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What actions should you take if you were hit by a car?

If you are a pedestrian who has been hit by a car, your primary legal claim will be against the driver. Drivers are obligated to observe traffic laws, which require them to be alert and cognizant of pedestrians, traffic signals, road signs, crosswalks and pathways.

If you were struck by an automobile, the first thing you should do is contact the police. You should not leave the scene prior to the arrival of help. If you believe the accident was due to negligence on behalf of the driver, you want to collect as many details as possible.

Do your best to recall the license plate and description of the driver. Observe whether there were any eyewitnesses at the scene of the crime. The witnesses may help you recall key details of what took place before, during and after the accident.

You also want to have any injuries treated as soon as possible. By seeking medical assistance, you can get the care you need. And if you choose to not visit a physician, it may be more difficult to file a successful claim.

Sometimes pedestrian accidents are simply bad luck, other times they are the result of negligence on behalf of a driver who may have been intoxicated, distracted or reckless in some other way. Regardless of the exact cause, it is advisable to hire an experienced attorney to fight your case in a court of law. An attorney can investigate the accident and collect evidence that may get you the justice you deserve.

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