#BPDTrafficAdvisory: The Boston Police Dept. is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash in the area of 1316 Commonwealth Ave. Comm Ave will be closed until further notice to motor vehicle traffic from Harvard Ave to Allston St. Please avoid the area and seek alternate routes.
— Boston Police Dept. (@bostonpolice) June 6, 2018
In Boston today, an elderly man was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. The driver was later discovered and placed in police custody. This is yet another example of the dangers associated with not just driving in Boston, but simply walking through the congested streets and sidewalks.
Pedestrian accidents are particularly dangerous due to the size and weight of a motor vehicle making contact with an unprotected pedestrian. Many pedestrian accidents result in catastrophic injuries and in some cases, like todays incident, death.
Moreover, distracted driving is on the rise, causing even more accidents. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, it’s important that you take immediate steps to ensure the other driver’s insurance policy will cover your medical bills and lost wages, as well as other forms of compensation. Of course, if you’re injured, seeking medical attention is your first priority. If (and when) it’s possible, take the following steps to ensure your rights to compensation are protected.
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- Get contact information. If you’re conscious and able, give your name and phone number to the driver of the car and take his or her information. In all likelihood, the driver is scared and worried, and it’s vital you get this information before he realizes he may be in trouble.
- Call the police. No matter who appears to be at fault, how injured you seem to be, or how much traffic is backed up, take the time to contact the police if they haven’t already been called. An official investigation of the accident and police report will be necessary to support your insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
- Report the accident to your own car insurance company. If it turns out the driver who hit you is uninsured—or is carrying a minimal policy—you may need to file a claim with your car insurance company to get all the compensation you need for a full recovery. If you haven’t reported the accident and then later file a claim, you could run into trouble.
- File your own incident report. If you were rushed to the hospital, chances are you didn’t have a chance to speak with the police. It’s important to give your side of the story. Once you’re healthy enough and able to, contact your local police department and ask how you can fill out an operator/incident report. Explain that you were involved in an accident, but didn’t have a chance to speak with the police. The department telephone operator should be able to tell you how to complete an incident report.
- Ask for video footage. Some accidents are caught on film by local businesses and street cameras. Call the business owner or the city clerk and explain you were in an accident that was caught on film. Ask them to hold on to the tape and ask how you may obtain a copy.
If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, feel free to contact Combies Hanson, PC. for a free consultation at (617) 556-9964 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office has recovered millions for victims of negligence in Boston and surrounding communities.