Pedestrians should be safe on the road, but negligent drivers make this goal virtually impossible. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 6,516 pedestrians were killed in 2020, and 55,000 suffered injuries nationwide as a result of crashes.
If you are injured as a pedestrian, you should act quickly to protect your rights. The following are four things to do after a pedestrian accident in pursuit of this aim.
Determine your injuries
If a car hits you, you should determine if you have sustained injuries. Even if you don’t feel hurt, you may be injured because adrenaline may take your attention from the pain. If emergency services don’t come to the scene or delay, you should go to a hospital after filing the police report so that “invisible” injuries can potentially be ascertained even if you believe that you’re fine.
Call the police
It will help to call the police to the accident scene to file a report. The witnesses or the driver may have done this. If not, you should do it, as the information in a police report can help you as you pursue justice. The police may notify 911 to come to the scene to check if anyone was injured.
Get the driver’s information
You should get the driver’s name, contact information and license plate number even if you believe you are not injured. While doing this, do not apologize or state you are not hurt.
Evidence is crucial in accident claims. You’ll need to take pictures of your injuries, the vehicle, the accident scene and the surroundings. Also, get the information of any witnesses.
If you are injured as a pedestrian, you need to be careful about the steps you take in the aftermath of the crash. In addition, consider seeking legal guidance to pursue the compensation you deserve.