What Should I Do If I’m Hit by a Car in a Pedestrian Accident?
Pedestrian accidents can be catastrophic and result in serious and even life-threatening injuries. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) reports that 228 pedestrians were killed in accidents in North Carolina in 2018 alone.
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident in North Carolina, you may be wondering, “What should I do if I’ve been hit by a car?”
What you do in the immediate aftermath of a pedestrian accident can have a tremendous impact on your health and potential injury claim for compensation. In this article, we’ll share tips for what you should do if you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident.
Our North Carolina personal injury lawyers have handled many pedestrian accident cases in more than 35 years serving injury victims and we would love to help you if you’ve been hit by a car — call 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE consultation today.
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident
If you’ve been hit by a car, truck or other motor vehicle in a pedestrian accident, follow these tips to stay safe and protect your legal rights:
- Try to Remain Calm: It is perfectly understandable to be angry or emotional if you’ve been hit by a car as a pedestrian. But try to remain calm. For one, you will appear more sympathetic to responding law enforcement officers.
- Move Out of the Street: If you’re able or with assistance, move out of the roadway to protect yourself. If you are seriously injured, wait for assistance from emergency first responders.
- Keep the Driver There: Especially if you believe your injuries to be relatively minor, it can be tempting to simply wave off the driver and let them leave. Do not let the driver leave, and ask witnesses to remain, as well. The police officer will need to collect information from them and conduct interviews in order to evaluate the crash scene and complete an accident report.
- Call 911: Regardless of how severe you believe your injuries to be, call 911 immediately and wait for first responders to arrive. Not only will this help ensure your health and safety, but an official police report will be critical in any potential pedestrian accident injury claim. When the officer interviews you, cooperate and be polite, but do NOT admit fault, even if you believe you may have contributed to the accident.
- Get the Driver’s Information: Collect contact and insurance information from the driver of the vehicle. Also be sure to get the vehicle’s license plate number.
- Take Photos: Document the crash scene with photos. Be sure to capture images of any damage, debris, skid marks, road markings and signage, etc. You should also take photos of any injuries you’ve suffered. If your emotional state or injuries make taking photographs yourself impossible, ask a bystander to take photos for you.
- Seek Medical Treatment: Even if your injuries are not immediately apparent, you could still be at risk. Follow the instructions of responding paramedics or other first responders and visit the hospital immediately if necessary. A doctor’s report will prove critical in any potential claim if you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident.
- Call the Insurance Company and File a Claim: Contact the driver’s insurance company and file an injury claim. Do NOT provide any details surrounding the accident before speaking with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies often use “tricks” to try and get you to admit fault in order to deny your claim, and you need to protect your legal rights.
- Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer: An experienced pedestrian accident lawyer can help protect your legal rights and increase the odds that you receive maximum compensation for your pedestrian accident injury. At Riddle & Brantley, we provide free consultations and we don’t get paid unless we recover compensation for you.
In the state of North Carolina, you have 3 years to file a pedestrian accident claim and only 2 years in cases involving wrongful death. It’s important that you contact an attorney immediately in order to protect your legal rights and pursue compensation.
There is no obligation and we don’t get paid unless you do. You won’t pay a dime in attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation in a settlement or verdict.
Justice Counts for those hit by cars as pedestrians and we would love to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Please call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your claim.
“I would recommend them to anyone. They fought hard for me.”
–Christine W., Riddle & Brantley client
Results for Pedestrian Accident Victims in North Carolina
If you’ve been hit by a car in a pedestrian accident, you deserve an attorney and legal team 100% committed to you and your success. In more than 35 years of serving the people of North Carolina, we’ve recovered millions of dollars in compensation (sed disclaimer below) in pedestrian accident cases, including:
- $1,900,000 — We brought in an accident reconstructionist to prove liability after our client was severely injured in a pedestrian accident involving a heavy cement truck. She suffered serious injuries and turned to Riddle & Brantley for help. Attorney and founding partner Gene Riddle and late partner Gene Jenkins successfully negotiated a total settlement of $1.9 million.
- $1,625,000 — We hired an outside expert to investigate and help prove liability in this case handled by attorneys Gene Riddle and Kurt Dixon. Through mediation proceedings, we negotiated a total settlement of $1.625 on behalf of the pedestrian accident victim.
- $140,000 — Our client was crossing a road on foot when she was hit by a car and suffered serious injuries. We took the case and fought tirelessly against the insurance company, which denied liability in the case. Ultimately, we were able to recover $140,000 in total compensation for the injured victim.
*** Disclaimer: The results mentioned are intended to illustrate the type of cases handled by the firm. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they should not be construed to constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Every case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors unique to that case.
“They made a hard time in my life easier to endure.”
–Melissa C., Riddle & Brantley client
There is no obligation and we don’t get paid unless you do. There are no attorney fees unless we win your case and recover compensation for you in a settlement or verdict.
Justice Counts. Please call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your claim.