It is absolutely imperative that you do not flee the scene if you have struck a pedestrian with your vehicle. This could lead to a hit and run charge in addition to hitting a pedestrian. Immediately stop your vehicle in a safe area and call 911. Render any aid you are capable of, and ask any witnesses to remain on the scene. If the pedestrian is conscious and able, exchange relevant information such as names, phone numbers, and insurance providers.
Once the police arrive, give your statement, but do not admit or imply fault to anyone. This includes apologizing and stating that you did not see the pedestrian. If you are allowed to, take photos of any damages, as well as the surrounding area and any injuries. Speak to an attorney as soon as possible, as they will be able to further advise you. Finally, report the incident to your insurance provider. You will generally have thirty days to do so, and your attorney can guide you through this process.
Unless stated in a state’s statutes, ordinances, or road signs, pedestrians may cross either directly or diagonally at any point in the road. If a pedestrian is found guilty of jaywalking, they could be found at least partially at fault for an accident involving a vehicle hitting them. Many laws have restricted pedestrian crossing to crosswalks, and only at right angles.