Accidents involving pedestrians in traffic accidents can cause serious injuries. While the driver is usually at fault, it is possible for a pedestrian to share some of the blame.
What to Do Immediately After a Pedestrian-Car Accident
After any type of accident, it’s normal to feel upset. Focus on these things and take a deep breath.
- Safety is the first priority. First, take any injured persons to safety. If there is an immediate emergency, and you are properly trained, don’t attempt to give medical treatment.
- Seek medical attention. Contact your doctor and then call the local police. Any first responders should be able to hear your truthful account of the accident.
- You can exchange contact information but not much else. Information can be shared with all parties involved in an accident. Exchange names, telephone numbers, and insurance information with the pedestrian if they are not incapacitated. Talking to pedestrians and others is not a good idea. Talking about fault or making statements like “I feel so guilty” could have an adverse effect on your claim/lawsuit. Be careful what you say.
- Collect evidence regarding the accident. Photograph crosswalks, traffic signal devices, vehicle damage, and any other evidence that could help to tell the story about the accident and how it occurred. Name and contact information for witnesses who may have witnessed what happened.
- Keep any documentation that may be relevant to the accident. This includes any police reports that were generated in connection to the accident, as well as any vehicle damage estimates, and repair bills.
- You might contact a criminal defense lawyer if you face criminal charges for an accident for driving under the influence.
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