In today’s busy world, pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to injuries. It’s estimated that nearly 5,000 pedestrians die each year in motor vehicle-related accidents, while many more suffer non-fatal injuries. Dangerous conditions such as sidewalk defects or construction negligence contribute to thousands of other pedestrian injuries every year.
From cluttered sidewalks to crazy drivers, walking down any street in New York City can be a risky proposition. The city is a hotbed for pedestrian accidents. If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian incident, the Law Offices of Justin Brandel will help you get the compensation you deserve.
How to Recover for Your Injuries
If you’ve sustained injuries in a pedestrian accident, you must show that another party’s negligence caused or contributed to the incident in order to receive compensation. Specifically, this involves showing that the party who injured you failed to take reasonable care under the circumstances at issue, resulting in situation that caused you harm. Drivers are required to exercise caution and yield to pedestrians who are obeying the law. Likewise, construction companies and parties responsible for maintaining sidewalks and roads must take proper steps to avoid creating unreasonably dangerous conditions for pedestrians.
Receiving fair compensation after a pedestrian accident can be difficult, and it’s important to have an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer on your side. Often times, the parties who are legally responsible for your injuries will try to blame you for the accident. It’s true that pedestrians are sometimes found to have contributed to incidents, but this is not a reason to drop your claim. While your recovery may be reduced, you can still collect damages from the other party. The blame game can seem daunting, but your attorney will help you navigate your situation so you recover the compensation you deserve.
Keep a Record of the Accident
The best thing you can do to help your case is to keep a detailed record of the incident and your injuries. This record should include:
contact information for any witnesses
photographs of the injuries you sustained
bills for any medical treatment you received
The more information you have, the more likely you are to recover damages, including past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact a New York Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
Time is of the essence in pursuing your pedestrian injury claim, because the law limits the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit after you’ve been hurt. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian incident, it’s important to hire an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer today. At the Law Offices of Justin Brandel, we will aggressively pursue your claim and fight to get you the full compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step in protecting your rights.