If you were injured as a pedestrian hit by a driver, your injuries can leave you with substantial bills and major changes to your life. You could seek compensation for your losses.
When you work with a pedestrian accident lawyer serving Uniondale from Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P., you can have someone who will help you navigate every step of the legal process. Your lawyer will manage your case so that you can focus on your recovery. Call us today for a free consultation at (631) 451-7900 to learn more about how we can help.
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Common Injuries After a Pedestrian Accident
When a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, the consequences to the pedestrian may be serious. Depending on the driver’s speed and other factors, the pedestrian could be left with catastrophic or even life-changing injuries.
Pedestrian injuries that may result from a collision with a motorist include:
- Broken bones or fractures
- Open wounds
- Sprains and strains
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Internal bleeding
- And more
After a collision with a driver, you should immediately seek emergency medical treatment. If you are able to document the full extent of your injuries, your lawyer can use this information as evidence in your personal injury claim.
Calculating Your Losses After an Accident
Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may have mounting bills from emergency treatment, doctor’s visits, physical therapy treatments, and more. These financial losses can be calculated into the value of your case. Other medical care expenses that your lawyer can consider include prescription medications, medical equipment, diagnostic testing costs, and more.
In many situations, you may also face consequences in your daily life. If your injuries left you unable to work for any period of time, you could be suddenly making less income. If your injuries resulted in reduced physical capacity and required you to change positions at your job or seek another job, you may also be earning less than you did before the accident. Depending on your case, your lawyer may be able to take these types of financial losses into account as well.
Some of these basic economic expenses are covered by No-Fault insurance. As a pedestrian, you are typically covered by the No-Fault policy of the vehicle that struck you. Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. can assist in filing this claim. Keep in mind that No-Fault only covers a portion of basic economic losses. It does not cover non-economic losses, including pain and suffering. A third-party claim or suit will be needed to pursue these additional damages.
If you file a third-party claim or lawsuit, you could even seek compensation for less tangible losses, such as pain and suffering. When you speak with a lawyer, they will explain the forms of compensation that you may be able to pursue in your particular case.
Connect with a pedestrian accident lawyer serving Uniondale from Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. Call for your free consultation today at (631) 451-7900.
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Your Lawyer Can Handle All Aspects of Your Case
Your lawyer will not only be able to guide you through the legal process, but they will also be able to manage every aspect of your case for you. If your case requires back and forth negotiations with an insurance company or even a trial, your lawyer will handle the details of any communication, paperwork, and other legal preparation. While your lawyer goes to work on your case, you can focus on the more important aspects of your life.
Demonstrating Fault in a Pedestrian Accident
Determining who was responsible for a collision with a pedestrian can be challenging. There are many factors that can influence fault in a claim. In New York State, there are several laws that affect personal injury cases, as well as pedestrian accident cases. A lawyer can explain in greater detail how these laws may affect your case.
For instance, several laws regulate how motorists should respond to pedestrians at intersections and other roadway locations in New York State. Drivers must yield the right of way to any pedestrians inside of a crosswalk, according to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law (VAT) §1151. In many cases, the driver will be considered the negligent party if they struck a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
However, some states consider the fault of all parties in personal injury cases, including New York State. According to New York Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §1411, your compensation in a personal injury claim could be reduced in proportion to your own responsibility for an incident.
For example, if you were jaywalking when you were struck by a car, you may share some responsibility in this scenario. In this case, your compensation could be reduced.
Talk to a lawyer to learn more about how fault may be determined in your case.
Filing a Claim and Seeking Compensation
Typically, your lawyer will begin working on your case by identifying who was responsible for your accident. They could use a number of records to analyze fault, including police reports, traffic tickets, and witness statements. Your lawyer will also gather evidence of your injuries and your health outlook in order to assess the value of your case. Then, they will seek a settlement with the insurance company on your behalf.
Sometimes, the insurance company may not want to agree to a fair settlement in your case. They could refuse to settle, claim that your injuries are not as extensive as they are, or claim that you were more at fault than your lawyer believes you were. In some situations, your case may have to go to trial.
In the event that your lawyer takes your case to trial, they will prepare your case in order to seek the fairest possible settlement.
Statute of Limitations
At Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P., we encourage those who have been injured by a negligent driver to speak with us as soon as possible. By connecting with a lawyer soon after the collision, you will give yourself and your lawyers more time to put together your claim.
This is important due to the statute of limitations in New York State, which limits the amount of time you have to file a claim. According to New York CVP §214, you generally have three years to begin the process. Certain exceptions may shorten this deadline, however. These exceptions can include when bringing a case against a municipality or other governmental organization or when pursuing a claim for wrongful death.
Get Started with for Your Free Consultation
After being injured, you do not have to add legal complications on top of everything else you may be facing. A lawyer can take care of your claim for you.
We handle cases on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning that you do not have to pay anything upfront in order to get started. We only recover a fee for our services if we resolve your case.
A pedestrian accident lawyer serving Uniondale from Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. can be with you from the beginning to the end of your case. We can also help clients in Spanish if needed. Call us today at (631) 451-7900 to learn about how we can help.