Whether you are crossing the street when it happens, making your way through a parking lot, walking across a driveway, or even standing on the sidewalk, a pedestrian accident is a shocking and life-changing experience. In the worst of cases, you could suffer fatal or earth shattering injuries that leave you disabled and permanently impaired; in the best of cases, you may suffer minor injuries and be shaken up, incurring psychological scars instead of physical ones.
Whatever your situation, there is no doubt that being hit by a car is an awful experience. If you are involved in a pedestrian accident in South Carolina, the following provides an overview of what to do next:
Seek Medical Care
Seeking medical care may seem obvious, particularly in situations where injuries are clearly serious and necessitate emergency medical attention. However, in some cases, injuries may be less obvious, and an injured pedestrian may avoid going to the hospital as such. If you are hit by a car, you should be looked at by a medical professional. Some injuries, such as a concussion, soft tissue injuries, and internal bleeding are not visible to the naked eye, and can take a day or two to be felt or to develop (especially when your adrenaline is surging).
Seeking medical care is not just important to your health and wellbeing, but is also important for when you seek damages by filing a claim or personal injury lawsuit. If you do not have a record of seeking medical care, the insurance company may very well deny your claim.
File a Report with the Police
Again, regardless of how serious the accident, if a car strikes you and you are injured, you need to file a report with the police immediately. You and the driver of the vehicle that hit you should stop at the scene of the accident, call 911, and wait for the police to arrive and file a report. While you wait, record as much as you can remember about how the accident happened, and exchange information with the other driver. You should get the other driver’s car insurance information, name, vehicle model and registration information, and their driver’s license number.
Talk to Witnesses
When you are filing a claim or filing a personal injury lawsuit, the testimony of witnesses who saw the accident first hand may prove to be essential to determining fault and getting you the settlement amount that you deserve. Talk to any witnesses at the scene of the accident, record their statements, and be sure to get their names and contact information.
Detail Your Healing Process
Keep a journal of events that happen after the pedestrian accident, ranging from your experience with different doctors and your treatment, to your emotions and mood, to whether or not you are able to go to work, to your limitations and more. The more that you write down about how the accident has affected you, the more convincing your argument will be when you are seeking compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, loss of enjoyment, pain and suffering, and other economic and noneconomic damages.
Contact a South Carolina Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Do not wait to contact a South Carolina pedestrian accident attorney after your crash. After filing your police report and seeking medical care, your attorney should be the next person that you call. Your attorney is responsible for investigating all elements of your claim, gathering evidence, building your case, filing your claim with the insurance company, negotiating with the insurance company, litigating in court (if necessary), and advising you throughout the entire process. For example, your attorney can advise you regarding the use of social media (which can ruin a claim), the statute of limitations (which governs the amount of time you have to file your claim after the accident), and more.
Our Attorneys Are Here for You
At the Joye Law Firm, we have been representing clients across the state of South Carolina since 1968, and have acquired the experience, legal acumen, skill set, and passion necessary to effectively represent you. When you are the victim of a pedestrian accident, you deserve to be represented by someone who cares about you and won’t charge you a fortune for legal services. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you will never owe us hourly fees, or anything at all if we do not win your case.
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