What To Do After A Pedestrian Accident
When a car or truck hits a pedestrian, the pedestrian often suffers severe injuries. As a result, medical bills quickly pile up, and the victim may be out of work for an extended period. This can cause significant financial stress on top of the burden of recovering from an injury.
There are many reasons why a driver may fail to see a pedestrian or are reckless in their behavior and hit someone. Here are some negligent and reckless actions that could hold a driver liable:
- Failure to take precautions entering or exiting a parking lot or driveway
- Failure to obey traffic signals
- Not using appropriate care driving through a crosswalk
- Distracted driving, such as looking at a phone or texting
- Driving carelessly in poor weather conditions
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Here are some tips to follow after a Pedestrian Accident:
Call The Police
It’s important that the police come to review the scene. They will determine if a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident. If the driver failed to stop, the police will use information from you and any witnesses to try to locate the hit-and-run driver.
Document the name or names of any witness or witnesses present. The driver should stop as required by law. Get the driver’s insurance information, license number, and license plate number. If the driver doesn’t stop, make notes of everything you know about the vehicle for the police. In either case, you should also make a record of the environment. Is there a walkway present? Is there a light?
Seek Medical Attention
You need to go to the hospital and get checked out. They will treat your external injuries and run the necessary tests to see if you have any internal injuries. They can also provide medical documentation to prove that you were injured.
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAVE BEEN INJURED IN A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT OR ANY OTHER ACCIDENT, CONTACT US AT 205-631-4019. WE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH A FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION AND SEE IF WE CAN HELP.