According to the U.S. National Traffic Safety Administration, more than 4,000 pedestrians are killed and over 70,000 pedestrians are injured by vehicles each year. In New York City alone, over 17,000 pedestrians were injured by vehicles last year.
If you are or know a pedestrian who has been involved in a motor vehicle accident in New York City, the first thing you should do is contact the police. As in any motor vehicle accident, even if you don’t seem hurt, you should obtain the driver’s name, contact information, and insurance information. If you are unable to do this, ask a friend or the police officer to obtain it for you.
Before taking any further action, contact an attorney.
Most pedestrian accidents involve a motorist who was speeding, under the influence, using an illegal device (talking or texting), eating or drinking, or demonstrating any number of moving vehicle violations.
It is necessary to determine who was negligent or at fault in your particular case. You may still be able to receive damages even if you were partially at fault.
Our experienced New York City accident/personal injury attorneys will investigate the scene and the circumstances, analyze police and eye-witness reports, evaluate your injuries and losses, and assist you with filing necessary paperwork.
Insurance companies will attempt to persuade you to sign a compensation arrangement that is actually best for them, often waiving your rights to future and further action.
Don’t be fooled by a concerned insurance company or lack of police involvement. Hire an injury attorney who knows the laws, how insurance companies operate, and really has your best interest in mind.
If you are in need of an accident or personal injury attorney, contact us.