Every year, thousands of pedestrians are severely or fatally injured in car accidents across the US. With statistics showing such high numbers, do you know what to do in case you are a victim of a pedestrian accident on Maui?
Preventive measures that could help you avoid being injured in an accident include learning as much as you can about traffic laws and road safety; walking on the sidewalk at all times; or, in the absence of being able to do so, walking on the road facing the oncoming vehicles. Unfortunately, even taking every reasonable precaution doesn’t always guarantee your safety as a pedestrian.
If you walk a lot in town, upcountry, or other rural areas on island, it helps to know what to do in case you are involved in a pedestrian accident on Maui. Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you find yourself in such a situation.
If possible, move to a safe location after a pedestrian accident and call for medical help
If you are a victim of a pedestrian accident on Maui, chances are you’ll find yourself on the road, surrounded by cars and other vehicles. The first thing to do is think about your safety and if possible move to a safer location, such as the sidewalk or a parking lot. If you are incapacitated, ask someone to call 911 right away.
Call the police as soon as you can and file a report
Contact the Maui Police Department immediately and make sure they file a report. If later you decide to make an injury claim against the driver at fault, the police report will be one of the most important pieces of evidence to establish liability of the at-fault driver.
Collect the driver’s information
Collecting the driver’s details is essential. Though the police will put all the necessary information in the report, and if it’s feasible, make sure you write down their name, address, phone number and insurance information. In case you were a victim of a hit and run, report anything you remember about the car or the driver and ask witnesses to do the same.
Record the details of the crash and document the event as best as you can
A detailed description of the pedestrian accident on Maui is important. If you have a smartphone on you or a camera, make sure to take as many photos as you can at the scene of the accident.
Furthermore, remember that the sooner you write down the details of the accident, the better. Waiting too long to document the event may result in losing details of what happened during and after the crash.
Consult an attorney right away if you were a victim of a pedestrian accident on Maui
Getting hit by a car is a serious matter. Even if your injuries are not severe, consider contacting an attorney immediately.
At Lowenthal & Lowenthal, after years of practicing in personal injury cases, we have helped people in our community obtain justice. Our legal team is here to assess your case and will fight to make up for what you lost.