Hi Oakley friends, exactly one week ago today, I was struck by an SUV while crossing a street. I was literally on a crosswalk with my walk sign on, and more than halfway across, when I was struck. Before I started to cross, I looked both ways to make sure no last minute vehicles were passing. The SUV that struck me came out of nowhere and did not even warm me of its approach. I was thrown far from the point of impact, rolled a few times, and got dragged across the pavement by the sheer force of impact. I thought the driver would not stop because the SUV kept going for several yards more before stopping. I did not see the driver come out, and by that time, I was in excruciating pain and trying to find out where my blood was coming from. My back felt like nothing I've experienced before as well. Several bystanders came to my aid, some calling 911, others keeping me still. I don't know if they witnessed the actual accident. I tried identifying the driving among the crowd surrounding me but the person never came forward. Several minutes later, the police and ems came. I can't remember if it was the police who asked me where and how I got hit but I do remember that the ems examined me and put me on a gurney and made sure I felt my extremities. I was taken to the ER where x-rays and ct scans of my head, neck, spine, and arms were taken. I am so thankful that I did not suffer any serious injuries. I was cleared to go home after a few hours. I had several deep abrasions and bad bruises. The next few days were hell, even with the pain meds. It's been a week since the accident and for some reason, my police report isn't ready yet. I've been calling and going to the station (which is a few minutes' walk from where I live) and all I've been told is "it's still waiting for supervisor signature". Does it normally take this long? I live in DC. I was also hoping for some advise from the members here who have pertinent knowledge about this type of accidents. What next steps should I take in terms of contacting the other person's insurance to reimburse me for my medical expenses? Do I need a lawyer to help me or is this something I can do on my own? I've been reading up on personal injury cases and I'm thinking that since I did not suffer serious injuries, hiring a lawyer might not be an economically sound decision.