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What to do in an accident involving a pedestrian

 

 

An automobile accident involving a pedestrian can be the scariest moment of your life. As drivers, it can be easy to overlook the fact that we share the road with bicyclists, runners, and people who are simply crossing the street. Even the most diligent driver understands that sometimes mistakes happen. If you find yourself involved in an accident between a vehicle and a pedestrian, here are some things to keep in mind.

If a pedestrian has been injured by your vehicle, never attempt to move that person. Even if the individual appears to be unharmed, there may be serious internal injuries that will not become immediately apparent. Make sure you are someplace safe and immediately call 911. It would be remiss of you to not seek medical attention for the pedestrian. If the individual is able to move on his own, advise that he move to a location that is safe and remain seated or lying down until help arrives. Again, never attempt to move a person if they are unable to do so himself.

Immediately following the accident, it’s likely that your adrenaline will be running high and while it may be difficult to do so, it is imperative that you take mental or written notes of what is happening around you. Was the individual crossing at a crosswalk? Was there something obstructing the individual’s view of the street? Was he distracted by another individual or a cell phone? Who else witnessed the accident? These are the kinds of questions that you should ask yourself while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive. If possible, jot down details using a scrap piece of paper or a utility on your smart phone to help you keep track of what is happening. These details may seem insignificant at the time, but could become substantial facts during litigation.

Finally, as with all automobile accidents, it’s important to keep your emotions in check. Do not say anything negative or derogatory to other individuals involved in the accident. It’s best practice to assume that everything you say will be used against you. Never admit blame. This could have serious adverse effects should any litigation come from the accident. You have the right to waive giving a statement to police on the scene until your attorney is present.

Involvement in any kind of automobile accident will be a significant stress. This is even more so the case when it involves a pedestrian. Should you find yourself in the situation, don’t leave the outcome to chance. You will need an attorney who is willing to leverage all of the facts to protect your best interests. If you would like to learn more, contact us, or call an office at 410-267-1880. We’re here to help you.

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