On Wednesday night, March 9, 2016, in Rogers, Arkansas, a pedestrian was hit by a car and transported to the hospital. This comes just two weeks after a woman, who was jogging in Bentonville, was hit and killed by a car. In Northwest Arkansas there are many bike paths and walking trails that cross roadways and drivers are not always on the lookout. It is important to know what to do if this were to happen to you or someone you know.
Getting hit by a car when you are walking or jogging is very serious. You are likely to suffer more serious injuries and a longer recovery. The accident is likely to get news coverage making it more public for both you and your loved ones.
It is not a car wreck in the typical sense. In cases where a person is hit in a cross-walk, jogging, or when riding a bicycle; it is important to seek advice from an attorney as soon as possible after the accident to figure out how you should go forward.
There are issues, which come up that are time sensitive. Investigating the scene, testing the vehicle, preserving evidence, or making further investigation is the most reliable if performed very shortly after the accident.
In addition to the actual accident, medical treatment will likely get very expensive, very quickly. Emergency Room and Ambulance bills alone are going to very high. This is where having an attorney who handles these type of cases becomes a true benefit, because the attorney can take action to make sure health insurance and Medical Payments coverage are being utilized, among other things.
Being struck by a car when you are on foot is a big deal and likely cause permanent injuries or death. The last thing you want to deal with when something like this happens to you or a loved one is the at-fault driver’s insurance company, and without an attorney you will have to deal with the insurance company, and they are not likely to leave you alone to heal or grieve.