In 2013, nearly 5,000 people across the nation were killed in pedestrian/motor vehicle accidents. While we rarely think it could happen to us, the numbers say otherwise. Anyone can be struck by a vehicle while walking or riding a bike. Unfortunately, few of us are prepared to deal with this type of situation. Even if we’re not injured, few of us know what to do next. Do we call the police? Do we obtain a written record? Do we exchange insurance and license information?
It’s important to know what to do in case you’re ever struck by a vehicle. Here are several tips.
1. Move away from the accident
Along with moving out of the road we also suggest making sure you’re not injured. These go in conjunction with each other. If you are injured, you need to make sure you don’t expose yourself to further injury. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it. Just make sure you’re far away from the accident.
2. Make sure all parties are present
“Even if you feel ok, don’t give the driver permission to leave the scene of the accident.”
Even if you feel ok, don’t give the driver permission to leave the scene of the accident. Unfortunately many people believe they’re ok, wave off the driver and later find out that they have a broken bone. This is a very common practice that can come back to hurt the victim physically and financially.
If it’s a hit-and-run accident, try to take a photo with your phone of the car’s license plate. At the minimum, try to snap a picture of the car. Don’t let the driver get away without talking to the authorities, which leads us to our next point.
3. Call the police
After you’ve moved away from the accident and made sure the driver hasn’t left the scene, call the police. Some who are uninjured may think they can file a report at any time. However, this isn’t necessarily true. An officer should be present so they can file an accurate claim.
When the officer does arrive, he or she will probably be accompanied by medical personnel. After you’ve been thoroughly checked out, or transported to a hospital if needed, make sure to provide the officer with a very detailed description of the accident.
4. Collect information
Assuming you haven’t been taken to the hospital, make sure to collect the driver’s license and insurance details and contact information.
If you have any questions about your rights after being struck by a vehicle, please call The Advocates today.