Pedestrian-vehicle collisions are not uncommon in New York. If you or a loved one was hurt in a pedestrian collision, a pedestrian accident lawyer serving Freeport from Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. can help. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and other damages.
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Pedestrian Collision Injuries
According to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), pedestrian collisions result in over 12,500 emergency room visits every year in the state. Some people who are struck by a vehicle are lucky enough to escape with minor scrapes and bruises. However, many pedestrian collisions result in severe injuries and death. Some of the most common injuries resulting from pedestrian collisions include:
- Broken bones
- Pelvic injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Deep lacerations
- Loss of limb
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Sadly, many pedestrians do not survive injuries they suffer in a collision. In Nassau County alone, 75 pedestrian fatalities occurred in 2014.
Driver inattention, drunk driving, drugged driving, disobeying traffic signals, and other forms of negligent driving can cause severe pedestrian collisions that lead to life-long medical complications.
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Recovering Financial Compensation After a Pedestrian Collision
If you or a loved one was hit by a car in New York, you may be wondering what your legal options are. You might be able to recover compensation for your losses or damages through an injury claim. To win your claim and receive compensation, you must demonstrate four main points:
- Duty of care: you need to prove the individual against whom you are bringing the claim owed a legal duty of care. This means that they had a legal obligation to act a certain way for your and others’ safety. In the case of a pedestrian accident, this refers to the motorist’s duty to drive safely and responsibly.
- Breach of duty of care: the negligent driver failed to uphold the duty of care. They acted with disregard for the safety of others, such as by driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while texting, or otherwise acting negligently.
- Injuries: you or your loved one sustained injuries from the driver’s breach of duty.
- Damages: you or your loved one suffered financial losses or damages because of the injuries. Damages can include medical expenses, lost income from missed work, and other losses.
How to Prove the Required Elements in Your Personal Injury Case
A pedestrian accident lawyer serving Freeport from Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. can help you demonstrate each of the elements of negligence. Our team may use many different strategies when fighting for compensation on your behalf. First, we must gather evidence, such as:
- Photographs of the collision scene
- Videos from security cameras, red-light cameras, or dash cameras
- The location of skid marks and vehicle damage or debris
- Vehicle maintenance records
- Vehicle information from an event data recorder (EDR)
- Police reports
- Medical records
We may also consult experts who can provide input on the circumstances of the collision. Medical experts may offer insight into your injuries and prognosis. Engineers and accident reconstructionists may offer expert opinions about how and why the crash occurred.
Financial experts may provide information about how your injuries or your loved one’s death will affect you financially. Experts such as these may also provide testimony about your case.
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Compensation You May Recover After Being Injured in a Pedestrian Crash
Being involved in a pedestrian accident can lead to agonizing, disabling injuries. These injuries may lead to considerable expenses. Through an injury claim against the liable third party, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses related to the injury
- Home modifications or vehicle modifications needed to improve accessibility
- Lost wages from time spent off of work
- Reduced earning capacity
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to the injuries
You should note that there is a time constraint for filing an injury lawsuit in New York. The statute of limitations is generally three years, per New York Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §214. In some cases, such as those involving a claim against a municipality, the statute of limitations is shorter.
If you do not file your lawsuit within the applicable statute of limitations, you may be denied compensation. Reach out to Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. today to maximize the amount of time we have to investigate and build your case. Call (631) 451-7900 now.
Losing a Loved One in a Pedestrian Collision
If your loved one has passed away after being struck by a car, you may be able to bring a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. While a legal claim cannot bring back your loved one, a wrongful death claim may accomplish two important tasks.
First, it may hold the driver accountable for your loved one’s tragic death. Secondly, it may recover financial compensation for qualifying family members who were financially affected by the death.
Wrongful death claims in New York are brought by a personal representative of the deceased person. Damages may include:
- The decedent’s lost wages
- The value of lost services and support the decedent provided
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical expenses
- Lost inheritance
- Pain and suffering experienced by the decedent before their death
According to New York Estates, Powers & Trusts (EPT) §5-4.1, the wrongful death statute of limitations in New York is generally two years. However, there are also exceptions to this rule, so you may want to consult an attorney to receive individualized guidance regarding the statute of limitations in your case.
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If you or a loved one was involved in a pedestrian accident in New York, consider hiring a pedestrian accident lawyer serving Freeport from Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. to take your case. Our team may help you establish the at-fault party’s negligence, determine the damages you sustained, and pursue financial compensation on your behalf.
Call our office at (631) 451-7900 today for your free case assessment. Our team is equipped to assist clients in Spanish.