Car accidents are often devastating incidents that cause serious damage and injuries. Car-on-car crashes are certainly worrisome, but car-on-pedestrian crashes are often much more severe.
The issue with pedestrians is that they have no protection against a massive vehicle during an accident. A car typically provides protection in the form of a metal body to physically absorb impact. Walking eliminates this and that means you’ll directly sustain the full force of a car.
Because of this, pedestrian-car accidents are often deadly. It is projected that roughly 6,950 pedestrians were killed in 2019 and this number is only growing due to factors like increased distraction and a preference for sports utility vehicles (SUVs).
Should you ever get hit by a car while you are a pedestrian, you’ll need to act quickly to get the justice you deserve. If you’re at all able to move around, there are a few measures you should take to protect yourself.
We’ll go over these steps below
Collect the Driver’s Information
One of the most important things you can do is to collect the driver’s information.
This can be tricky sometimes, especially if you’re the victim of a hit-and-run accident. Hopefully, the other driver has a conscience and will stop to ensure that you’re okay.
When this happens, you should be sure to collect as much information as possible. You’ll need this later on when you go to file a claim against their insurance.
This means that you should collect their name, phone number, address, driver’s license number, license plate number, make, model, and color of their vehicle, their insurance provider, contact information for their insurance, and their policy number.
As you can see, there’s a lot of information to cover and it’s easy to overlook a detail. If nothing else, focus on their license plate number, which can help you discover other details later on.
The more information you have about the driver, the easier it will be for you to pinpoint who hit you and get the compensation you deserve.
Gather Evidence at the Scene
If you’re able to, gather evidence at the scene to paint a clear picture of what happened.
This may be difficult considering that the best course of action after getting hit by a car is to stay still. Unless your injuries are glaringly minor, you should have a friend or a bystander help you with this.
Gathering evidence is critical because you want to be able to prove that the other driver hit you. Your injuries may be obvious, but they do not show that the driver was being negligent when they hit you.
This raises the possibility of you having some responsibility in the accident, which can reduce or eliminate your claim to compensation. On the other hand, being able to spell out what happened can make a fair claim a done deal.
Your best option is to look for evidence like witnesses, street cameras, photos of the accident scene, and a police report to help corroborate your side of the case.
When you have concrete evidence that a driver hit you negligently, you’ll face far fewer legal hurdles on your path to compensation.
Seek Prompt Medical Care
You must also seek prompt medical care regardless of how you may feel.
In particular, there are two important reasons for this.
First, the extent of your injuries may not be obvious right after getting hit. Your body may be filled with adrenaline, which suppresses your feelings of pain.
When this happens, you may feel fine despite having serious internal injuries. Neglecting this and moving around can exacerbate these injuries and worsen your condition.
The other reason for prompt medical care is to create documentation of your injuries. Similar to needing evidence to prove fault, you’ll need to prove that the accident caused your injuries and show the extent of them.
Visiting a doctor begins a much-needed paper trail that directly affects how much you’ll receive in a personal injury claim. Visiting weeks later will understate your injuries and may show that you weren’t very affected by the accident.
Considering this, seek out medical assistance after getting hit regardless of how you feel.
Consult Legal Aid
Lastly, consider consulting legal aid to understand if your accident is valid for a personal injury claim.
In an ideal scenario, the driver that hit you is insured. Better yet, you have the evidence and documentation needed to validate a claim and the driver’s insurance make you a settlement offer.
While your goal is to receive due compensation for your injuries, insurance companies do not care about you.
Instead, they seek only to protect their profits and will do whatever they can to minimize your compensation. This is why you must work so hard to gather evidence and collect documentation.
As a result of this, any offer you receive is likely unfair and unacceptable. You don’t need to accept this offer, but taking it will restrict you from further compensation.
Your best option here is to speak with a lawyer and see what your case is worth. Many lawyers offer free consultations and others work on a contingency basis, meaning legal assistance is affordable and within your reach.
A good lawyer can study your case and figure out what you deserve. With this information, they can pursue your case to get you the sum you are owed.
Pedestrian car accidents are often serious due to the size and power discrepancy between humans and cars. Many pedestrian accidents are deadly, but others leave significant injuries that cause long-term complications and pain.
Getting what you deserve from a crash requires the right response after getting hit. This entails collecting the driver’s information, gathering evidence at the scene, seeking prompt medical care, and consulting legal aid.
If you’re the victim of a driver’s negligence, then you are entitled to be made right. Ensure this happens by finding a reputable lawyer to represent your case and seek justice.