Know What to Do if You See Someone Else Get Hit and Conclusion
It is very important to know what to do if you are hit by a car in Las Vegas. However, it is equally as important to know what to do if you see someone else get hit. If you know what actions to take when someone else is involved in an accident, you may help them to get the medical attention they deserve, which could be lifesaving. Your testimony could also be a key part of the investigatory process and may help them to receive the compensation that they deserve. If you know what to do in advance, this knowledge can help you to stay calm and act quickly.
Provide Assistance and Contact the Police
If you see someone else get hit, the first thing that you should do is approach them and make sure they are OK. Even if you are not a doctor, determining whether or not they are injured is critical. If they are injured and you have any medical or first aid training, you should administer care as appropriate. If you do not have any training, then you should not move the person, but instead reassure them that you are there, that they are going to be okay, and that help is on the way. You should also call 911 immediately, and provide the dispatcher with detailed information about the location of the accident and the injuries that the person has suffered. Remain with the person until help arrives.
Wait for Police to Arrive and File a Report
You should also wait for police to arrive; do not leave the scene until you have spoken to an officer. When police arrive, you should provide a detailed description of what you saw, including any details you can provide about what each party (the person who was hit and the driver of the motor vehicle) was doing at the time of the crash. What you tell police can be critical in determining fault, so be honest and stick to the facts.
Provide Your Contact Information
Before you leave the scene after giving police officers your version of events, be sure that you leave your contact information and name with all parties. It is possible that the parties, their attorneys, or an insurance adjuster will reach out to you with more questions. Be prepared for this, and make sure contact information you provide is up to date.
If You’re Contacted By an Insurance Adjuster
If you are contacted by an insurance adjuster, follow the same protocol as talking to the police: be honest and keep to the facts. Don’t offer opinions or feelings about what happened, or make guesses about how fast you think the driver was traveling or that they were “probably” distracted, etc.
More about Car Accidents
Both getting hit by a car and watching someone else get hit by a car are scary experiences. As a recap, if you’re hit by a car, it is important that you:
- Stay calm and move out of the street;
- Keep the driver there;
- Call the police and wait for them to arrive;
- Collect the driver’s information and take photos;
- Make sure your voice is heard when talking with police;
- Seek medical attention immediately;
- Start an insurance claim; and
- Call an attorney.
If you see someone else get hit, provide comfort and care if trained, call the police, file a police report, and provide your contact information.
Calling an attorney when you are hit is very important. Working with an attorney could maximize the amount of money that you receive, and could be the difference between walking away with money in your pocket, or fighting an insurance adjuster for months only to ultimately leave with nothing. Because working with an attorney doesn’t cost you anything out of pocket, there is no reason not to schedule a free consultation.
At the offices of the Naqvi Law Firm, our experienced car accident attorneys are prepared to provide you with the legal representation you need when you’ve been hit by a car. Our legal team has been representing car accident victims in Las Vegas for years, knows how to investigate claims, and has experience in the courtroom. We are passionate about fighting hard for our clients and believe that all those who are victims of car accidents should be fully compensated for their harm.
Remember, time is running out to file your claim, and the clock on the statute of limitations is ticking. For your free consultation, call us today or send us a message using the contact form on our website.