Being struck by a car or truck as a pedestrian is a frightening and horrifying experiencing, for both the driver and the victim. These types of accidents occur for a wide range of reasons, many of which are due to driver negligence or distraction. Regardless of the cause of the accident, it is important that you are familiar with the steps to take following a pedestrian-related crash. In many cases, pedestrian accidents can lead to wrongful death or even vehicular manslaughter cases if the person who was hit by a car died as a result. However, chances are that, even if you survive a pedestrian-car collision, you will be left with serious, debilitating injuries that will take years – and a lot of money – to recover from. This is why it is important that you understand what steps should be taken following a pedestrian accident. In doing so, you will be protecting yourself medically, financially, and legally. Those who do not have a grasp on what to do following a pedestrian accident may not receive the compensation they deserve, which can lead to far more serious problems down the road.
Here is a look at a few of the most important steps to take following a pedestrian accident in Oklahoma:
Step #1: Remain Calm and Get to a Safe Location, if Possible
When you or someone you love is involved in an accident with a motor vehicle as a pedestrian, it is absolutely imperative that you remain calm. One of the biggest mistakes people make following these types of accidents is panicking and therefore missing necessary steps. In order for the injured person to adequately assess their injuries, physical well-being, and the situation at hand, they should remain calm and make sure they are in a safe location. Pedestrian-car related accidents are extremely dangerous, especially in the event the pedestrian is knocked down in the middle of the street. If possible, move yourself or the pedestrian to a safe place where everything can be properly assessed with a calm mind.
Step #2: Call the Police
Just like in any other type of accident, it is imperative that the police are contacted immediately. In many cases, the pedestrian has sustained serious injuries that will require medical attention, and by contacting the police, an emergency medical personnel will be dispatched to the scene. Furthermore, involving the police is also a must from a legal standpoint. The majority of pedestrian accidents occur because of some misstep by the driver, which is where the police come in. By contacting the police right away you will be taking the proper steps to ensure your rights are protected and that the at-fault party is held responsible.
Step #3: Make Sure the Driver Remains at the Scene
Another necessary step following a pedestrian accident is doing what you can to ensure the driver doesn’t leave. Even if you don’t think you sustained any serious injuries, it is important that the driver does not leave the scene. In many instances, a pedestrian may think they are okay and let the driver leave, only to find out later they sustained a broken bone or other injury. In the event of a hit and run, try to remain calm and take mental note of as many details about the vehicle and driver as possible. You should also try and take a photo of the car’s license plate, or any image you can get.
Step #4: Contact an Attorney
In the hours or days following a pedestrian accident, be sure and contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your case. This is especially important in hit and run accidents or if the driver of the car is claiming innocence. By retaining the services of a knowledgeable Oklahoma pedestrian accident attorney, you will have a better understanding of your legal rights and will know what to expect next.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, please contact Atkins & Markoff right away. Our experience pedestrian attorneys have your best interests in mind and will do everything we can to ensure you are protected and that justice is served.