How to Handle a Mississippi Pedestrian AccidentMississippi Legal News
From heavy gridlock and complex traffic patterns to inclement weather and careless drivers, Mississippians have plenty to worry about when they are behind the wheel. Keeping an eye out for pedestrians can quickly turn into an afterthought. Regrettably, this usually paves the way for devastating accidents.
Those who get about on foot are especially vulnerable, even in crashes that take place at a low-speed. This is due to the fact that they have no protection from the inevitable violent impact with a two-ton vehicle. Recently it has been reported that approximately 6,000 pedestrians are killed every single year across the United States. Those who are fortunate enough to survive being hit by a vehicle, caused by a driver who is under the influence, distracted, or careless are very likely to incur life-changing injuries that have permanent consequences.
Listed below are a few of the more essential actions to take after a pedestrian accident that will help you construct the strongest possible claim.
Get to Someplace Safe
If possible, move out of the roadway to avoid subsequent accidents. Once you have reached a safe place, remain fairly still until the emergency medical technicians get there to avoid making any injuries worse than they already are.
Notify the Police
Call 911 so that the dispatcher can arrange for emergency medical assistance. The police will also be dispatched to the crash site so that they may direct traffic, prevent fights between the people involved, review the accident, and write up their official accident report. Be sure to write down the names and badge numbers of the responding officers because their report will be a critical piece of evidence.
Get the Driver’s Current Contact Information
Assuming the driver does not flee the scene, which is sadly common following pedestrian accidents, get his or her name, insurance information, driver’s license number, and contact details.
Get Immediate Medical Attention
If you are not transported straight from the scene to a local hospital, visit a doctor as soon as possible. Even if you feel relatively fine, certain injuries may not manifest immediate symptoms but can cause serious complications if left untreated.
If you or a member of your family has been involved in a car accident, attorneys at Germany Law Firm, PLLC are in your corner. We have the experience and the knowledge necessary to help you obtain the financial compensation to which you are entitled.
After almost four decades of legal practice, our skilled, Mississippi-based attorneys know exactly what it takes to win your case. Our attorneys are proud of their outstanding performance histories and distinguished reputations.
If you have recently been injured due to the negligence of another driver, then we firmly encourage you to speak with a qualified Mississippi personal injury attorney by giving us a call at (601) 487-0555 and scheduling an appointment for a free case evaluation so that we can advise you on the best course of legal action for your situation.