Though we like to imagine that any reasonable driver would stop after hitting another vehicle or a pedestrian, the reality is that hit-and-run accidents are common. There have been, on average, 682,000 hit-and-run crashes each year for more than a decade, and 65 percent of people killed in those accidents were pedestrians or bicyclists.
After you’ve been hit, you’ll likely be dazed and have difficulty processing your surroundings, so it’s helpful to know how to respond, well in advance of an accident.
Steps to Take, in Order
After the accident, follow these steps, in order, to the best of your ability. It’s important to remain calm and in control throughout this process, so take a deep breath and concentrate.
- Get to safety. First things first: you need to get to safety. If you’re a pedestrian and you’re able to move, get to the sidewalk or a patch of grass as soon as you can. If you’re in a vehicle and you can move it, get it to the shoulder and put on your hazard lights to avoid the possibility of another accident. If you can’t move the vehicle, get yourself to the curb as safely as you can.