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What should I do if I am the victim in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident?

When pedestrians are hit by vehicles, the injuries can be serious. If the driver of the vehicle drives off, you’re left in serious pain—and with some potentially serious medical bills and other expenses. Here’s what you should know about these accidents.

Steps to Take After a Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accident

The first thing you should do is move out of the way if you are on the street or in a parking lot where another vehicle could hit you. If possible, try to take a picture of the vehicle that hit you—especially if you see that the driver is not going to stop. Your next steps should be to:

Call the police

Even if you do not think you are badly injured, you should report the accident. Sometimes injuries take time to appear. Be sure to give them your perspective on what happened.

Talk to any eyewitnesses

If there are witnesses at the scene of the accident, be sure to get their contact information.

Take photos of the accident scene

Pictures can provide evidence of what happened after the scene is cleaned up.

Get medical treatment immediately

Not getting medical treatment will make it look like your injuries are not serious, which could potentially hurt a future insurance claim.

Keep a journal

Write down your expenses related to the accident, including medical bills and lost wages if you are out of work because of your injuries.

Contact a lawyer

You want someone who specializes in pedestrian accidents. An experienced attorney can investigate what happened, gather evidence (including any surveillance video), work with the police to try and identify the hit-and-run driver, and negotiate with your own insurance company if you have uninsured motorist coverage. 

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