PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS: 5 STEPS TO TAKE IF YOU'RE A HIT BY A CAR
March 1, 2019
When you're walking alongside or across a street, you expect to be able to do so safely. Unfortunately, hundreds of pedestrians are hit by cars every year, especially in busy areas like Las Vegas. So while about 52% of personal injury cases are filed because of car accidents, it's important to know what to do if you've been hit by a car. This article is going to discuss a few essential steps to take if you're involved in a pedestrian accident.
Get medical attention: Before you do anything else, you should receive medical attention. Even if you feel fine, medical attention is necessary. This is important to both ensure you don't have any internal injuries that need care and to prove that you were seen by a medical professional for future personal injury matters.
Exchange information with the driver: You always need to make sure you get the information of the driver who hit you. You should get their contact information, license plate number, and insurance information. If possible, try to get contact information for any witnesses nearby.
Call the police: When you get hit by a car, you're going to want to talk to the police. Having a police report written up is important for insurance claims and personal injury cases. Make sure to report the accident, make your voice heard, and don't be afraid to double check the information written in the report.
Talk to your insurance company: For any type of accident, especially one that involves medical bills, you're going to need to talk to your insurance company. If you were severely injured from the accidents, it's crucial to simply tell the insurance company the basics of what happened and let your lawyer talk to them about further matters.
Hire an accident attorney: Just like you would for a car crash, it's important to hire an accident attorney if you've been hit by a car. A personal injury lawyer will help you build a case, handle insurance offers, and gather the necessary evidence. If you want to best chance at fair compensation for the accident, work with an attorney.
Getting hit by a car can be a really horrible, scary event. So make sure to follow these steps to receive the best outcome of your case possible.