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What to do after being hit by a car

As a pedestrian, getting hit by a car can be a very traumatic experience. Whether you were seriously injured or only suffered a few cuts and bruises, you are likely to be suffering mentally and emotionally, and you will be at a much higher risk for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is important, therefore, to make sure that you know your rights when it comes to recouping damages for the suffering that you have endured, the wages that you have lost and the medical expenses that you have had to pay.

The following is some advice in taking next steps after being hit by a car.

Make sure that you recover fully

In the days and the weeks after the accident, it is important that you ensure that you are fully recovered before you start pursuing any legal claims. This will ensure that you are not putting too much stress on yourself, and that you keep your health as a priority.

Consider the liability

Before filing a claim, you should also consider who was to blame for the accident. Was there an unclear crossroad or dangerous sidewalk? Was the driver speeding or under the influence of alcohol? You should specifically consider whether you were acting safely. As a pedestrian, you have the duty to care for your own safety and take responsibility for the consequences of a breach of duty.

If you were hit by a car and would like to take legal action, you should consider your specific situation carefully and think about how the law applies.

Source: Findlaw, "Pedestrian Accidents Overview," accessed Dec. 08, 2017

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