When an auto-pedestrian accident occurs, many do not know what to do after. Whether you were the driver in the accident or the injured pedestrian, it’s crucial to not leave the scene. In some states, hit-and-run car accidents make up about 25% of all motor vehicle accidents. Many of the pedestrians involved in hit-and-runs end up succumbing to their injuries because they failed to receive medical aid in time. In order to protect yourself and those around you, follow this step-by-step guide.
What to Do if You Were the Pedestrian
If you were walking along a sidewalk or crossing the street and struck by a car, here is what you should do next.
1. Get to a Safe Location
If you are capable enough, get to a safe location and away from traffic immediately. In addition, make sure that area is well-lit and that you are visible enough to avoid contact with any other vehicles. However, if you are too hurt, do not aggravate your injuries. If you need assistance, you can also ask the motorist for help.
2. Call for Help
Immediately call the police. If your phone was damaged, ask any bystanders to make the call. Tell them that you have been struck and you need medical attention. You can also ask the involved driver for help.
However, if the driver has fled the scene, share any memorable details with the dispatcher. For example, give them the make and model of the car, the color of the car, or which direction the driver was going. In addition, tell the dispatcher what area of the car you made impact with. Any dents or damage to the vehicle may be visible. Therefore, it will make it easier to track the fleeing driver down.
3. Document the Scene
Take any photos you can that is relevant to the accident and your injuries. You will want to capture images of the vehicle that hit you, the roadways, the weather, and where you were hurt. These images will be used as evidence if you choose to pursue a personal injury claim.
In addition, take notes of everything you can remember about the pedestrian accident. An officer will create a police report documenting all of these details. However, you want to keep a personal record, as well.
4. Get Insurance Information
If the driver is still present, collect contact information, insurance details, and the driver’s license number. You will need this information for insurance purposes. In addition, you won’t be liable for any medical costs to treat your injuries.
What to Do if You Were the Driver
This is a situation no driver ever wants to be in. However, it happens far too often. If you were in an accident involving a pedestrian, follow these steps.
1. Stop and Pull Over
You may be in shock after hitting someone. Your first instinct may even be to drive off. Under no circumstances should you leave the scene of the accident. In addition, you must stop driving and safely park on the side of the road. Make sure the pedestrian is also in a safe place. However, do not move or touch the individual, as you could worsen the injuries.
2. Call the Police
Call the police immediately. Then, inform the dispatcher that there has been a car accident and a pedestrian has been struck. Also, request for medical aid to be sent. During this call, you do not have to share any details about the accident. Your main concern should be to get emergency assistance as soon as possible.
In addition, until an investigation has been conducted, it will not be entirely clear who was at fault for the accident. Once law enforcement arrives, they will take witness statements and examine the scene to get a better idea of what happened.
3. Exchange Information
Exchange information with all parties involved in the collision. This includes other motorists and the pedestrian. You will need to collect information such as name and phone numbers, driver’s license numbers, and insurance details. In addition, you will also need to provide your information.
4. Take Photos
While waiting for help to arrive, take photos of everything for evidence. For example, take photos and videos of any damage done to the vehicle, the roadways, and any injuries sustained. In addition, take photos of any relevant details.
How a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Can Help You
Depending on if you were the plaintiff (victim) or the defendant (driver), you will need an attorney who specializes in car accident cases. Having an experienced attorney on your side to help you navigate the complicated legal proceedings is beneficial. Insurance paperwork and reaching a settlement agreement will not be an easy process, especially if you’re not in your healthiest state.
It can be an extremely stressful time following a pedestrian auto accident. A lawyer can make an already difficult process go much more smoothly.
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If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, it is important to know the steps you must take immediately after. Knowing the proper steps will help you recover compensation for your injuries and pay for your medical bills.
If you are looking for more information on what to do after an auto accident, or just want to know what legal options you may have, contact Alpha Accident Lawyers. We are an experienced team of auto accident attorneys who are ready to fight for you. Contact us today to receive a free case assessment.Call for Your Free Consultation