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What to do if a car hits you as a pedestrian

Drivers need to learn to share the road with pedestrians when they have the right-of-way. According to a report from NPR, the number of pedestrian fatalities in the United States increased by 11 percent between 2016 and 2017. 

Hopefully, you will never find yourself in a situation where a vehicle strikes you as you cross the street. However, it is important to remain informed so you know how to react if this awful event happens to you. 

Get out of the street if you can

You will probably feel a combination of anger, confusion and pain if a car ever hits you. It is important to keep your emotions in check. While you may feel justified screaming at the driver, you want to look sympathetic when the police arrive at the scene. Try to get onto the sidewalk if you can. However, do not try to move if you believe you have a broken bone or any other significant injury. Moving could do more harm than good. 

Give your report to the police

Call the police and have them come to the scene to create an official report. It is important for you to share your side of the story. While the officers should normally ask all parties involved for a report, they may forget to check in with you. Make sure the report contains your accurate testimony. Have the cops read back the report to you so you know everything is there. 

See a doctor

If something hurts, then you must seek medical attention. It is also possible you will feel all right. This could simply be the adrenaline masking the pain. See a doctor and contact your insurance agency shortly after the incident. Follow the doctor's orders exactly to help with the claims process. 

Avoid talking about the accident

The only people you need to talk about the accident with are the cops, your doctor, your insurance agent and your attorney. Do not speak with the driver's insurance agency without a lawyer present because the insurer may try to get you to settle. Additionally, avoid posting the details of the case on social media. 

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