You never imagine it could happen to you, but even the most cautious, observant person can still be struck by an automobile. The situation is even more frightening if you are pedestrian innocently crossing the road. When this accident occurs, it’s important to take the correct steps to ensure that you are first and foremost not seriously injured, and then that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Here is everything you should do if you are ever a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle.

Seek Medical Attention

If, as a pedestrian, you get struck by a motorist, the first thing you need to do is seek medical attention. Even if you don’t think you are seriously injured, it doesn’t mean you won’t begin to feel some aches or pains down the line.

While you’re with the paramedics or at the hospital, make sure that all your injuries are documented. In addition to getting copies of the paramedics’ and physicians’ reports, it’s important for you to take pictures of your injuries. These pictures will be critical in the event you file a lawsuit against the driver.

If the driver leaves the scene, don’t try to chase after him or her. Instead, try to take a mental note of as much information about the vehicle and driver as you can, such as the make and model of the car.

Contact the Police

After you seek medical attention, your next step is to contact the police if the hospital hasn’t already done so. In many cases, if you are not seriously injured, the police will ask you to remain on the scene to file an incident report. If you are physically able, it is always best to speak with the police as soon as possible after the accident, when the details are fresh in your mind.

In addition to contacting the police, also get a hold of a friend or family member. This individual can take pictures of your injuries and the scene and speak to any witnesses. Witness statements will prove invaluable when you file a lawsuit. Ask your loved one to also collect the contact information of any witnesses, including the witnesses’ names and phone numbers.

Contact an Attorney

Finally, before you contact the driver’s insurance company, it is vital to call an attorney. A personal injury lawyer can help you determine how much compensation you can receive or if there are any factors that could impact your case.

For example, according to pedestrian right-of-way laws, the driver is legally obligated to stop for any pedestrian who is in the crosswalk. Drivers must also stop for pedestrians at an intersection if there aren’t any traffic lights or if the traffic lights aren’t working properly. Additionally, if the pedestrian is approaching the crosswalk or if they are in the crosswalk and other drivers have stopped to give the pedestrian the right-of-way, all the other drivers must legally stop.

Often, there are complications if you are hit when you are not in the crosswalk or at an intersection. However, don’t assume that just because someone tells you there is no case that you still can’t seek compensation.

Being hit by a driver while you’re crossing the street can be a life changing event. If you are ever a pedestrian who is involved in a motor vehicle accident, don’t hesitate to contact the office of D. Chadwick Calvert, LLC.

No matter what the circumstances of the accident, it is important for you to seek legal representation. Your lawyer’s advice and counsel will prove invaluable both when working with the driver’s insurance company and if you decide to file a lawsuit.