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Actions to take when hit by a reckless driver

On Behalf of | Sep 11, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Thousands of people each year are the victims of reckless driving accidents, and many of these accidents result in life-changing injuries. If you are hit by a reckless driver while traveling on an Idaho road, there are some actions you must take.

Understanding reckless driving

Driving recklessly displays a complete disregard for the safety of others on the road. Reckless driving can take various forms, including tailgating and weaving in and out of lanes. Catastrophic accidents might result when a reckless driver crashes into a vehicle, and victims must deal with the aftermath.

Actions to take after you have been hit by a reckless driver

Upon being hit, check for injuries. If you or anyone is hurt, you must contact emergency services. Broken bones and other injuries may require extensive medical treatment and recovery time after motor vehicle accidents. Even if there are no outward signs of injury, a medical evaluation is still a necessity because internal injuries can be spotted if there are any present.

Addressing legal matters

After you seek treatment and work with your doctor to craft a path to healing, you need to start collecting documentation to help your case because thorough documentation will be immensely helpful for winning your claim. Collect information from the driver who hit you, such as contact and insurance information. Logging contact information from witnesses is also helpful, as is taking photographs of the accident scene.

Calling the police to the scene of an accident provides law enforcement with the opportunity to write a report. The report can become part of the evidence for the civil claim. Also, the police can restore order at a chaotic scene.

Ultimately, anyone who violates traffic laws may be held responsible for injuries caused by an accident. Those injuries can leave victims suffering significant financial losses. A civil lawsuit or insurance claim can help a victim recover their losses.