As long as not walking in the middle of the highway, you have the right to take a leisurely walk along the road. Walking is great for your health, and it is highly recommended. But, while at it, you shouldn’t lose focus and overlook some potential road hazards because a careless or an inexperienced driver could hit you. You should also be vigilant of speeding drivers, especially if you are walking at night.
While most accidents result from a fault on the driver’s or the pedestrian’s end, here are some of the things you should do in the event of an accident:
Move to safety
If you can, move to the side of the road, but if the injuries are severe, other pedestrians or the driver should not move you but call for help immediately. Moving someone who has been hit and is severely injured is risky because the person hit could have sustained severe neck or back injuries. If alone and physically able to move, move to safety then call 911 or the police. If you can talk, ask the driver to wait for the police as well.
Seek medical attention
Even before you think of calling your accident lawyer Ontario, you must seek medical attention. Even if you feel fine and think you are unharmed, you must go to the hospital because you could have suffered internal injuries which could manifest later on. Often, internal injuries are fatal. There is also the fact that the shock and the adrenaline coursing through your blood from the accident will mask the pain you are in for some time. So, follow the instructions of the paramedics and go with them to the hospital if they insist. Even if you are not worried about medical expenses, you should document all the accident-related medical expenses.
Note that you will have to treat all your injuries until the heal. You have to go for reviews as directed by the doctor. You should only start dealings with the insurance company when you are properly healed and after your doctor gives their report.
Take photos of the accident
For compensation, you must collect photos of the crash as well as injuries suffered. The photos will be evidence used to explain how the accident happened and who was at fault. The insurance company will not make any payment in the absence of evidence. So, if you are not badly injured, you should take photos showing the damage on the vehicle, debris resulting from the accident, the direction you were headed, as well as all the visible injuries.
Contact your attorney
Once you are healed, you should find a personal injury attorney to help you fight for your rights and to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. You need an experienced lawyer for the best representation. In some cases, the municipality may be liable for the damages and injuries suffered.
Get the insurance companies involved
You should contact your insurance company as well as the driver’s insurance to settle the claim. You shouldn’t, however, say that you are sorry or that the accident was your fault. Unless you speak to your attorney, don’t give a statement.