There is nothing more frustrating than driving, following the rules of the road and getting hit by someone who wasn’t paying attention. Unfortunately, distracted drivers are common on the roads, and their actions may put others at risk.
If you are struck by a driver who you believe was distracted, it’s time to take steps to hold them accountable. What should you do after a crash? Here are three steps to take.
- Get more information about what happened
If you are hurt but still able to speak with the other driver, it may be beneficial to ask them what they were doing. If they made a mistake behind the wheel, it’s possible that they will admit to looking at their phone or being distracted by something going on inside the vehicle.
If you can, getting this admission in front of witnesses may help. If you can’t speak with the other driver, try to remember if you saw them looking away or down before you were hit. Ask witnesses if they saw anything, too, so you can build your case.
- Write everything down as soon as you can
If you have your phone on hand, it may help to take photos and to write down as much information about the crash as you can. Over time, you may start to forget aspects of what happened, so writing down what you recall, getting a video or photo and trying to recall as much as possible right now will help you when you start to build your case.
- Go to the hospital
Finally, go to the hospital. Although you may feel that you’re fine at the moment, going to the hospital is a good way to show that you were injured badly enough to need an examination. Many times, people with serious injuries don’t realize how badly they’re hurt until later, so seeking early treatment could help you get a diagnosis and start treatment sooner.
These are three things to do if you’re hit by a distracted driver. Make your health a priority, and then you can start to build your case.