Learn What to Do If You Are Injured While Walking or Biking in Southern California

Learn What to Do If You Are Injured While Walking or Biking in Southern California

Knowing what to do in the event of a pedestrian collision is essential since accidents can happen. The most important actions to do following an accident are listed below. Remember to contact a personal injury attorney by calling Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 right away.

Safety first

Before doing anything else following an event, you must make sure that everyone involved is safe. Exercise great caution and do not move anyone, not even yourself. You cannot be certain whether a hurt pedestrian has spinal injury if they are immobilized. If you are unable to move due to an injury, try to be seen by passing cars and ask for help from bystanders.

Call emergency services

Always dial 911 after an accident that results in injuries or property damage, and request the police and an ambulance. The responding officer will write a report on the incident. This report can be required by insurance companies, and it will be important in any legal procedures.

Do not forget to provide the police all the information you can. Lastly, before the police depart, acquire the investigating officer’s badge and the incident reference numbers. Both of these pieces of information will be essential as you support your argument.

If someone is hurt, EMS assistance is also required. Just after the crash, everyone involved will experience an adrenaline surge that will numb any pain. The person who claims to be “fine” may actually be in agonizing agony as the first adrenaline rush wears off.

Share information

Wherever feasible, make a note of everyone’s contact information. Although this information should be included in the police report, it never hurts to be extra careful in these situations.

Look for any witnesses

Witness testimony might be useful if your case is heard in court. Witness testimonies may be crucial evidence for your personal injury attorney if you were hurt in a hit-and-run accident that was the fault of the fleeing motorist. Ensure that you have all witnesses’ contact details.

Take pictures

There is always more paperwork needed in a case involving injuries. As a result, take pictures of the accident scene, including any stop signs or other traffic delays, ideally with the date and time stated. Also, be sure to record any incidents of injuries and property damage (even to your bike).

If you have a GoPro or other helmet or handlebar camera, keep the footage and present it to the police. A copy of the movie should be sent to your insurance company as well.

Get medical help

Visit the doctor if you are injured to get your wounds evaluated. Injury risk increases when it is neglected or undertreated. Keep all invoices, reports, and any pertinent medical documentation.

Speak with a personal injury attorney

If you are hit by a car, the injuries you can receive might drastically change your life. Potential accidents might lead to expensive medical bills and time away from your family, job, or school. It is essential to have a personal injury who can help you recoup compensation for your damages. Contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 to get started.

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