Pedestrians always have the right of way in New York and many other states, so if you accidentally collide a pedestrian, you might be held responsible for their personal injuries, pain and suffering, and lost wages. If you hit a pedestrian, your actions immediately afterward can protect your rights and influence the outcome of the case. Consider the following advice in the event of a collision with a pedestrian.
What to Do if You Hit a Pedestrian
1. Stay at the Scene
In every state, hit-and-runs are a criminal offense with serious consequences, especially if an injury has occurred. Many people panic after hitting a pedestrian, but it’s important to stop, help anyone injured get to safety, and call the police if you accidentally strike a pedestrian. Even if the person you hit says they’re uninjured, it’s best to wait at the scene until paramedics and police arrive.
2. Collect Evidence
If the pedestrian is seriously injured, they may be able to file a lawsuit against you personally, so document the scene and collect as much evidence as possible. For instance, take photos of your vehicle, the exact location of the collision, and any factors that might have contributed to the accident. If anyone witnessed the accident, try to get their names and contact information, along with a description of what they saw.
3. Avoid Talking About the Accident
Aside from exchanging contact information and asking whether they need medical attention, it’s best to avoid talking extensively to the pedestrian or anyone else at the scene. Even innocuous statements and apologies can be used as proof of liability in a personal injury lawsuit later, so the best approach is to say nothing that could imply guilt or responsibility.
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