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What to do if you are hit by a car

On Behalf of | Apr 25, 2022 | motor vehicle accidents

The busy roads of Cincinnati are filled with vehicles and pedestrians and being hit by a car is often a nightmarish experience for pedestrians. The injuries are often severe, resulting in extensive and costly medical treatment and significant mental and emotional distress.

Many pedestrian accidents are caused by negligent drivers. Speeding, distracted driving or driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs are all forms of negligence.

Try not to panic

If you are hit by a negligent driver, there are many things you should do at the accident scene, or immediately after the accident. You are likely to be extremely upset or in shock after you are hit, and as challenging as it may be, try to stay calm and asses your injuries.

Do not assume that your injuries are minor. Some major injuries may not be immediately apparent after an accident. Safely move off the road and away from other traffic, and if they can, have the driver move as well.

Collect information and take pictures

Even if you believe you are uninjured, do whatever you can to make sure the driver remains at the scene. Call the police and get the driver’s name, phone number and insurance information. Take as many pictures as possible of your injuries, the vehicle and the accident scene.

Talk to the police and tell them what happened, but do not apologize or say anything that could be construed as you admitting the accident was your fault. Confirm that the police officer is writing a report and obtain the officer’s name and badge number.

Get checked for injuries as soon as possible

After you leave the accident scene, go to a hospital or doctor for an assessment of any injuries. Go that day if possible. Once any injuries have been assessed and treated, ask for a copy of the police report to confirm it accurately depicts your version of events.

Finally, contact your insurance company to file a claim, but provide only basic information. Once you get to this step, it may help to speak with a personal injury attorney who can provide further advice and help with filing a personal injury claim. A successful claim may result in compensation for your damages.