I was a pedestrian hit by a car, what should I do?
With increasing reliance on mobile phones and smart devices, it is become increasingly common to see pedestrians fixated to their screens while walking. Walking is starting to become a high-risk activity for both pedestrians as well as drivers. So if you were a pedestrian hit by a car, what should you do?
If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident – a pedestrian hit by a car, you may be eligible to receive medical treatment under CTP Insurance of the vehicle that caused the accident.
There are certain steps you need to take after the accident:
1. You need to call the Police and report the accident immediately. You should obtain a Police event number.
2. You should go to the hospital or your general practitioner (GP) and obtain treatment for any injuries you have sustained. Make sure your GP or the hospital records how your accident occurred and records all the injuries you have sustained, even those injuries that might seem minor at the time. If you went to the hospital first, you may need to consult your GP who will provide you with an “Accident Notification Form” or a medical certificate. You will need this form to lodge your CTP claim.
3. If because of the car accident you need time off work or payment for medical treatment, you need to submit an Application for Personal Injury Benefits form.
4. You will need certain details before you can lodge your CTP Claim:
- The details of the vehicle that hit you (to identify the CTP insurer)
- Police event number
- Medical certificate from your GP (Filled by your GP)
- Personal injury benefits form (Filled by you)
5. It is best to submit your claim as soon as possible. To receive lost wages, you must submit your claim within 28 days of the accident.
7. Once your claim has been accepted, the insurer will issue you with a claim number. You can provide this claim number to a Physiotherapist who will assist you with your injury and provide rehabilitation services.
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