Accidents involving pedestrians and cars can be devastating, leaving victims with injuries and significant physical and emotional trauma.
It is important to know the steps to take to protect your rights and ensure you receive the necessary medical care and compensation.
1. Seek medical attention
Once sustain an injury, your foremost concern should be your well-being. Immediately dial 911 or request assistance from someone nearby. Do not underestimate the importance of seeking a medical assessment. Even if your injuries appear minor, some injuries may not manifest immediate symptoms.
2. Exchange information
In accordance with Minnesota law, individuals involved in accidents must furnish their name, address and vehicle registration number to the injured party. Likewise, ensure you collect the driver’s details, such as their name, contact information and insurance particulars. This information will prove invaluable when initiating a claim.
3. Document the scene
If possible, take photographs of the accident scene, your injuries and any damage to the vehicle. This visual evidence can be important when dealing with insurance companies.
4. File a police report
In cases involving injury, it is typically a good idea to involve law enforcement. This ensures an official record of the incident, which helps with insurance claims and any potential legal proceedings.
5. Notify your insurance company
Even if you are the injured party and not at fault, report the accident to your auto insurance company. They may offer coverage for medical expenses or uninsured motorist benefits.
In 2022, Minnesota had 788 pedestrian crashes, resulting in 708 injuries and 56 fatalities. When this type of incident happens, pedestrians have rights and the option to seek compensation.