive back home safely. Still, pedestrian accidents are more common in Idaho than you may think. If you have sustained an injury in one of these collisions, you need the right pedestrian accident lawyer to advocate for you.
According to recent data, Idaho had the lowest number of fatal pedestrian accidents of any state in the country. Even if you do not lose your life in a collision between you and a motor vehicle, though, you could sustain serious bodily injury. An accident may also damage your property. At The Idaho Advocates, a pedestrian accident lawyer will help you seek the money you need to pay medical bills, support your family, and repair your property.
Idaho Pedestrian Accident Statistics
The most recent year statistics are available for Idaho pedestrian accidents is 2016. That year, motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians increased by 14 percent. While there were only 207 pedestrian accidents in 2015, the number jumped to 236 the following year.
As you likely know, your chances of avoiding an injury in a pedestrian accident are small. In fact, statistics show that 97 percent of pedestrians in motor vehicle accidents in Idaho sustained some type of injury. Even worse, 18 pedestrians died after motorists hit them with vehicles in 2016.
On Idaho’s roads, no age group is immune from a pedestrian accident. Official statistics reveal that some children, teenagers, adults, and senior citizens all sustained injuries or died during a pedestrian accident. You should understand that correctly cataloging long-term injuries after pedestrian accidents is challenging. While statistics reveal important information, chances are good some accident victims with long-term injuries slip through the cracks. Consider having a pedestrian accident lawyer from The Idaho Advocates on your legal team.
Strategies for Staying Safe
If you sustained an injury while walking, you may need to work with a pedestrian accident lawyer to be certain you receive compensation for your injuries. You can, however, take some steps to boost your chances of avoiding an accident. Here are some tips for staying safe on foot:
- Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. If your route takes you to places where there are no sidewalks, face oncoming traffic.
- Make eye contact with drivers to be certain they see you. Even if a driver has stopped at a light or sign, crossing without acknowledging the driver could be dangerous.
- Wear vivid colors to increase your visibility. Remember, fog and other inclement weather can make spotting pedestrians difficult.
You probably understand that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a bad idea. Walking after drinking or using drugs can also be hazardous to your health. Since substances can affect your perception, waiting to walk until you sober up is a good idea.
While there is no reliable data on long-term injuries, some pedestrians think they are fine after an accident only to discover they have lingering symptoms. As such, if a motorist drives a vehicle into you, you should seek medical attention immediately. If you are having trouble finding the right medical provider for treating your injuries, a pedestrian accident lawyer at The Idaho Advocates can assist you.
Important Post-Accident Steps
Pedestrian accidents can be both painful and stressful. Nonetheless, you can take some steps after the accident to safeguard your health and preserve your legal remedies:
- Remove yourself from danger. If you are in the roadway after an accident, you are at risk of further injury. As such, if you can, move off the road as soon as possible. Note, however, if you suspect you have sustained a spinal injury, moving could be dangerous.
- Contact the police. The driver may not want to involve the police after hitting you with a vehicle. Still, if you fail to contact the police, you may limit your chances of receiving compensation for your injuries. Therefore, call law enforcement immediately. If you cannot place the call yourself, ask someone else to do it.
- Document the scene. Law enforcement officers should make a detailed report about the accident. That report, however, may be insufficient to document the incident. By taking photographs of the scene, writing down your memory of the accident, and obtaining the contact information of witnesses, you supplement the official account.
- Seek medical care. Recovering after a pedestrian accident can take weeks or longer. To be certain you return to your pre-accident condition, seek medical care for your injuries. Even if you feel fine, visiting a doctor can help you identify hidden injuries.
Legal Limitations on Lawsuits
Idaho law sets limits on the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit to seek compensation for your damages. Under most circumstances, you only have two years to act. Understanding how the statute of limitations applies to your case, though, may depend on a complex legal analysis. Rather than assuming you cannot recover for your injuries, let a pedestrian accident lawyer at The Idaho Advocates evaluate your case.
Effective Representation of Your Rights: Hire an Advocate
You may not be comfortable with the idea of suing to win compensation for your injuries. Unfortunately, insurance companies and motorists may not want to pay. When you work with an experienced lawyer, you get effective representation. Lawyers at The Advocates understand pedestrian accidents. Rely on us to help you build your case in the following ways:
- Obtain ongoing medical care
- Provide comprehensive advice
- Assemble documents
- Determine damages
- Prove liability
- Consider settlement options
At The Advocates, we understand how stressful pursuing compensation for your injuries can be. You should know that you are not alone. When you work with a pedestrian accident lawyer in our office, you know you are getting the best representation possible.
Simply put, we are here to advocate for you. If you need help paying medical bills, repairing damaged property, or seeking compensation for injuries, contact us today to speak with a lawyer about your case. You can call us at (208) 291-6561 or chat with a live attorney from our homepage. We are available to assist you 7 days a week. You deserve an Advocate!
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