In accidents between pedestrians and motor vehicles, pedestrians are usually the ones to come out with serious injuries. If you are someone who frequently travels by foot, this is a danger you hope to avoid, but must know how to confront should the need arise. If you are struck by a car, and you are able to do so, there are crucial steps you must take to protect yourself, and your future rights in the matter.
1. Call the police
It is extremely important to have a police report. If you are injured, let the police know immediately. Provide honest answers to questions posed by the responding officers. If you don’t feel right or if you are in pain, let them know that you need medical attention immediately. Do not admit fault. Please remember that any statements you make to the police can be used against you. If you feel dazed or confused, it is better to avoid talking and to seek medical treatment immediately.
2. Exchange information
You will want the name, contact information, and insurance details from the driver of the vehicle. If there are any witnesses to the accident, you should get their contact information as well.
3. Stay put
Make sure you stay at the scene of the accident until help arrives. You do not want to move around if you’ve been injured. Even if you think you are feeling fine, you should make absolutely sure that you haven’t been injured. Most injuries surface hours or even days after an accident.
4. Take photos
Nothing captures a scene like a photo. Take as many photos as you can of the accident scene including where you were walking, traffic lights, crosswalks, and the position of the vehicle that hit you. Even if you don’t have a camera, use your cell phone camera.
5. Seek medical attention
Even if you aren’t sure if you are hurt, see a professional. Whiplash, back, and neck injuries can take time to manifest. If not treated, these injuries can get worse. If you do not seek medical attention promptly, and if your injuries worsen, you may be faulted later for not seeking treatment soon enough. This may lead to the value of your claim being reduced.
6. Limit what you say
You do not want to make any statements on record. Do not discuss your case with an insurance company before talking to your own attorney.
7. Retain a lawyer
Being involved in an auto accident means dealing with insurance companies. These are seasoned professionals who have been trained to reduce the value of your claim. You need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney on your side, who will fight for your rights and look out for your best interests.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, please contact the Bernard Law Group. We have the knowledge, experience, and the resources to handle your case successfully and to help you secure fair compensation for your injuries and losses.
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