What to do After a Pedestrian Accident in New York

The sidewalks of New York are packed with pedestrians at any given moment of the day. There are also many motor vehicles on the road as well. This is why it is important for all pedestrians to be cautious and aware of their surroundings at all times. Pedestrians do not have the same protection to their body that automobiles provide drivers. If an accident were to happen, pedestrians can suffer life-changing injuries as a result.

If an accident happens due to negligent driving, the driver can be held responsible for the injuries they cause. This can lead the injured party to receive compensation for any damages that stem from the accident. Compensation from the negligent party provides coverage for any traumas that stem from the accident. This can include any medical bills, lost wages, or emotional suffering. With this, injured victims are able to focus on recovering instead of worrying about bills.

Personal Injury Protection

When pedestrians are injured by an automobile, they may be covered by Personal Injury Protection (PIP). PIP is no-fault insurance that the majority of automobile insurance policies carry. This is available for those who are involved in motor vehicle accidents to provide them with coverage through compensation for any expenses that arise due to the accident. It is important to know that this compensation is available to all victims of an accident regardless of who is at fault.

If PIP does not cover all of these costs, it is possible for the injured party to receive additional compensation. This can be achieved through a personal injury lawsuit that holds a negligent party responsible for the accident. If they are found guilty of negligence, the driver may be required to provide the injured with further compensation.

Proving Negligence

In order to prove a driver was negligent, the injured party is required to show that their behavior directly caused their injuries and damages. Actions that may be deemed as negligence can include using a phone while driving, driving under the influence, reckless driving, speeding, and more.

There are cases in which a third party may be involved in causing an accident. This may happen if the vehicle manufacturer or even a municipality was negligent. In these situations, the injured party may still receive compensation from the third parties. Both economic and non-economic damages can be awarded to an injured person. When accidents happen, people often suffer physically and emotionally. Economic damages cover medical bills and lost wages. Non-economic damages cover emotional traumas such as pain and suffering.

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