Time and time again there are articles published explaining how you should handle a hit and run when you are the victim, but what should you do when you are the driver? Here are a few bullet points on how to react after accidentally hitting a pedestrian:
While this step may seem rather obvious, sometimes adrenaline can get the best of a person, and make them forget even the simplest actions. Continuing to drive is a crime, and is known as a hit and run. Even if there’s a chance that you just lightly tapped a person or car – STOP. Taking responsibility for your actions will help you to avoid a slew of legal issues later. Also, above anything, it’s the right thing to do!
Once you’ve stopped your car, it’s important to investigate the scene, and aid the victim (if there is one). Check the pedestrian for injuries, ensure that you will get them the help they need, but try not to move them if the injuries are bad. Moving an injured person often can cause worse damage/injuries.
Once you have quickly scanned the area and checked on the pedestrian – call 911 as soon as possible. They are the ones who are able to handle the situation properly, and fully aid the victim. After calling the police, don’t leave the scene. Wait for the police to come so that you can accurately handle the process of reporting the accident.
Cooperating with law enforcement is essential to making the process smoother. Do not get in their way, and try to work with them as much as possible. Likewise, call the police even if the pedestrian seems okay, and tells you not to. It’s a smart way of covering yourself because it’s possible that the pedestrian will accuse you of a hit and run later. Exchange information with everyone involved to avoid any confusion, and for future reference.
Taking pictures, exchanging information, and taking notes on the accident will help with the legal process. Reaching out to an attorney will provide you with piecing the accident together, and building a strong case, if needed. Our attorneys are experienced on every sort of car accident. Guiding you through the process and making sure all the appropriate steps are taken will relieve some of the stress and burden you may feel.
More often we see news stories about hit and runs, where the victim is left to suffer. Knowing how to handle an accident honorably when you are the driver is just as important, if not more important, than knowing how to protect yourself as the victim.
If you have been hurt or involved in a hit and run, car accident, or pedestrian accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at the Horwitz Law Group. Call today to schedule a FREE consultation with Chicago’s personal injury attorney at(312) 641-9200.
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