Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
Your recent Vancouver pedestrian accident left you feeling bruised and frustrated.
What should you do next? Where should you start?
Even if you did not endure a traumatic brain injury, you should not be expected to think four steps ahead regarding your case.
The fact is, you are about to be involved in a sensitive negotiation over liability and damages. Perhaps you will be negotiating with the driver who hit you or that driver’s insurance company. Maybe you will take action against a restaurant owner who failed to put up clear signage in his parking lot.
In any case, you will need to work to define the narrative of the accident.
Human beings are creatures of consistency. Once we choose a position, we want to avoid changing it. Likewise, once a narrative about your case has formed in the minds of jury members or a judge, you may find it extremely difficult to change anyone’s opinion in a substantial way.
Here is an analogy from economics. Imagine if someone tried to sell you a rare coin worth $100. You might haggle to get the price down to something more “fair” like $55. But, what if the starting price had been $1,000? You would have a much tougher time negotiating the price all the way down to $55 because of where the negotiation began.
The point is this: He who first defines the terms of the starting point of the negotiation often controls the negotiation—or at least has the upper hand.
So, how can you control what will happen with your accident case?
You are not a lawyer, and the nuances of personal injury law are complex. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel or “go it alone,” or you may fail to be fairly compensated.
Connect with a Vancouver pedestrian accident lawyer now at 604-255-9018 for a free evaluation of your case. You may also wish to download McComb Witten's free report, Pedestrian Safety Manual - Don't Cross the Street Until You've Read This Report! for more information.
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