Being hit by a car is a horrifying experience. Even if you believe that you are not badly injured, your injuries might be much worse than you expect. You might have internal organ damage and internal bleeding for example. Therefore, you must be very careful with the steps you take after your accident.
Assessing Your Injuries
If you are experiencing a few bruises are scrapes, you will likely be able to recover quickly. However, if you suffer any broken bones, these can be life-altering unless you are able to have your broken bones treated as soon as possible.
The driver should try to move out of the way so that the ambulance can arrive and to avoid any further accidents. However, this might not be possible if you are laying in the middle of the street. Then, the driver will simply need to wait for the ambulance to arrive. Regardless of how severe your injuries are, you must make sure to document all of them.
Contact both law enforcement and emergency services. You will need a police officer to write a police report. Also, the driver might have committed a crime by hitting you depending on the circumstances. For example, if the driver hit you while you were walking on the sidewalk, he might be charged with reckless driving.
Working with a Personal Injury Law Firm
One of the first things you should do once you have received medical treatment is to contact a personal injury law firm. You will almost always receive a bigger settlement if you are receiving help from a personal injury law firm.
To be able to help you, the personal injury law firm will conduct research into your accident and into relevant case law so that they can build a case. This will then be used when negotiating with the insurance provider of the motorist or if your case goes to court.
Helping Your Personal Injury Attorney
You will be able to help your personal injury attorney if you make sure to memorize everything that occurred during the accident such as how the accident occurred, who may have witnessed the accident, and whether there were any traffic cameras that might have seen the accident.
If you're not sure which personal injury lawyer to hire, make sure to hire a lawyer who is board-certified and who has experience handling cases that involve car accidents and pedestrian injuries.