What to do in a Pedestrian vs Vehicle accident
Hit-and-run collisions are more common than you think. These can be especially deadly when it involved a pedestrian and a vehicle, as these are more likely to result in the death of the pedestrian.
Recently, a pedestrian riding a rideshare scooter was hit and killed in Hollywood. The driver left the scene after hitting the pedestrian. Unfortunately the victim succumbed to his injuries. The driver was arrested and found to have been intoxicated while driving. It is not uncommon in accidents like these for the pedestrian to be left with severe injuries that impact their quality of life and their ability to work long-term.
If this happens to you, be sure to consult with an expert in order to determine what your next steps are if you sustained injuries from a collision or if your loved one is killed in an unfortunate accident. Call The Shirvanian Law Firm in Glendale, CA at (818) 835-5396 today to arrange a consultation with an experienced wrongful death attorney.
First, get to safety
If you are able to, get out of the street as quick as you are able to, as the longer you stay in the street can lead to further injury. Being prone in the street makes it more difficult for other drivers to see you and for you to sustain greater injury or death. Motorists generally look at the road ahead of them and they may not notice you laying on the ground.
Check for injuries
It is not always the case that you are uninjured if you can make it out of the street. The rush of adrenaline that floods your body after being in a traumatic accident can make you think that you are uninjured when in fact you may have sustained very dangerous injuries.
If you cannot bear the weight on a part of your body, you are very likely to have broken a bone and you will need immediate medical attention. Be sure to get emergency services as immediately, as the longer you wait the worse your injury can become. Every second counts, especially in cases of internal bleeding, or brain hemorrhages.
Call the police
Call the police, take pictures and if you are well enough, give your statement of the incident to the police. The police can help you document what occurred and help get to you the information you will need from the motorist, which includes their name, contact details, license number, and insurance coverage. They can also help you locate and get statements from witnesses who can help your case should the case move to litigation.
After the accident
Once you are well enough, you should consult a doctor who can give you documentation of your injuries and the extent of the impact the injuries will have on your life. This is very important for you to have in pursuing damages.
Once available, get a copy of the police report. Keep all of these materials safe in a place that is accessible so your attorney can use them to your advantage. A good personal injury law attorney can be the right ally you need to win the damages you are owed.
Don’t be afraid of reaching out to a personal injury lawyer and asking for their credentials, past clients you can speak to and arrange a consultation. You deserve to have the best team possible on your side. When doing your research always have an eye on their track record. Have they handled cases similar to your own? Have they been able to win cases like yours on a consistent basis? Keep these questions in mind while doing your research.