Car accidents are, unfortunately, a part of most people's daily lives in the United States. It's also true that pedestrian accidents occur far more frequently than most people believe. These mishaps can be life-threatening, and many people are unsure what to do.
After a pedestrian collision, as with any other type of accident, the victim is likely to be shocked and disoriented. As a result, it's critical to plan ahead of time what you'll do if you find yourself in this situation. Read on to find out what you should do, and if you need a free legal consultation, call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030.
Immediately contact the police
In such instances, it is obvious that the police should be contacted. If a person suffers a head injury, for example, everyone in the vicinity is likely to dial 9-1-1. Many people are unsure whether or not to notify the police in circumstances where there are only minor injuries.
Our rule of thumb at The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker is to err on the side of caution and call the cops if you're not sure. Even if the driver had abandoned the vehicle. Even if you do not believe your injuries are severe. If you need to pursue legal options in the future, a police record may be useful.
Go to the doctor or the emergency department as soon as possible
Even if you believe your injuries are minor, we strongly advise you to get medical attention. Keep in mind that you've been hit by an automobile! It's possible that you've had a head injury, have internal bleeding, or have other hidden problems that only a specialist can detect. When a person is in shock, as is common after an accident, they may have an adrenaline rush, which might mask their discomfort. Follow your doctor's advice and continue with any treatment they recommend.
As much evidence as you can safely gather
Taking photographs at the accident scene is a fantastic idea – but only if it is safe to do so. If you've been hurt, you should see a doctor as quickly as possible. Take pictures of the automobile, the scene, and anything else that may be significant if it is able to do so. Then jot down whatever you recall about how the accident occurred. Do not assume you will recall the facts because it is usual for people to forget details rapidly.
Engage the services of a personal injury lawyer
It's time to call a personal injury attorney once you're safe, have gathered as much evidence as you can, and have seen a doctor. Simply call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 to schedule a free legal consultation. The rest will be taken care of by us.