Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Long Island
Getting into an accident — any accident — can have devastating long term effects on your health, your income, and your quality of life. But if you’re a pedestrian and you’ve been struck by a car, truck, or another vehicle, it’s very likely that you have suffered some level of injury. Drivers on the New York roadways have a legal and social obligation to protect the lives of individuals on foot and riding bicycles. When they fail to use due caution, the victim shouldn’t have to pay. The Harrison Law Group seeks compensation for Long Island accident victims, including pedestrians who’ve been struck by vehicles. If you’ve been in an accident, contact us for a free consultation.
How common are pedestrian accidents?
The state of New York may have higher pedestrian accident numbers than most other states. As is the case with so many other things, the massive population of greater New York City with its dense pedestrian traffic, inflates our numbers. According to the New York State Department of Health, in a three-year period, there were 312 deaths in the state from traffic-related pedestrian injuries. That’s 1.6 for every 100,000 people. Additionally, NY pedestrian accidents resulted in 3,027 hospitalizations and 12,506 emergency room visits. Unarguably, this is a huge source of injuries for the population of New York.
Compensation for Pedestrian Accident Victims
Whether it’s a car, motorcycle, commercial truck, or a city bus, motor vehicles and their drivers require insurance. That’s not the case, however, with pedestrians and bicyclists. If you’re injured in an accident with a vehicle, the driver’s or owner’s (if it’s owned by another person or company) is responsible for your damages.
If you’re a pedestrian who’s been struck by a vehicle on Long Island or anywhere else in New York, you are entitled to compensation from the responsible party or their insurer. As Long Island pedestrian accident lawyers, The Harrison Law Group can help get you compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, recovery expenses, and pain and suffering. These are the types of compensation that we seek:
These are the dollar costs associated with any accident injury. They start with things like your emergency room bill, ambulance fees, hospitalization, surgery, scans, tests, medications, and anything else that immediately resulted from the accident. Economic damages also include non-medical losses, like lost wages from missing work, property damage, and the cost of rehabilitating you if you can’t return to your job without training.
No pedestrian wants to be involved in an accident with a vehicle. At the very best, it’s an inconvenience, but in most cases, it’s painful and disrupts your quality of life, or worse. Pain and suffering is a catchall term that includes physical pain, mental anguish, loss of capacity, etc. These items are much more difficult to attach a dollar value to, but a personal injury attorney knows what is likely to be an acceptable amount.
What to Do After A Pedestrian Accident in Long Island
In many cases, the victim is too hurt or incapacitated to do anything but wait until emergency services arrive. If you’re injured or think you’re injured, the following steps can help you avoid danger and preserve evidence for any claim that you may make.
- Tend to your safety first – That means moving out of the roadway to a safe area if you’re able to. If other people are injured only assist when it’s safe to do so.
- Copy of photograph the license plate – It’s not uncommon for an at-fault driver to stop, make sure you’re relatively unhurt, and then get in their vehicle and leave. This is a hit-and-run. Having the description of the vehicle and driver will make it easier to bring them to justice and hold their insurer financially accountable.
- Call 911 – You will need police and rescue workers to respond to the scene. The dispatcher will want to know your location, direction of travel, description of the vehicle(s) involved, and any known injuries.
- Talk to witnesses – Many people don’t want to get involved. Having even a short conversation with witnesses humanizes the incident. If possible, ask for their contact information.
- Video or photograph the scene – Visual evidence is very helpful when pursuing a personal injury claim. Photograph and record the street, the vehicle(s), and your injuries.
- Allow rescue workers to examine you – This will not hurt your case. If they want to transport you to the hospital, allow them to. If they don’t, follow up with your doctor as early as possible.
- Admit that you were at fault – The police can conduct an investigation and determine fault.
- Accept payment from an insurance company – Many insurance companies want to settle quickly. They’ll offer you a fast settlement in exchange for you signing a waiver. Don’t accept payment until you speak to a Long Island personal injury lawyer.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pedestrian Accidents
As pedestrian accident lawyers on Long Island, The Harrison Law Group knows the questions and concerns of its clients. Here are some of the most common:
Personal injury law firms like The Harrison Law Group don’t charge the client. They work on a contingency fee and collect their payment when they win or settle the claim. There are no out-of-pocket costs for you.
In most cases, the statute of limitations in the state of New York is three years from the time of the accident. Don’t delay, however. Older cases can be more difficult to prove as evidence is lost.
Unlike many other states, New York does not cap victim compensation.
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Long Island Today
If you’ve been injured while walking or riding a bicycle, we can help you get compensation for your injuries. Contact the experienced and proven trial attorneys at The Harrison Law Group today.