What to do After a Pedestrian Accident in Delaware

People often use walking as a means to get to where they need to be or even as a form of exercise. All pedestrians to be cautious and aware of their surroundings at all times. This is because, while out walking, it is possible to be involved in an accident with an automobile. Pedestrians do not have the same protection to their body that drivers have in their cars. In the event of an accident, pedestrians can suffer severe injuries that can impact the rest of their lives as a result.

It is important to know that when a pedestrian is involved in an automobile accident, they may be able to receive financial compensation. Compensation can be sought in different ways to provide coverage for any damages that stem from the accident. This can include any medical bills, lost wages, or emotional suffering. This allows injured individuals to focus on recovering instead of worrying about affording certain expenses.

Personal Injury Protection

If a pedestrian is injured by an automobile in an accident, they may be covered by Personal Injury Protection (PIP). This is no-fault insurance that many automobile insurance policies carry for those who are involved in motor vehicle accidents. This provides them with compensation to cover any expenses that stem from the accident. This compensation is available to all victims of an accident without care of who is at fault.

It is important to know that it is possible to receive additional compensation if PIP does not cover the entirety of these costs. This can be done by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. This works to hold a negligent party responsible for the accident and the injuries they caused. If the driver is found guilty of negligence, they may be required to further compensate the injured party.

Proving Negligence

Sometimes, accidents happen due to the negligence of a driver. When this happens, that driver can be held responsible for their behavior. In doing so, the injured party is required to prove how the negligent party caused the accident, thus leading to their injuries and further damages. Actions that may be deemed as negligence can include using a phone while driving, driving under the influence, reckless driving, speeding, and more. If successful, the injured party may receive compensation from the negligent driver to cover any traumas as a result of the accident.

It is possible for a third party to be involved in causing an accident. This may be the case if the vehicle manufacturer or a municipality was negligent. When this happens, the injured party can still receive compensation from these third parties. When accidents happen, people often suffer physically and emotionally. This is why they can be awarded both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages cover medical bills and lost wages while non-economic damages cover exist for traumas such as pain and suffering.

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