A pedestrian who is hit by a car is likely going to feel some shock and stress because of the incident. Thinking clearly might not be something that is possible right after the accident. Having a plan of action when you are planning a walk might help you to remember what to do if you are struck by a car.
First, contact emergency services so you can get the police and medical assistance to the scene. The police are required to be notified anytime there is an injury in an accident. Even if you don’t think that you need to get medical care, you should still get an evaluation. This can be done by paramedics on the scene or it can be done at the hospital or doctor’s office.
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Second, get the contact information for the driver who struck you and anyone who saw what happened. If you can’t get this information, the police officers will likely get the information and include it on the police report. You can contact the responding precinct to find out how to obtain a copy of the report.
Third, get pictures of the scene if possible. Even cellphone pictures will work for this. The pictures might help you to show what happened if you opt to seek compensation for the injuries you suffered in the accident.
If you do choose to seek compensation, you will need to determine what damages you suffered. These can include a variety of things, but two main types are medical bills and missed wages. From there, you can explore other damage types like loss of enjoyment of life.
Source: FindLaw, “Pedestrian Hit by a Car: What to Do After the Accident,” George Khoury, Esq., accessed March 03, 2017
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