Motor vehicle drivers have a clear advantage when it comes to avoiding injuries in a pedestrian-versus-car crash. The pedestrian may suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries after a direct hit while the motorist will usually survive without suffering any kind of bodily harm. For this reason, motorists have a high level of responsibility when it comes to giving pedestrians the right of way and staying attentive.
Many pedestrians who are struck by cars have the right to pursue financial compensation. To have the best chance of success in legal actions, injured pedestrians or their family members can do the following immediately after an injurious pedestrian accident.
Get medical attention, promptly
If you are hurt, it is essential to get proper medical care right away. Even if there is no blood, unconsciousness or severe pain, you should address any potential head, neck or back injuries that may have occurred.
Write down everything you can
Try to remember and notate as much detail as you can about the crash and the events leading up to the incident. Keep track of injuries, lost wages, medical bills and other important information. Make a note of the names, license plate numbers, driver's license numbers, phone numbers and addresses of all drivers and passengers involved in the collision, as well as any witnesses.
If possible, take pictures of your injuries, the crash site and the vehicles involved in the crash. This can be done with your phone.
Talk to professionals
Speak with a professional about your legal questions. Every situation is different. These steps could help you position yourself regarding a potential personal injury action in the days, weeks or months following a serious pedestrian versus car crash. You may have only a limited period of time during which to file a claim for damages after an accident.