Walking along roads and crossing streets can put you at risk of being hit by a car, even if you’re careful. According to the CDC, roughly 137,000 pedestrians had to go to the emergency room for treatment due to these types of accidents in 2017, and 5,977 pedestrians died due to traffic accidents that same year.
It’s important to know what to do if you have been injured by a car as a pedestrian so that you can get the care you need. You might also want to consider working with a personal injury attorney to seek compensation for your injuries.
Get Medical Help
Whether you have minor or severe injuries after being hit by a vehicle, the first thing you should do is seek medical care. For serious injuries, you or someone who is with you should call 911 for emergency medical care. For minor injuries, you should see your doctor. While you’re waiting for medical help, make sure you note your injuries, such as which parts of your body have been hurt and how severe pain or other symptoms are. Let medical personnel know as much as possible about the symptoms you’re experiencing.
Get a Police Report
Calling the police to the scene of the accident ensures that you get a police report. Your insurance company will need this. The police report also gives you an opportunity to go over the details of what happened while they’re fresh in your mind. These details can end up being a crucial part of your case if you decide to seek compensation for your injuries. You should avoid discussing who was at fault at the scene. Instead, you can discuss this with a personal injury lawyer.
Call Your Insurance Company
Call your car insurance company right away to let them know about the accident and your injuries. Your insurance policy might include coverage for your injuries. If you need to file for disability or other medical claims due to your injuries, this is an important step.
Consider Legal Help
If you were injured as a pedestrian through no fault of your own, you should consider filing a personal injury claim. This helps you seek financial compensation, which can help cover the cost of your medical bills and other expenses related to the accident. A personal injury attorney will work with you to ensure that you have all of the evidence and documents you need to file a claim and that this process is done correctly.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been hurt in a pedestrian accident, please contact Harrell & Harrell today to get a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. Our attorney can go through your case details and help you determine if you should file a personal injury claim.