Multiple All Walks volunteers got involved with the effort after they were hit by a driver. We seek to support crash victims and their families, and have compiled the following information if you’ve been in the unfortunate situation of having been hit by a driver.
What do I do if I get hit by a car?
In the event you are hit by a car, do your best to stay calm, take care of yourself, and document as much information about what happened as possible. We know that’s a lot, and may not be possible if you’re seriously injured.
- Stay calm, and assess how you are. If you may have a serious injury, stay still and wait for EMTs to arrive.
- Even if you’re ok, call the police. They can help document what happened, which is critical if you develop injuries later or need to involve insurance companies. Reporting the crash is also important for documenting trends in pedestrian accidents in the city.
- Gather information for yourself, in particular:
- The names, driver’s license numbers, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of any other drivers, bicyclists, or pedestrians involved in the crash.
- Insurance companies and policy numbers of the drivers, and the make, model, and license plates of their vehicles.
- The names and contact information of any witnesses
- The police report number
- The name and badge number of at least one police officer on the scene
- If you have one, use your smart phone to take photos of any damage to the car or any other details that may be useful.
- As soon as you can, write an objective description of the events leading up to, during, and after the crash so you have your own account.
- Contact All Walks DC if you have questions about what to do next. We don’t offer legal advice, but can share our experiences, and potentially recommend lawyers to contact. If there are street design issues that should be addressed, we can also work with you to ensure similar crashes don’t happen in the future.