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What to Do if You are the Victim in a Pedestrian Accident

Published on July 27th, 2011

Being involved in an auto accident as a pedestrian can be a scary experience. There are a number of things you should always remember to do you if you are involved in a pedestrian-auto accident. Here are five steps to protecting your rights after being hit by a car.

1. Report The Accident Immediately

Even if you don’t think you’ve been injured, always call the 9-1-1 to file a police report, or ask someone else to do it for you. This is the only way to legally document the events of the accident, and will help you file a personal injury claim in the future.

2. Collect Driver and Witness Information


Getting the personal and contact information of the driver and witnesses is extremely important. Additionally, make sure that you get the driver’s insurance information, as well as the make, model, and license plate number on the vehicle. This information will be critical to building a personal injury case with your attorney.

3. Go to a Hospital

Going to a hospital is another way of documenting what happened during the accident. You may have injuries that you are unaware of, or may develop injuries directly resulting from the auto accident. This information should be documented by a medical professional so you can protect your health and finances.

4. Consult a Personal Injury Attorney

Whether or not you think you have a case, always consult a personal injury attorney that specializes in handling auto accident cases. Your lawyer can help you determine whether or not it’s possible to file a claim based on the police and medical reports, and can provide expert guidance on accident and personal injury law.

Injuries resulting from your accident can cause a lifetime of pain, suffering, financial strain, and other issues. Seeking compensation is not only smart; it’s also your right! Contact the personal injury attorneys at the Shea Law Group by calling (773) 365-0040. Our attorneys specialize in personal injury claims resulting from auto accidents, dog bites, and much more.


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