A pedestrian is killed by a vehicle in America about every hour and a half. Many more pedestrians are struck by cars and sustain injuries every day. Although it may seem like a rare occurrence, any pedestrian is at risk of being struck by a car. Here’s what you need to do if it happens to you or a loved one.
Seek Medical Attention
The first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Pedestrians often sustain very severe injuries when struck by a moving vehicle, even if that vehicle was moving slowly. Internal injuries could be present even if you feel no pain right after the accident. Make sure that you get medical treatment and stabilization.
Contact an Attorney
You should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident. You need someone on your side fighting for fair compensation from the responsible party. If an insurance company is involved, which they should be, the lawyer will negotiate with them on your behalf. This allows you to focus your time and energy on healing from your injuries.
Follow Medical Advice
Make sure that you follow the advice of your doctors for any injuries you sustained. Not only is it important for your health, it is also important for getting fair and reasonable compensation for your injuries. If your doctor tells you not to return to work right away, make sure you follow that order. You should be able to get compensation for lost wages relating to the accident.
If you or a loved one have been struck by a moving vehicle while walking, it is important to act quickly. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.