In Michigan, pedestrian accidents account for around 100 deaths every year. About 80% of all pedestrians involved in accidents will be injured or killed. Bicyclists accounted for over 1,700 accidents involving cars in 2017, with more than 1,300 injuries, meaning that the likelihood of a severe injury is quite high. Knowing what to do after a pedestrian accident is key to ensuring that you are safe and can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Pedestrian or Bike Accident Checklist
If you or someone you know has been in a pedestrian accident or bicycle accident, you’ll need to:
1. Get Medical Attention as Soon as Possible.
First thing first: obtain immediate medical care for your injuries. Either call 911 or have someone call on your behalf if you cannot call.
2. Contact the Police
The police will document the scene and file official reports. Here’s how to report a bicycle accident:
- If you can, try to get the driver’s name and contact information. Details like this will make things go more smoothly once the police arrive.
- Detail any known injuries to the police. When you’re struck by a car, sometimes full injuries don’t always appear immediately, so make sure you mention any pain you feel after the accident.
- Ask the responding officer for a copy of the completed police report.
3. Document Your Injuries
If you were injured due to the accident, seek treatment with a medical care provider. Your care team will provide the documentation needed to support a personal injury claim.
4. Contact Your Insurance Company
Once you have been taken care of medically, reach out to your car insurance company to file a claim. As a pedestrian or bicyclist involved in an accident, your own No-Fault insurance policy’s Personal Injury Protection Policy limits will apply.
5. Contact Dingeman & Dancer, PLC
After you have documented your injuries, obtained a copy of the police report of the accident, and filed an insurance claim, your next step is to contact an attorney who will help you put your case together.
Knowing what to do after a pedestrian accident is key to ensuring that you are safe and can help you get the compensation you deserve.