The reality is that car accidents are just a part of everyday life for most Americans. It is also true that pedestrian accidents happen with much more frequency than many people realize. These accidents can be extremely serious and many people have no idea what they should do.
As is true of any accident, after a person is in a pedestrian accident they are likely feeling shock and they may even be confused. As a result, it is important to know in advance exactly what to do if you find yourself in this position. Read on to find out what you should do and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you are in need of a free legal consultation.
Call the police right away
In some cases, it is clear that the police should be called. For example, if a person has a head injury then likely everyone around would call 9-1-1. However, in cases where there are only minor injuries, many people are not sure if they should call the police. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker our rule of thumb is this: If you are not sure, then err on the side of caution and call the police. Even if the driver left. Even if you do not think that your injuries are too serious. A police report may be instrumental if you need to pursue legal options in the future.
Go to the doctor or emergency room right away
Even if you think that your injuries are minor, we strongly suggest you see a doctor. Remember – you have been hit by a car! It is possible that you have a head trauma, internal bleeding, or other hidden issues that only a doctor can see. When a person goes into shock, as often happens after an accident, they may get a rush of adrenaline, which can cover up their pain. Follow the orders of your doctor and continue with whatever care they suggest.
Get as must evidence as you safely can
It is a good idea to take pictures at the scene of the accident – but only if it is safe to do so. If you are injured then you should get to the doctor as soon as possible. However, if it is possible to do so, take pictures of the car, the scene itself, and anything else that may be relevant. Then write down everything you can remember about how the accident happened. Do not assume that you will remember the details because it is common for people to lose these memories very quickly.
Hire a personal injury attorney
When you are safe, have gathered whatever evidence you can, and have seen the doctor, then it is time to contact a personal injury attorney. All you have to do is call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 and as for a free legal consultation. We will take care of the rest.