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Struck by a car as a pedestrian? Here's what to do

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Unfortunately, pedestrian fatality is on the rise. Even a simple walk down the street can prove dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a pedestrian is killed every two hours or injured every eight minutes in crashes with vehicles, a startling statistic.

Step one: Seek medical attention

As a pedestrian, you have little to no protection if a car hits you. Serious bodily or mental injury can occur. If you are seriously injured, the first thing you need to do after an accident is to go to the hospital. Only follow the next instructions if you are not in need of immediate attention or after you are treated.

Step two: Document

If you are not in need of medical attention right away, it is wise to document the scene. Take pictures of the damage to yourself, the scene and write down what happened and what your injuries are. In case the driver attempts to express a different version of events, you have evidence.

Step three: Call the police

A call to the police can be helpful. When the police arrive, they can document the scene and your injuries as well as create a police report. This report may be helpful in creating a claim against the driver who hit you.

Step four: Get information

While you wait for the police to arrive, exchange information with the driver of the vehicle that hit you. It will be beneficial to exchange names, phone numbers, and insurance information.

Step five: Make a claim

Typically, the driver who hit you will automatically be at fault. If you obtained injuries from the incident, the driver should be held responsible. Talking to a legal professional or filing a claim with insurance can be beneficial in determining how you can be compensated for damages from the crash.

Getting hit by a car when you are walking can be scary as well as disastrous. However, you may be able to receive compensation from the driver who hit you.

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