If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident with a motor vehicle and there were no witnesses on the scene to corroborate your version of the events, you may need to rely on other evidentiary information to support your personal injury claim. If the driver of the car is denying fault and you are experiencing lost time at work along with mounting medical bills, you may feel like you’re fighting for your life.
Knowing what resources are available to prove fault in a “he says/she says” type of accident will empower you and help you understand what steps you can take to protect yourself.
The other driver is lying. How can I prove it?
If creditability is a factor in your pedestrian accident case, it is important to find out as much as you can to prove that the responsible party is lying. You may recall things that the driver said on the scene of the incident that conflicts with his current account of the accident. Be sure to be prepared to give your version of the story and note any discrepancies in the driver’s story.
But discovering other types of evidence can be essential. This might include video surveillance from traffic lights, store surveillance video from nearby storefronts, and more. Read on for more types of evidence or testimony that may help prove fault for a pedestrian accident.
Are there experts who can help me prove the way the pedestrian accident happened?
Expert witnesses can evaluate the crash scene and support your version of the story. In pedestrian accidents with motor vehicles, it shouldn’t be as difficult to convince a judge or jury of the driver’s fault. Unless the driver can prove that you were jaywalking, violated a traffic signal, or ran in front of a moving vehicle, you may have an advantage in this type of case. Motorists have a responsibility to control their vehicle and be on the lookout for pedestrians walking against traffic.
Ask the expert to evaluate if it can be proven that you were on the correct side of the street walking against traffic, as required when walking in the street if there is no sidewalk. Recreating the scene if possible will help prove your pedestrian accident case.
How important is a police report in a pedestrian accident case?
If you sustained injuries, you should have access to a police report. Officers on the scene would have documented where you were hit, where you may have landed after impact, and where the vehicle was at the time of collision. Photographs may have been taken that will help you build your case. You can generally order a copy of your report within a few days of your accident. Ask your lawyer to review the report for helpful information.
Can my injuries be proof of fault for the pedestrian accident?
It is possible that the way you were struck by the vehicle will provide clues to how the pedestrian accident happened. But this can vary depending on the circumstances of the accident. Allow your injury attorney access to medical records. Your lawyer may even speak with your doctor about the injuries you sustained in the accident.
Call Cordisco & Saile LLC in Pennsylvania for Help with Your Pedestrian Accident
If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident in Pennsylvania and need legal representation, Cordisco & Saile LLC can help. We handle personal injury and accident cases and can help you build your case against the responsible party. Call us today at 215-642-2335 or contact us via our online contact form.