Not everyone on Texas’ roadways rides in a vehicle. Some walk, run, or jog in or alongside the road. While traveling on foot has its benefits, it can also be dangerous.
A person who is hit by a car can suffer serious injuries or even get killed. For the best outcome physically and financially, it is best that you follow these steps after a Texas pedestrian accident.
Call 911 Right Away
Even if you feel fine after a pedestrian accident, you are bound to have some injuries. They just might not appear until later on. It is still a good idea to see a doctor after a pedestrian accident. The impact could cause broken bones, head trauma, back and neck injuries, and even internal injuries, so seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
Get Out of the Street
When an accident happens, subsequent crashes are likely to occur from other vehicles. Therefore, the driver should get the vehicle out of the road as quickly as possible. They should try to move the pedestrian out of the way as well. Many victims die after getting hit multiple times. Getting them out of the road could save their life.
The pedestrian should get details about the driver and location of the accident. Important information includes name, address, phone number, insurer, and driver’s license number. If the driver flees the accident scene, then getting all this information may not be possible. Rely on witnesses and surveillance cameras to help you get the details you need so you can file a claim with your insurance company.
Call the Police
Police involvement is especially critical after a hit and run accident. The police can file a report and help determine liability. If you suffered severe injuries, police can attempt to locate the driver and charge them with a crime. In some cases, you may be able to file a civil lawsuit.
Keep All Documentation
Keep all receipts and evidence so you can get properly reimbursed from the driver and their insurance company. This includes all medical bills and all receipts related to repair of property damage, such as a phone or bicycle. The driver may try to pin the blame on you, the pedestrian, so having a copy of the police report may be helpful. If you have the contact information of any witnesses, have them provide a statement in your defense.
Contact a Texas Personal Injury Lawyer Today
People have nothing to protect them in the event of a crash, so a crash involving a vehicle can be life-threatening or even fatal. Having a lawyer on your side can help you get the best outcome.
The Law Office of Joel M. Vecchio, P.C. can help you pursue a legal claim for damages. You can obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Get started with a free consultation. Call (972) 380-4444 or fill out the online form to learn more.