If you primarily walk to get from place to place, you are doing several things right. You’re saving money, getting exercise, and even helping the environment. Walking is also a relatively efficient means of getting from place to place as well, especially if you live in New York City, which is why so many people do it. However, walking can also be very unsafe at times. Since there is such a high volume of traffic in the city, the chances of an accident astronomically increase. If you were struck by an oncoming vehicle as a pedestrian, you were most likely severely injured, and are now seeking financial compensation. If you find yourself in this situation, please read on to learn more.

What can cause a pedestrian accident?

Pedestrian accidents can be caused by inclement weather conditions such as rain, snow, and now, wet leaves. Additionally, pedestrian accidents also occur due to faulty car parts, poor road conditions, like deep potholes, or even a negligent road design. However, the most common cause of pedestrian accidents is driver negligence.

What are some examples of driver negligence?

There are several ways in which a motorist can behave negligently, causing an accident. They are as follows:

  • Texting while driving
  • Eating while driving
  • Driving while drowsy
  • Failing to acknowledge blind spots
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Ignoring traffic signs and lights
  • Disregarding other rules and regulations of the road

Am I eligible to receive compensation following a pedestrian accident?

To recover financial compensation, your attorney will have to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. To do so, your attorney will obtain security camera footage of your accident, witness statements verifying your claim, police reports, medical documentation detailing the severity of your injuries, and more.

What is the statute of limitations in New York State?

The statute of limitations is a set timeframe from the date of your accident in which you must file a personal injury claim. So for example, in New York State, the statute of limitations is three years, which means you have three years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. If you do not file a lawsuit in that three-year window, you will most likely be denied your right to sue. This is why you cannot wait any longer. The sooner you start the claims process, the better.

Contact our experienced New York City firm

The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. We understand the implications of a serious accident, which is why we take pride in tenaciously representing our clients. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.