What Should You Do If You’ve Been Hit by a Car as a Pedestrian?
As a pedestrian, you need to always be alert, particularly when crossing the street, so you can avoid being hit by a car, which can cause serious injuries or death. But what happens if you end up getting hit, even though you thought you were taking all of the proper precautions to keep yourself safe? Well, there are certain steps that you will need to take, and the guide below will tell you exactly what you need to do in order to get the help and compensation that you deserve right away.
Record the Incident
The first step that you should take involves simply calling the police and filing a complete and detailed police report that will properly record the incident as it occurred. This will help you prove your injuries later on when you work with attorneys like Lamber Goodnow, who can also take advantage of any videos and photographs that you take at the scene because they know how to enhance your case with technology like Google Glass and the Apple Watch, among other forms of tech. Also, don’t forget to the get the names and contact information of witnesses, and contact your insurance company to let them know what has happened.
Get Medical Attention
If you were hit by a car, you may have internal injuries that you may not even be aware of, so it is important to get medical care as soon as possible. If you are in pain and it is quite severe, rush to the emergency room for immediate treatment. Otherwise, you can see your primary care doctor as soon as you can make an appointment. Juries and insurance adjusters will assume that if you do not bother seeking medical care right away, you were not all that hurt after all. This is why this is not only an important step for your health, but also for your legal right towards getting compensated for your pain and suffering.
Lamber Goodnow often uses technology to bring these hospital and doctor reports to the forefront of your case. They have been known to scan copies of all reports into an iPad and then upload those docs to the Cloud where they can be viewed by opposing counsel for the at-fault driver and/or the insurance company. It is almost unimaginable how many times they were able to settle out of court and without time consuming and costly litigation when the ‘other side’ gets to view your evidence first hand in the Cloud. The team at Lamber Goodnow says that more often than not, an offer is on the table even before court can be scheduled.
What If It Was a Hit and Run?
A driver who hits a pedestrian is legally required to stop and provide contact information and insurance information to the person who was involved in the accident, as well as the police. But if you are the victim of a hit and run driver, you will need to fill out the police report and let the authorities work on investigating the incident, hopefully identifying and locating the driver later on. Again, try to get the information from any witnesses who can help you at the scene. But be prepared to handle medical treatments alone and under your health insurance plan until the driver is located and you are able to sue.
After you get hit by a car as a pedestrian, it is important to determine who was really at fault. You will find that most often it is the driver of the vehicle because of laws based on ‘rules of the road.’ Work with attorneys like Lamber Goodnow who can help you determine if you need to sue the driver or perhaps even sue the municipality for faulty traffic lights, as an example. The team at Lamber Goodnow will be out on the scene, often within the very same day, to authenticate the lights or other traffic control measures were not in place at the time of the accident. They will take digital pictures, upload them to the Cloud (once again) and all parties at fault will likely want to settle out of court. With the right legal guidance, you will get the compensation that you deserve.