What To Do If You're Struck by a Vehicle
According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic accidents involving pedestrians increased with 6,283 pedestrian fatalities in 2018.
As a pedestrian, getting hit by a moving vehicle can lead to devastating and long-term injuries. The numbers are alarming, and the fact that more people are driving on the road now than ever before raises the question, what to do if this happens to you or someone you love? There are many fundamental ways to handle your injuries after being struck by a vehicle.
Move Into a Safe Area
The initial shock of being hit may be overwhelming. It is essential to try to stay calm so you can evaluate the situation more clearly.
Seek Medical Assistance Immediately
If you are hit and conscious, it is best to receive a complete medical examination. You may not feel the severity of your injuries at the moment due to the physical shock of being hit. However, injuries may not present themselves until days or even weeks later.
Call the Police
As soon as the accident occurs, it is in your best interest to file a police report. It is crucial to get a police report; without one, insurance companies may deny your claim. This is also true if you wish to pursue legal action against the negligent party. If the police do not arrive at the scene for some reason, you have 60 days to file an accident report at the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles website.
If your injuries do not inhibit you from discussing the incident with the witnesses, you should collect their contact information.
Describe Your Injuries Carefully
When receiving immediate medical treatment, it's vital to thoroughly explain your injuries and describe the state of your body in detail following the accident. All of your injuries and complaints will be documented in the medical records by your medical provider. Depending on the severity of your injuries, physical therapy may be necessary for your recovery. It is in your best interest to correctly detail your injuries, medical providers, medical treatment, and expenses. This documented information will help your attorney with your case in the future.
Get Diagnostic Scans
If you are involved in an auto accident as a pedestrian, you may want to get examined by medical experts. Medical providers can correctly diagnose and treat any injuries you may have due to the accident. Some necessary diagnostic tests following an accident are:
- CT scans
It's also essential to continue to monitor your body for new symptoms following a car accident. If any new symptoms occur, reach out to your healthcare provider immediately. Here at Gaddis, Herd, Craw & Adams, P.C., we understand the emotional and physical suffering you have endured. Following an accident, it is essential to seek professional legal assistance to find out how an attorney can help you.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
Gaddis, Herd, Craw & Adams, P.C. has 150 combined years of legal experience, providing you with unparalleled legal representation. If you or a loved one have been harmed in an accident due to someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call us today at to schedule a free consultation to find out what your options are.
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