How pedestrians can protect themselves after hit and runs

On Behalf of | Feb 24, 2020 | Pedestrian Accidents

New York is a chaotic place for pedestrians. Walking down the street can feel like navigating a battlefield. And dodging drivers and cyclists can feel like the norm rather than the exception to the rule.

In 2019, there were 124 pedestrian deaths and over 10,000 pedestrian injuries in New York. Yet otherwise, pedestrian fatalities in the city have decreased in recent years. But this trend excludes the fact that hit and run accidents have been increasing in New York.

Being the victim of a hit and run can carry serious – if not grave – consequences. But you can take these steps to protect yourself if you’re at the mercy of a rogue motorist or cyclist.

Seek help

You may feel tempted to downplay the severity of your hit and run injuries. Yet reporting the accident right away is imperative. So is seeking appropriate medical attention. Doing both could prevent future complications – both for your health and your finances.

Provide as much information as possible

If a vehicle hit you, you might recall its make, model or color. You might also remember its license plate. These details can help law enforcement officials search for the offending driver and hold them accountable for the accident and your injuries. If you’re hit by a cyclist, determining the model and owner could prove difficult. But even noting the bike’s style, its color or the rider’s attire can help establish a picture of the owner’s identity.

Pursue your claim

The motorist or cyclist who hit you may have run because they lacked proper insurance. Or you may lack the information to track them down, and they could remain at large. In these cases, you will need to file a claim through your insurance company to cover medical costs. But the driver or cyclist may get caught and carry proper insurance. Then, you can file a claim through their company instead.

Your odds of being a hit and run victim are low. But in a bustling city like New York, it’s wise to remain vigilant as a pedestrian to possible dangers. Consulting with a personal injury lawyer can help you achieve an outcome that could ease your journey back to health.