Getting hit by a car is a scary, unimaginable event. In any tragic situation, it is best to know how to react. In the event of a collision, there are some steps you should take to protect yourself. These steps include medical, financial, and legal actions. There could be consequences if you don’t have a strategy in place for this type of situation. If you are ever hit by a car as a pedestrian, it helps to remain calm and keep the driver on the scene. You should also call the police if you are able, collect as much information as possible, and contact a personal injury attorney.
After you have been hit by a car, you may deal with a rush of adrenaline and a mix of emotions. This swirl of emotions can be overwhelming. Sometimes a pedestrian or bicyclist that has been struck decides to unleash rage on the driver. Although anger may be understandable after being hit by a car, you must try to stay calm and avoid attacking the driver. Staying calm will help you be able to better communicate with the driver, police officers, and paramedics. Finally, remember to move out of the street to a driveway, parking lot, or sidewalk to avoid traffic.
Keep the driver on scene
Even if you feel uninjured directly after being hit by a car, it does not mean you were not injured, especially after a rush of adrenaline. You should not let this feeling deceive you. It is common for a pedestrian or bicyclist to think they are unharmed and let the driver go. These people may find they have a broken wrist, head injury, or internal bleeding hours after the accident. It is always best to keep the driver there long enough to get their information and speak to the police.
Call the police
You typically have to call the police while you are still at the scene of the accident to file a report. Some people think they can leave the scene and file an accident report later, only to be disappointed when the police tell them otherwise. If you are able, call the police and wait for them at the scene. They can properly document the details of the accident and provide legal documents in the case you file a personal injury lawsuit.
Collect information and take photos
While waiting for the police, you may consider taking photos and asking the driver for their information. You should get their driver’s license number, insurance information, and license plate number. If you feel unsafe or you are uncomfortable speaking with the driver, the police can get this information for you once they arrive. Take photos of your bike if you have one, the driver’s car, the traffic light, the intersection, and anything else that may be helpful.
Hiring a personal injury lawyer to help with your claim
Hiring a personal injury lawyer will help you navigate the legal process without the headache of having to do it on your own. If you were injured after being hit by a car, Attorney Dean Boyd can help you get the money you deserve. You can call us at (806) 242-3333 or Contact Us by email to learn more about our Services. You can also visit our office at 4423 SW 45th Ave in Amarillo, Texas or 10623 Quaker Ave #102 in Lubbock, Texas for more information about how we can help you.