Car accidents are bad enough, but getting hit with a vehicle when you are just a pedestrian becomes even more dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 129,000 pedestrians suffered non-fatal injuries after getting hit by a car. That data is for 2015 alone.
In the event you suffer a serious injury, you need to go to a hospital right away. Hopefully your injuries will not be that severe. Even in these instances, there are still steps to take to ensure the protection of your rights. Anyone hit by a car who seems fine should ultimately follow these steps to protect themselves.
Make sure the driver stops
Even if you do not seem hurt, you want the driver to stop to exchange information. Write down the license plate if the driver attempts to speed off. If the driver does stop, then try to keep a level head. You will naturally feel angry and upset, but you want to calmly ask for his or her name, contact information and insurance information.
Contact the police
Many pedestrians do not think they have to contact the police after a car hits them. However, it is the only way to make sure there is a report of what transpired. You may not want to incriminate the driver, but you also need to look out for your own self-interest. In the event there are no outstanding injuries, then you may not have to press charges. You simply want to ensure a report is there in case you need it in the future.
See a doctor
You may feel fine, but injuries sometimes take a while to manifest. You may have a broken wrist and not even know it. Therefore, you should see a doctor after the police come. You may get a clean bill of health, or you may require additional treatments. Either way, you want an immediate inspection so that it is easier to prove your injuries occurred as a direct result of the car accident.