What Should You Do If You’re a Pedestrian Hit by a Car?

The consequences of a pedestrian accident can be severe. Pedestrians have little in the way of protection from the impact of an oncoming vehicle. For that reason, these accidents typically result in serious bodily injuries.

Most pedestrians never see the vehicle that struck them until it is too late. Often, they are doing little more than lawfully crossing the road or walking along a sidewalk when a careless motorist strikes them. If you have suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident, the guidance of experienced Dallas car accident lawyers could help you pursue a legal claim. The following steps could help you recover from your injuries and help your personal injury lawyer at Angel Reyes & Associates build a winning claim.

Seek medical care

As a pedestrian, your first step following a car accident should involve seeking medical treatment. In many cases, a pedestrian’s injuries are so severe that emergency medical intervention is necessary. However, even if your injuries seem minor, it is still best to see a doctor. This ensures the creation of medical records that can bolster your claim while limiting the severity of your injuries through prompt treatment.

Contact the police

If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, you should report it to the police immediately. In fact, the law requires reporting accidents to law enforcement in cases of bodily injury or serious property damage. If you are severely injured, another party can file the report on your behalf. When the police arrive, they will typically take a statement from everyone involved.

Investigate the scene

If you do not require emergency medical care, try to gather evidence at the accident scene. This might involve taking photographs of the intersection, street signs, skid marks, the weather, as well as the car that hit you. This step should also include speaking with any witnesses. When an independent witness testifies that the driver was responsible for the accident, the jury could give their testimony substantial weight.

Contact us at Reyes Browne Reilly for a free consultation

Last but not least, you should talk to a Dallas pedestrian accident lawyer right away. Your attorney will investigate your claim, develop a strategy for trial, and advocate on your behalf. To get started with your case, schedule a free consultation with us as soon as possible. There are no upfront legal costs since we work on a contingency-fee-basis.