Recovering Compensation Following a Pedestrian Accident in New York

If you live in New York City, there is a very good chance you primarily walk to get from place to place. Walking is a healthy, inexpensive means of getting around, so it is no secret why so many people do it. However, though most of us think of walking as harmless and safe, the unfortunate reality is, many people are involved in pedestrian accidents every year. If you were in a pedestrian accident, you were most likely severely injured, which why you are now seeking financial compensation. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have:

What most commonly contributes to pedestrian accidents?

There are several common contributors to pedestrian accidents, such as poorly-lit roads, overgrown vegetation, malfunctioning car parts, poor weather conditions, negligent road design, and more. However, the most common contributor to pedestrian accidents is driver negligence.

What are some examples of driver negligence?

Some ways in which a motorist could behave negligently are as follows:

  • Smoking or eating while driving
  • Driving while drowsy
  • Navigating directions while driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Speeding
  • Texting while driving

How do I know if I qualify for compensation?

To qualify for financial compensation, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party鈥檚 negligence. The most important thing you can do to win your claim is hire a skilled attorney who knows the ins and outs of the personal injury process.

How do I prove another party鈥檚 negligence?

Your attorney will obtain several types of evidence to prove your personal injury claim. He or she may recover security camera footage of your accident, witness statements verifying your claim, police reports, and more. You should always see a physician after you were involved in an accident. A physician will treat your injuries accordingly and provide you with medical documentation regarding their extent.

What is the statute of limitations in New York State?

The statute of limitations in New York is three years. This means you have three years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you fail to do so, you will be denied the right to sue and therefore lose out on financial compensation. Do not wait. Hire a seasoned attorney who is ready to get the ball rolling.

Contact our experienced New York firm

At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of medical malpractice. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award. Contact our firm today.