I Am A Pedestrian That Was Hit By A Car, What Now?

As a pedestrian you never think that it will be you that is hit by a car. The sad reality is that pedestrians get hit by cars every day.  If you are hit by are car, it is important to understand what you should do immediately after the collision, what benefits you are entitled to, and what your rights are regarding compensation.

What To Do After Being Hit By A Car

Being hit by a vehicle as a pedestrian is disorientating, confusing, and scary. The first thing to do is to make sure that your medical needs are met, you may require an ambulance.  Secondly, be sure to gather the information of the driver that hit you. Specifically, their full name, address, and the details of their insurance coverage. (the name of the insurance company, the policy number, and effective dates of the policy). One of the easiest ways to do this is take a photo of their driver’s license and insurance card with your phone. Thirdly, you should report the accident to the police. In Nova Scotia it is required by law to make a police report for any incident that involves personal injury or property damage over $2000 dollars.

My Claim Was Denied By The Car Owner’s Insurer

There can be multiple reasons as to why a pedestrian-vehicle collision claim might be denied. Most commonly, the driver’s insurance company will claim that the pedestrian is at fault for the accident, Generally, these denials are based on claims the pedestrian was jaywalking or crossing during a red light. Even if the insurance company denies your claim, this does not necessarily mean you are not entitled to compensation. If your claim is denied you should contact a Halifax personal injury lawyer to help you assess the liability and damages of your claim.

What Benefits Are Available To Me After A Pedestrian-Vehicle Collision?

Even if the pedestrian accident was your fault there are still certain benefits that you are automatically entitled to receive through the car owners insurance In Nova Scotia this coverage is called “No Fault,” “Section B,” or “Accident Benefit” coverage. There are two categories to these benefits medical and financial:

  • Up to $50,000 in medical and rehabilitation benefits up to four years after the accident. This can cover expenses for medical treatment, rehabilitation and travel resulting from the collision.
  • Up to $250 dollars a week to make up for lost income.

Contact Our Accident Lawyer in Halifax Today for Help with Your Car Accident Claim

Most accident victims do not immediately know what their rights are or how to commence an injury claim. Hiring a lawyer in the early stages will assist you through the complex process and help you understand how the injury claims process works.

Having an accident lawyer will help you determine how laws are interpreted including the Motor Vehicle Act, the Insurance Act and the Criminal Code of Canada.  A competent car accident lawyer in Halifax will investigate the accident, ensure you have all the important documentation, explain to you how the process will proceed from one stage to another, and ensure you get full compensation. Reach out to us now for help with your car accident claim.

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