Being hit by a vehicle while walking or running can lead to serious injuries. According to NHTSA, there were over 6,500 pedestrians killed in crashes in the U.S. in 2020. Knowing what to do after a pedestrian accident in crucial.
Unfortunately, many of pedestrian crashes end deadly including the death of a 72-year-old man Sunday evening in Simpson County Mississippi. According to WLBT, around 8 P.M. Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to the fatal pedestrian crash on Hwy 49 where the pedestrian was pronounced dead on the scene. The pedestrian crash is still under investigation. Just a few weeks ago another deadly pedestrian crash was reported in Memphis where a child was killed while walking.
After a pedestrian accident be sure to follow these steps to make sure your rights are protected, and you get maximum compensation.
- Call the Police
After being hit by a car, report the accident to the police immediately. Be sure to tell the police exactly what happened but do not discuss fault at the scene.
- Take Note of Witnesses
Be sure to take note of any witnesses to the crash and get there name and number if possible. This will be greatly beneficial for your case.
- Seek Medical Treatment
After the police have arrived seek medical treatment ASAP. Be sure to ask them for a full medical evaluation to make sure you have no internal injuries as well.
- Contact Insurance Company
Even though you were injured as a pedestrian, if you have car insurance many times you are covered under this policy for any pedestrian accidents.
- Contact a Pedestrian Lawyer
Be sure to contact an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer. Hiring the right pedestrian attorney can make a huge difference when it comes to getting you the maximum compensation.
While the road to recovery after a pedestrian crash can be long and many times painful, following these steps can lead to having your rights protected and getting you maximum compensation for your injuries.
If you or a loved one was involved in a pedestrian accident, call the dedicated Mississippi Pedestrian Accident Law Firm of Chhabra & Gibbs P.A. Our experienced personal injury team has over 130+ years of combined experience fighting for individuals of pedestrian accidents, car crashes, 18-wheeler wrecks, workers comp cases and more. Contact us for a FREE case evaluation at 601-948-8005. For more personal injury news visit msinjurylaw.com.