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What Should I do if someone hits my car? What happens if I am hit by a car?

If you were hit by a car, first of all, don’t panic. If anyone is injured, you should err on the side of safety and call an ambulance. Make sure to notify law-enforcement and request their presence at the scene of the accident to facilitate the exchange of information. Do not take another driver up on his or her invitation to handle it between insurance companies without the need for a police officer, or worse, to “resolve” issues without reporting the accident to the insurance companies. Avoid making any unnecessary statements to the other driver or anyone else at the scene. Stick to the facts. Don’t discuss fault for the accident, but do take note of any statements that you hear from the other driver or from a witness. If there are bystander witnesses, make sure to get their contact information and find out what they saw. Take pictures of any and all damage, of any visible injuries, and of the scene of the accident.

If you were hit by a car as a pedestrian, all of the above applies with equal force. Make certain to obtain the driver’s insurance information and to obtain a photo of the license plate number of the vehicle.

When the vehicles and any related damage have been addressed and you have been checked out by a medical professional, it is time to contact an experienced personal injury attorney for next steps and further advice. Many steps in the early phases of a case may be mishandled if an attorney is not attending to them as they happen. The sooner you get advice specific to your situation, the more an attorney can do to help you.


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