Being a pedestrian can be dangerous. Traffic accidents involving pedestrians are not uncommon. Unfortunately, all it takes is an inattentive motorist for one of these incidents to occur. Pedestrians can be severely injured in these accidents because they are often unprotected while a motorist has the car, seatbelts, and airbags to keep them safe. Here at Beckerman Anderson, APC we care about your safety and suggest these tips if you are ever hit by a vehicle.
Seek Medical Assistance
If you’re in a pedestrian accident it can be hard to assess the extent of your injuries. It is not uncommon for the body to go into shock or go unconscious after being hit with the impact of a car. If you can, the first thing you should do is call for medical assistance.
Call the Authorities
You’ll want a report of what happened at the scene of the accident so it’s important to call the authorities. Some accident lawyers and insurance companies require a police report, so it can become crucial to have this paperwork.
Make sure you document everything. You’ll want to take down the driver’s information, including the make and model of their car. Take down the names and phone numbers of any witnesses, and the name of any officers on scene. You should also keep tabs on any medical bills from injuries sustained during the accident.
Seek Legal Assistance
Whether the fault was yours or the motorist, it’s probably safe to call a lawyer who is familiar with pedestrian accidents. You’ll also want to keep your conversations with the motorist or insurance companies to a minimum until you speak with a lawyer. You don’t want them using anything you say against you. Hiring a trial lawyer is a smart move if your case ends up going to court.
Be sure to be vigilant when you’re walking the streets. If you’re ever in a pedestrian accident, make sure to follow these tips, and give us a call at 949-409-4299 and we will handle the rest.