Accidents happen every day and these are the moments when critical decisions must be made in the blink of an eye. Knowing what steps to take in the event of being hit as a pedestrian can be the difference maker in receiving quality representation and compensatory packages. Let’s take a brief look at what to do if hit by a car as a pedestrian.
There are many pedestrians that are hit by cars every day while out on the roads and many pedestrians do not know what to do. The first step is to contact emergency services i.e. 911. If possible, the tag number and description of the vehicle that was involved in the crash should be noted as well. There are many hit-and-run scenarios on the roads. Having the tag number ensures that the police or any other investigators can find the vehicle involved in the crash. This type of step has led to many successful recoveries of a vehicle involved in a crash with a pedestrian. The assailant oftentimes will leave the scene with the belief that the victim did not note their tag. Sometimes witnesses to the crash may get the tag of the vehicle as well.
While the local authorities are taking care of the rescue efforts, the next step is to contact an attorney to arrive at the scene and begin the process of collecting evidence that will be used in a court of law to ensure the victim is fairly compensated. The longer the victim waits to hire an attorney, the more evidence is left up to the crime scene investigators and whoever else is involved in the crash. Having a lawyer is the key component of being in a crash because most of the times the assailant in the vehicle will make any excuse possible to get out of owning up the crash.
The next step, if possible, will be to contact family and loved ones and notify them of the situation that has taken place. Loved ones are always the first line of defense when an accident occurs, but some things are better left up to the professionals. In the event the victim is hospitalized or having received severe damage then the reaching out to loved ones will be a foremost step to take because of the inability to take the above-mentioned steps as a victim in a critical crash.
In conclusion, there are many steps involved with being in a crash and each individual will have their own preferred steps to take if such an event takes place. With increased awareness by drivers, the rate of crashes will pedestrians will be reduced.