You were minding your own business until, suddenly, you weren’t on your feet anymore. No one leaves their house expecting to be hit by a car, but it happens far more often than many think. When it does, there are certain precautions every person should take — regardless of how hard you were hit.
Stay calm. Yelling and screaming may make you feel better but it has the ability to make everything worse. You can anger the driver. Instead, take a few deep breaths. If your injuries are not too serious, move off of the road and to a safer area. Make sure the driver moves his or her vehicle and waits with you.
Call the police every time. Most people think if they don’t immediately feel injured, they should just get up and move on. It is always possible to go to the police after the fact. However, you can’t file a report after the accident so you need to call the police right away. And a report documenting the accident may be needed for the driver’s insurance company to protect you and your insurance against liability.
Make sure that the driver and any witnesses stay at the scene of an accident. Even if you don’t think you are hurt, make sure that the driver doesn’t leave the scene. The same goes for witnesses. You are going to need everyone to talk to the police, even if you feel fine afterwards. A few hours (or days) later you may realize that you really did get hurt. If the driver leaves before you are able to get up, try to get a picture of the license plate of the vehicle. If that is not possible, try to remember what type of vehicle it was as well as the color. Police will need to find the driver and fleeing the scene of an accident can carry its own charges.
While you are waiting, get the information that you need from the driver. You need the same information that you do if you were in a vehicle. Get their name, address, driver’s license number, insurance, and even their license plate.
Take a lot of photos. Evidence is important for the police and any insurance claims. Don’t forget to take pictures of yourself, the damage to the car, the location where you are hit, any signs around there (or stop signs), and anything else that you think may help.
Make it a point to speak to the police when they arrive. It is amazing how many police reports are missing anything from the person who got hit. Though this may be because many are sent by ambulance for care, make sure that you take the time to talk to the police.
Get medical attention — even if you don’t feel like you need it. Shock can make you feel fine after the accident and hours later, you find yourself in real trouble. For this reason, you should always visit a doctor to rule out any hidden injuries which may not manifest until days, weeks, or months later.
Hire a lawyer. Don’t go through this alone. An experienced lawyer can ensure that you get everything that you deserve out of this accident. Without one, you might not even have a chance of getting your medical costs and other costs covered.
If you have been hit by a vehicle, contact us to help you with all of your legal needs. By following all of the steps above, you are more likely to get the compensation that you deserve.