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Steps to take if you are a pedestrian hit by a car

Even if pedestrians use a crosswalk, they need to be cautious of potential traffic. In 2015, over 129,000 pedestrians required treatment in emergency rooms for injuries sustained from a moving vehicle. Since the pedestrian has no protection, as would be the case between two drivers, the possibility of a serious injury occurring increases greatly. 

If a car strikes you as a pedestrian, then the most important thing is to assess any injuries you may have received. You may feel all right, but it is still a good idea to contact medical personnel. See a doctor right away, so you get a proper diagnosis. 

Talk to the police

When you contact an ambulance, you should ask for the police to come out. You may feel bad incriminating the driver, especially if you genuinely believe you are fine, but it is vital to remember you need to look out for your own best interest. Even if an ambulance needs to transport you, you should still make sure to speak to an officer. Your testimony is vital to this case, and you want to ask the cop to read back the report to you. Make sure every detail is accurate to the best of your knowledge. 

Keep the driver at the scene and exchange information

Make sure the driver stays at the scene until the police report is final. Obtain the driver's insurance information, driver's license number and license plate number. Provide your contact information, too. Once you do all this, you will want to take out your smartphone and take pictures of the scene. Document any damage to the vehicle as well as any wounds on your body. 

Begin the insurance claim

Once you see a doctor, you will want to begin the claims process. Contact the driver's insurance agency. Give the representative the basic information. You simply need to state you were a pedestrian whom the driver struck. Do not disclose all the details until you have a chance to speak with your lawyer. 

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