What to Do if you’re Hit by a Car
Get a Sarasota Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
A pedestrian accident can happen quickly and unexpectedly. You were just out walking and now find yourself on the ground and injured. Most people in that situation don’t know what to do next. The experienced pedestrian accident attorneys at Farrow & Pulice, P.A. can help you. We fight for the rights of the injured.
Some things typically happen following a pedestrian accident. A driver denies doing anything wrong. Insurance companies try to minimize your claim and pay you as little as possible. Our experienced attorneys get the facts and build a strong case to hold negligent drivers accountable and help you recover the financial compensation you deserve.
If you are able to do so, here are some steps you can take immediately following the accident to protect yourself and your legal rights:
Call the police.
If the accident seems minor, you may hesitate about calling the police. But you should call them anyway. Your injuries may be more serious than they first appear. And when the police respond, an officer will fill out an accident report containing vital information about the accident. This report may be able to help you recover the financial compensation you deserve.
Write down the make and model of the car that hit you, as well as the license plate. Ask the driver for insurance and contact information. Get contact information for any witnesses to the accident. Take photos of the accident scene – your injuries, damage to the vehicle, any nearby traffic signs or signals and any skid marks or debris.
Get medical attention.
This may not seem necessary if you feel OK and don’t appear to be injured. But you could have injuries that aren’t immediately apparent. And they can become much more serious if they aren’t treated. A medical professional can make sure you are OK and begin treatment for any injuries you do have. The medical professional will also document your injuries, which can be valuable evidence when pursuing a claim for damages.
Contact the driver’s insurance company.
This is to make sure that the insurance company has been made aware that there has been an accident. Stick to the facts and keep it simple. Tell them that you were involved in an accident with the driver, and give the date and time that it occurred. But don’t answer any questions or give details about your injuries. Explain that you need to speak to your attorney first.
Contact an experienced pedestrian accident attorney.
Insurance companies have lawyers to help them keep any payments as low as possible. That’s why you need an attorney fighting for you. One who knows how to fight back against insurance companies. One who knows how to build a strong case that proves you were the victim of negligence and will fight for maximum compensation on your behalf.
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, learn more about how our firm can help. Call us at 866-408-1220 for a free consultation with one of our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys. We will review the details of your case, go over your legal options and answer any questions you have.