What Should I Do If I Get Hit By a Car as a Pedestrian?

Unfortunately, pedestrians are struck by cars every day in the United States. While pedestrians generally have the right of way in relation to cars, there are instances where a pedestrian may be found partially or totally responsible for their accident-related injuries.

If you were hit by a car in the Denver area, there are ways to protect your legal rights and ensure that any at fault parties are held responsible for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more.

The following offers valuable advice about what to do if you are hit by a car in Colorado. For specific claim information and a case review, contact a Denver personal injury lawyer.

Steps to Take After Getting Hit By a Car

The aftermath of a vehicle-pedestrian accident can be chaotic. However, keeping a clear and doing the following can preserve your physical health and provide valuable evidence for a future legal claim:

  • Make sure the driver who hit you stays at the scene;
  • Call 911 and ask for police and medical assistance;
  • Ask the driver for their contact and car insurance information, write down their license plate number;
  • Photograph the accident scene, any damages, and your injuries;
  • Write down the names and contact information of eyewitnesses;
  • Ask the responding officer when and where a police report will be available for you to pick up;
  • Follow up any emergency medical attention with a thorough medical examination; and
  • Speak with an experienced car accident attorney.

It is vital to speak with a car accident attorney prior to making any written or recorded statements to the driver’s insurance company. Any statements or misstatements you make may be used against you in any insurance claim.

Always get immediate medical care after being struck by a car. Even if you do not feel hurt, some serious accident injuries are only detectable through a thorough medical exam such as traumatic brain injuries and internal bleeding.

Statute of Limitations for Vehicle-Pedestrian Accidents in Colorado

There is a three-year statute of limitations or deadline to file a vehicle-pedestrian accident claim in Colorado. If you fail to file your claim within this window, a judge will likely dismiss your case.

If your claim is against the government, the deadlines are stricter. Either way, it is crucial to start your claim as soon as possible.

Comparative Fault and Vehicle-Pedestrian Accidents in Colorado

If you think you contributed to your accident, you may still qualify for compensation in Colorado. Colorado follows the comparative fault system. 

This system allows accident victims to recover compensation for their injuries so long as they are no more than 50% responsible for the accident.

Contact an Experienced Denver Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Today

Contact the experienced Denver pedestrian accident attorneys at Dulin McQuinn Young today for a complimentary claim review. We have helped injury victims across Colorado recover much-needed compensation and hold those who harmed them responsible for their damages.

Dulin McQuinn Young has a track record of success and is ready to go to battle for you! Contact our Denver office today to learn more about the personal injury claims process and protecting your rights as an injury victim.

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