What to Do if You’re Hit by a Car
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Nobody expects to be hit by a car when they are out walking or riding a bike, but a car accident can happen in seconds and suddenly your life is changed. You can be left with painful injuries and a lot of medical bills. Many people aren’t sure what to do next. The experienced car accident lawyers at The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic are ready to fight for you.
Recovering financial compensation after being hit by a car can be a long, complicated and frustrating process. Our attorneys build a strong case and guide you every step of the way. Whether you were involved in a rear-end accident, head-on collision or other type of crash, there are some things you can do that can help protect your safety and your rights.
What to do if you’re hit by a car:
- See A Doctor
No matter how you feel, get medical attention. You may think you weren’t really hurt, and you seem fine. Going to a doctor may seem unnecessary. But some injuries – such as head injuries and internal injuries – could have delayed symptoms. A health care professional can determine if you’ve been hurt and administer any needed treatment. Your injuries will also be documented.
- Get the Police
The police who respond will fill out a Florida traffic crash report that contains important information about the crash. This includes time, date, location, license plate number, contact information and whether there were any injuries. An officer will also note whether the driver was speeding, texting or engaging in other dangerous behavior.
- Gather Information
If you can, ask the driver and any witnesses for their names, addresses and phone numbers. Ask the driver for insurance information. Write down the license plate number and make and model of the car. If you can, write down your account of what happened.
- Collect Evidence
While still at the accident scene, take pictures, if you can. Take pictures of the car that hit you, traffic signs and signals, any visible injuries, property damage and road conditions. As you receive medical treatment, keep all documentation together in a folder or large envelope.
- Talk to a Lawyer
It’s important to get advice from an experienced attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights. A lawyer can review the details of your accident, go over your legal options and answer any questions that you have.
We’re ready to fight for you
People often aren’t sure what to do next after a car accident. All they have are questions. Some of the questions we get from clients include:
- Should I talk to the insurance company after a car accident?
You need to notify your own insurance company, if applicable, that you were involved an accident, but stick to the basic facts. You are not required to talk to the insurance company for the other driver. If they contact you, politely decline to answer questions. Then talk to a lawyer.
- What if a driver was uninsured or underinsured?
Personal injury protection (PIP) will cover some of your medical expenses. If you have uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage (UIM) on your policy, you can file a claim for additional compensation with your own insurance company.
- What if it was a hit-and-run accident?
UIM coverage on your insurance policy can cover your damages. If you don’t have UIM coverage, a lawyer can review your case and go over your options.