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.
Why You Need to Hire a Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Because Tennessee car crash laws give you just one year for a personal injury lawsuit and three years for property damage, it’s best to contact an attorney sooner rather than later. If you are involved in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident, it can take time to look for the driver and build a case. A pedestrian accident is a stressful ordeal that will likely disrupt your life in a major way. Pursuing legal action can help you recover the damages you deserve.
Have You Been Injured In A Tennessee Pedestrian Accident?
If you've been injured in a pedestrian accident you need to speak with an experienced pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 615.220.4180 to schedule your free consultation. We will schedule a time to meet with you at one of our offices in Smyrna, Nashville or Murfreesboro—whichever location is most convenient for you.