Serious – even deadly – consequences can result from two cars crashing. But when car accidents involve pedestrians the stakes are much, much higher. Regardless of where the pedestrian is at the time of the accident (jogging, crossing the street, standing on the sidewalk), when he or she is hit by a vehicle it often results in very serious physical, emotional, and financial damage.
Unfortunately, inattentive drivers have become something of the norm.
In fact, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, in 2016, 70,000 pedestrians were injured in car accidents and while unpleasant to think about, it is important to understand what to do should you end up as a part of these statistics.
How you handle the situation after being hit by a vehicle can have a great impact on your ability to sue for damages and ultimately recover. To tackle all of the important steps, be sure to do the following.
Call 911 and Seek Medical Attention
One of the very first things that must be done when you have been involved in an accident is to call 911 right away. Be sure to request police and medical attention. Be sure that you let the EMTs check you out and take you to the hospital if necessary, even if you feel okay. Since injuries sometimes take a couple of weeks or months to show up, having a hospital record can help to support your claim for your injuries later on.
Be Sure There is a Police Report
When you call 911, it is most likely that a police officer will come to the scene of the accident. However, if they do not show up, be sure that you contact them to show up. Establishing a police report can also support your insurance claim in a personal injury lawsuit, so this is important.
Obtain the Driver’s Contact Information
If you are physically able to, be sure to collect the contact information of the driver of the car that hit you. This includes details such as name, phone number, insurance information, etc. It is very important to obtain this information prior to the driver leaving the scene. If you must be whisked away to seek medical attention, have any family member or friend with you get the other person’s information.
Report the Accident to Your Insurance Provider
If the driver who hit you is underinsured or is uninsured, you may have to file a report with your own insurance company to receive the necessary compensation for your recovery. This is important to do soon after the accident occurs. Should you fail to report the accident but later decide to file a claim it can make things quite complicated.
Call a Qualified Personal Injury Attorney
If while a pedestrian you have suffered injuries from being hit by a car, by far one of the most important steps to take is to consult with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who has the experience of working with insurance companies and can help to get you the compensation that you deserve
The Attorneys at Jones Kahan Law, LLC Can Help Pedestrians Involved in Car Accidents
If a car injured you or a loved one while you were a pedestrian, it can greatly impact many parts of your life. The physical, emotional, and financial toll can be overwhelming. That’s why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced auto accident attorney.
At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, our Cincinnati personal injury attorneys have a long history of dealing with pedestrian injuries and have helped our clients to recover the compensation that they deserve. We will fight for what is in your best interest. We don’t charge you any attorneys’ fees until we win your case. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today.