10 People Injured When Police Car Jumps a Curb
Ten individuals, ranging in age from 2 to 65, were injured recently when a New York Police Department vehicle jumped a curb after colliding with another vehicle in the Bronx. Among the injured parties were six pedestrians.
Read on to learn what to do if you’ve been hit by a car as a pedestrian.
Where do these accidents occur, and who’s typically at fault?
Pedestrian-vehicle accidents can happen in a variety of settings. While crosswalks and intersections account for many of these accidents, a highway, a parking lot or even a driveway can be the site of an accident.
In these incidents, the law typically favors the pedestrian. Drivers are expected to remain alert and attentive behind the wheel, and as long as a pedestrian can demonstrate that they were paying attention, courts are likely to award them damages.
Keep in mind that an incident like the recent Bronx accident involving the police brings the government into the case, which can impact which party is held legally liable.
Steps to take after an accident
The first thing to do after a pedestrian-vehicle accident is call 911 if any involved party requires medical attention. You’ll also want to call the police to ensure the incident is recorded and a report is filed.
Next, exchange contact and insurance information with the driver, and get contact information for any witnesses who might be able to corroborate your story.
You’ll also want to call your own car insurance company, as your policy may cover injuries incurred as a pedestrian. They’ll benefit from having a photographic record of the scene, so take as many pictures as you can.
Finally, do not discuss the accident with the driver, or say anything that could be construed as admitting fault.
Working with a skilled personal injury attorney can help you receive the compensation you deserve after a pedestrian-vehicle accident and secure the best overall outcome for your case.
If you’ve been involved in an accident as a pedestrian, the qualified and experienced personal injury attorneys at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP are standing by to discuss your case. Reach out today to arrange a consultation.