A woman was injured in a hit-and-run accident near the intersection of Skyline Drive and W. Ridgeway Street. According to a report by WJTV12, the victim was hit by an SUV at around 5:30 a.m. She suffered a leg injury but was listed in stable condition.
This crash highlights an alarming trend across the United States: According to data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, nearly 11 percent of all reported collisions are hit-and-run accidents. These crashes kill approximately 1,500 people per year, 60 percent of whom are pedestrians.
Although the recent victim in Mississippi was fortunate enough to survive her injuries, not all victims are as lucky. If you were hit by a vehicle or lost a family member in a pedestrian crash, contact Morris Bart, LTD.
You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and non-economic damages. If your family member died in a hit-and-run crash, our legal team will help you file a wrongful death lawsuit. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation with an injury attorney in Biloxi.
Read on to learn five steps to take if you are ever the victim of a pedestrian crash:
- Remain Calm and Do Not Lash out at the Driver
A pedestrian accident is a stressful event, and it is easy to lash out or behave aggressively toward the driver who caused the crash. However, this will not help the situation.
- Call the Police
Contact law enforcement immediately after the accident – even if your injuries do not seem serious. An officer will compile a police report that contains important details about injuries, property damage, the time and location of the crash, the driver and vehicle involved, and other details. Your auto accident attorney may use this report to prove liability and negligence.
- Collect Contact Details from the Driver and Witnesses
Collect the insurance and contact details from the driver who hit you. This information will be necessary to make your claim.
You should also record the contact details of eyewitnesses. Your injury attorney may use their testimonies to support your claim.
- Take Photographs
Photographs can be valuable evidence in a personal-injury lawsuit. They can help your lawyer prove liability and negligence. Try to take pictures that show the positions of vehicles, injuries, property damage, traffic signs and skid marks.
- Visit a Doctor
You should visit a doctor as soon as possible after the crash. If you put off this appointment, then the at-fault party or insurance company may argue that your injuries were not serious enough to warrant compensation or that they were not caused by the accident.
If you were injured by a negligent motorist in Mississippi, contact a Biloxi auto accident attorney from Morris Bart, LTD. We will handle the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
Our firm has been representing the injured for more than 30 years. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.