I Got Hit By a Car While Crossing the Street—Now What?
Getting hit by a car is every pedestrian’s worst nightmare. When a pedestrian is hit by a car, catastrophic injuries are not uncommon. When a collision occurs, the human body doesn’t stand a chance against the impact of a car.
Everybody knows that if you get hit by a car while you are crossing the street, the person driving the car owes you money for any injuries you suffer. After all, if you cross the street when allowed to do so, why should you pay for your injuries?
You followed all the relevant traffic rules, so you have a legitimate expectation that you can cross the street without being struck by a vehicle.
It is true that the person who hit you is typically responsible for compensating you for your injuries, but how do you make that happen?
If you have been hit by a car while crossing the street, here are the steps you should take immediately following the incident:
Seek Medical Attention
The first thing you should do if you get hit by a car while crossing the street is seek immediate medical attention. If your injuries are serious enough to warrant an emergency room visit, call an ambulance immediately. Otherwise, if you can safely walk away from the scene of the accident, you should seek a medical evaluation as soon as possible.
Many injuries that pedestrians suffer after being hit by a car are obvious. However, internal injuries, which are often even more serious than external injuries, may not be visible to the naked eye.
As a result, an evaluation from a medical provider after a pedestrian-vehicle collision can save the pedestrian’s life. Furthermore, seeking medical attention provides a basis on which you can seek compensation.
Track All Expenses
After seeking medical attention, the next thing you should do is track all your expenses that are related to the injury. When you receive treatment for injuries, the only way you can get compensation is by keeping track of the resources you used to treat those injuries.
To do so, you should make sure you have a copy of every medical bill you receive. Without tracking the bills, you have no proof of your injuries and subsequent treatment and, as a result, can’t get compensation.
Medical bills are not the only expense you should track. If you miss work due to your injury, keep track of the wages you lose as a result. You may need therapy to work through the emotional trauma of the injury or your injury may require continuing treatment like physical therapy.
Keep track of all those bills. They will serve as evidence of the damages you suffered as a result of the injury. Without them, you may jeopardize your claim.
Retain the Services of an Attorney
After you have received the proper medical attention for your injuries and kept track of all expenses related to your injury, you should contact and retain the services of a personal injury attorney in your area. Without an attorney, it may be impossible to recover the damages you suffered.
Your attorney will listen to your side of the story, help you craft a legal strategy, file the claim on your behalf, and, generally, guide you through the claims process. There is no substitute for a personal injury attorney in this regard.
Personal injury attorneys have the requisite experience and expertise to help you get the compensation you deserve without running into roadblocks along the way.
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Our team of personal injury attorneys will help you with whatever you need. Whether you need to file a claim, track your expenses, or negotiate a settlement offer, the personal injury lawyers at Lantz and Robins will advocate on your behalf to fight for the compensation you deserve.
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