If you get struck by a vehicle while walking or riding your bike, you may be pretty shocked after the incident occurs. At this time, there are steps you need to do to protect yourself should you require medical assistance as a result of the accident. Here are some steps one should take after being hit by a vehicle while they are walking or riding in the area.
Make Calls to Receive Assistance
If you have a cell phone in your possession and are not injured to the point where you cannot make a phone call, immediately dial 911 to alert the dispatcher of the incident. They will send a police officer to the scene to check on your condition and write up documentation about the incident so there is history documenting that the accident has occurred. The dispatcher will also send an ambulance so your body can be checked over in its entirety for injuries. If you fail to call for help, you may find you have an injury that you did not recognize due to the surprise or embarrassment you felt when confronted by the driver of the vehicle.
Keep the Driver from Leaving the Scene
It is best to ask the driver to stay with you as you wait for assistance. If you are hurt, they will be available to fill the ambulance crew in on your condition should it worsen after you are struck. If you tell the motorist you are fine, and they leave, proving you were hit at all will be difficult should you wish to press charges at a later time. If the driver decides to leave the scene, do your best to memorize the license-plate number, make, and model of the vehicle if possible so you can alert the police when they arrive.
Gather Important Information in Case It Is Needed Later
Ask the driver of the vehicle for their name, address, and insurance information. If you have a cell phone and are able to do so, take pictures of the area where you were struck from all angles. Take photographs of the motorist's vehicle, making sure to get one of the license plate to prove they were present at the scene. If you are not able to take photos on your own, ask someone else in the area to help you with this task. Ask them to jot down their name and number so you can contact them to collect the photos in case you need them in a courtroom should the motorist refuse to pay for medical expenses.
For more information, consult with a pedestrian-accident lawyer, such as one from the Law Office of Daniel E Goodman, LLC.