Drivers aren’t the only ones on the roads who are at risk of getting into an accident. Pedestrians are also at risk of serious injuries or death when they’ve been hit by a reckless driver.
A motorist may know what to do when they’ve hit another vehicle, but pedestrians may be at a loss of what to do after getting hit by a car. That said, there are several steps you can take after an accident to secure your personal injury claim.
It’s vital that you don’t walk away from the scene of the accident just because you happen to feel alright at the time. Adrenaline and shock can mask any pain you might feel, and internal bleeding isn’t visible.
Seek medical attention as soon as you’re able. Not only does this ensure your injuries are treated but it also helps you establish that you’ve suffered an injury due to the driver’s negligence.
If you’re physically able to, contact law enforcement and emergency responders as soon as you can after the accident. When you immediately report the accident, you’re able to establish a timeline of the events in your personal injury case.
The police report taken by law enforcement will include the location and time of the accident. Make sure that you request a copy of the report.
You need to talk to the at-fault driver to get as much information about them as you can including their name, phone number, insurance information, license plate number, and driver’s license number.
Make sure that you stick only to getting the driver’s basic information. Don’t tell the driver what you were doing before the accident or apologize for the accident. What you say can be misinterpreted as you claiming to be at-fault for the accident.
Approximately 6 million car accidents occur on U.S. roads every year and 3 million people are injured in those same accidents. The car accident lawyers at the law offices of Steve Zwick have the experience to navigate personal injury cases so you can feel confident filing your personal injury claim.
To learn more about filing for a personal injury claim after you’ve been hurt in a car accident or to schedule a consultation, contact the car accident lawyers at the law offices of Steve Zwick today.