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What should you do if you're hit by a car?

You love taking walks after work, and you ride your bike often to get exercise. The problem, lately, is that you've noticed an increase in traffic. You've nearly been hit several times, making you concerned about your safety on the roads.

You are not alone in this problem. Grand Junction does have its busy times, and for cyclists and pedestrians, one false move could end badly. What should you do, though, if a driver makes a mistake and collides with you?

Contact Doehling Law if you have been severely injured at 970-628-3907.

The first thing you need to do is to move out of harm's way if you can. If you're able, move off the roadway and into a safe location. If you are not conscious or are injured and unable to move, allow witnesses or the driver to call 911 for help. Do not allow anyone to move you if you are hurt unless you are in extreme danger.

Even if you think that you haven't suffered serious injuries, call the police. You shouldn't let the driver leave, because it's common to develop injuries later as your adrenaline wears off. If the driver does leave, he or she could be accused of a hit-and-run crash, which is not good for his or her criminal record, either.

Finally, if you get a chance to talk to the police, do so and explain what happened. Don't say anything that could imply that it was your fault that the accident occurred, just make sure they have your account of the events and what took place when you got into the crash with the driver. This testimony is important later when your attorney helps you negotiate a settlement.

Source: City Lab, "What to Do When You're Hit By a Car," Laura Bliss, accessed April 26, 2018

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