Nearly 150,000 pedestrians are treated in emergency rooms across the United States each year. Pedestrian accidents can range from mild to fatal, with 6,721 pedestrian deaths in 2020 due to these accidents. If a vehicle hits you as a pedestrian, take the following steps to ensure your immediate safety and protect yourself in the future.
1. Get to Safety and Get Help
It should go without saying, but your immediate health and safety should be the first concern if a vehicle hits you. As a pedestrian, you are more vulnerable than motorists, so your well-being is your priority in these types of accidents.
Get Out of the Street
Of course, you may be unable to move after being hit by a car as a pedestrian. But, if you can move and it seems safe to do so, getting out of the street or roadway should be your first priority. Remaining on the road increases your chances of being struck again. Once you are safely out of the roadway, you should take a moment to evaluate your injuries. However, this can be very difficult with the levels of adrenaline people typically experience after this type of accident. So, it is usually best to go no further than what’s necessary to get yourself out of danger. If you are unable to move or fear it could make your injuries worse, you should look for a witness or bystander. If one is nearby, see if they can help ensure any oncoming vehicle knows you are in the roadway.
Seek Out Medical Assistance
Anyone hit by a car while walking should seek immediate medical assistance. Even if you don’t feel pain in the moments after being hit, you may have severe or even life-threatening injuries. The shock and adrenaline can make it difficult to tell and the only way to ensure you get the treatment you need is to seek care from a medical professional. If you are able, you should call for an ambulance right away. If not, you should ask any witness or bystander to call for you.
2. Document the Scene
If you are out of danger and safely able to do so, you should consider documenting the scene or asking someone nearby to do so for you. Even a couple of photographs can be a significant help in establishing your claim against the driver that hit you.
Request that Police Respond
While police will typically be dispatched to an accident involving a pedestrian in Las Vegas. Emergency services may first ask if police are needed or being requested. In such circumstances, you should always request that police respond. The police will secure the accident scene, document it, prepare a report, and possibly cite or charge the driver that hit you.
3. Hire a Legal Professional
If you were hit by a car as a pedestrian you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The experienced pedestrian accident lawyers at SJW Injury Attorneys can help. We will work to ensure you get the best result possible.