Hit While Walking, Running or Cycling in Erie, Meadville, Warren or Franklin Pennsylvania? Six Tips to Help You Make Things Right Again
There is nothing quite like abandoning the treadmill or stationary bike and running or cycling outdoors. In our region of Pennsylvania, the various trails and parks in and around Erie and Meadville are scenic places for outdoor fitness. Other times, we take our running shoes and bicycles to the streets and roads.
One of the things we fear most while running, walking or bicycling is being hit by an inattentive driver. Whether the driver is distracted while texting, on a cell phone or just indifferent to runners and cyclists sharing the roadway, being hit by a car is a traumatic experience. In addition to the pain, your emotional response, such as fear and anger, creates confusion. The loss of control can feel overwhelming.
Six Tips if You've Been Hit by a Car While Running, Cycling or Walking
1) Seek Medical Care Immediately. Our adrenalin often blocks pain. This fact coupled with the emotional response to the collision makes identifying your injuries more difficult. We tend to focus on the "road rash" caused by such an accident and forget about head, joint and bone pain. The best thing to do is to seek medical attention immediately in order to care for all of your injuries and allow for proper healing to begin.
2) Write Down What Happened. After you collect yourself, jot down the date, time, location and other circumstances of the accident. As time passes, our memories fade, even about important and otherwise memorable (or forgettable) events. The emotional and physical trauma of being hurt by a car while running or cycling in Pennsylvania compounds the difficulty of remembering exactly what happened. So, make a written record for yourself soon after the accident.
3) Document Your Injuries. As you recount in your mind what happened - close in time to when the accident occurred - also document your injuries. What hurts? Where? How do you feel? They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Photograph your injuries, your bike, your equipment, and the place where this all happened.
4) Report the Accident to Your Insurance Company. If you have car insurance, report the accident to your insurance company. Even though you were not driving, your car insurance usually covers such claims.
5) Educate Yourself. By this we mean, learn about accident cases involving pedestrians, runners and bicyclists. Knowledge is power. Learn your rights and work to develop your options. You can find lots of information on this website and you can follow our next tip...
6) Contact a Qualified Personal Injury Lawyer. These kinds of accidents tend to be more serious than collisions between cars. An occupant of a car wears a seat belt, usually has airbags, and the car itself provides additional protection. A runner, walker or cyclist has none of these to protect against the harm caused by a moving car, van or truck. Unless you escape the collision with the most minor of injuries, you should consult with a qualified Erie or Meadville personal injury lawyer even before reporting your claim to your insurance company.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Erie Accident Attorneys
As qualified pedestrian injury lawyers who have helped people in Erie and Meadville hurt while walking, running or cycling, we understand how to evaluate these cases and help you make things right. Call Purchase & George today, toll free 877-505-9548 or locally at 814-580-5017 to schedule your free and confidential consultation with an experienced Pennsylvania injury lawyer.