In the event that you find yourself a victim of a pedestrian accident, it is important that you know what to do to protect yourself and your legal rights. The following are recommendations for things you should do if you are ever in the unfortunate situation where you were hit by a vehicle.
Always Seek Medical Assistance
Just because you feel fine in the moments after a pedestrian accident doesn’t mean you aren’t injured. Sometimes the shock you experience from the accident could dull any pain. Other times the injuries might be internal and not cause any immediate problems. This is why it is so important that you seek immediate medical assistance.
A full medical evaluation should be performed immediately after you are hit by a vehicle. The medical evaluation will not only help you feel better by making sure all injuries are being treated, but it will help provide recorded documentation of the injuries you sustained as a result of the pedestrian accident.
Document Your Injuries
Even after a medical evaluation, it is important that you document your injuries. Start a journal that outlines the date and what you are experiencing. Make sure you highlight any physical and emotional pain you are experiencing as a result of being involved in a pedestrian accident. It is also important that you document where the pain is occurring, what you have to do for the pain and any other information you feel is important.
Contact the Police and Make Sure a Police Report is Taken
Some people may be reluctant to call the police, especially if the accident is minor. However, it is important that you have a police report of the incident. A police report will document any information provided by you and the driver of the vehicle. It will also document any information provided by witnesses.
Never Admit Fault or Discuss the Accident with the Other Insurance Company
It is best to never discuss who is at fault at the scene of the accident. What you discuss with the police or other witnesses could impact what type of compensation you receive or if your injuries are covered. It is best to not discuss fault at all and wait to speak with an attorney.
It is also important that you not discuss anything with the other person’s insurance company. No matter what it may seem, the other person’s insurance company is not on your side. Don’t sign any papers, make any statements or discuss anything with them before you speak with an attorney.
Speak with an Attorney as Soon as Possible
If you or a loved one was hit by a vehicle in the Lewisville area, you will want to speak with Todd Durham as soon as possible so your rights are protected. Contact Todd Durham today to discuss your situation and to see if you have a case.