Pedestrian injuries are sadly becoming much more frequent than in the past.
Whether it’s the urban revitalization projects seen in many downtown areas or the increased population growth, of many Oklahoma communities; the fact is pedestrians have added risks. This is especially true in and around college campuses. In addition, thriving shopping districts of cities like Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Norman increase the risk. The attorneys of Dodd Henry want you to understand your rights after a pedestrian collision. Give us a call any time if you need to discuss an injury after an accident.
Oklahoma Pedestrian Laws
In general, pedestrians have the right-of-way in marked crosswalks. But outside of crosswalks, there are still rules. Negligence comes as the result of a pedestrian injury due to a driver operating a vehicle in an unsafe manner or traveling too fast for conditions.
The law also asks what is reasonably foreseeable. In other words, is it reasonable to expect pedestrians in a certain place?
If so, then drivers may be held to a higher standard. Examples of these situations include:
Areas around college campuses
Hospital and medical complexes
Public parks and recreational areas
What to Do After a Pedestrian Collision
Further, if struck by a careless driver in Oklahoma, do not take chances and do not agree to let the driver leave without calling the police. Equally important, insist on documenting the accident. Here are a few quick tips to remember:
Call the Police/Emergency Services.
You need to make sure you call the authorities. This will ensure that there is proper documentation. Likewise, it will also help you get all the insurance information you will need.
Go to the Hospital.
Don’t delay your medical care. Get into the hospital right away. For instance, make sure you don’t have any broken bones, a concussion, brain bleeds, traumatic brain injuries, disc injuries, or similar traumas. Many injuries are latent and take weeks to show up. By then, the insurance company will claim your injuries are not unrelated.
Call an Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorney.
Finally, as soon as possible, reach out to Dodd Henry to schedule a free initial meeting with a lawyer near you. With offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Norman, we are here to help. Our attorneys have been fighting insurance companies and protecting injured clients for years.
Things to Avoid After a Pedestrian Crash
Finally, just remember that insurance companies can be very clever about avoiding liability. If injured in a pedestrian crash, here are some things to avoid:
Do not speak to insurance adjusters without your attorney
Never sign anything without speaking to your attorney
Do not agree to give a recorded statement
Avoid performing manual labor in public or do tasks that could make you look uninjured
Do not attempt to destroy or alter evidence
Getting Experienced Legal Help is Crucial
At Dodd Henry, you can rest assured you are working with a firm led by one of the most experienced and renowned attorneys in the country. Roger Dodd has led seminars and trained many trial lawyers throughout his long and distinguished career.
If you were injured in a pedestrian crash, let our firm help you recover compensation.