October 14, 2016
What to do if you’ve Been a Victim of a Pedestrian Accident
By Jonathan Damashek
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are rising in New York City. Various factors contribute to these incidents, including speeding, inattention, failure to yield, failure to obey traffic laws, and lack of countdown signals in dangerous intersections. In addition, taxicabs and bus drivers are known to be very aggressive and do not take the necessary precautions to keep their passengers and pedestrians safe.
Being in a pedestrian accident can be stressful and traumatic. And pedestrians risk the worst kinds of injuries from broken bones to permanent brain damage.
The odds of being a victim of a pedestrian accident in New York are very high. For that reason, it is important to know what you need to do if you find yourself in this type of situation:
- Remain calm, do not get into an argument with the driver who hit you and call 911 to report the accident. Cooperate with the police and medical staff. If EMTs suggest you need hospital care, get in the ambulance and go to the emergency room. Answer the police officer’s questions honestly and ask how to get a copy of the police report.
- Document the accident scene. If possible, take pictures of the scene, including the car that hit you, the pavement behind the car, the car’s license tag, and the location.
- Gather driver and witness information. Name, address, driver’s license number and insurance information from the driver who hit you are key. Take notes of witnesses’ names and contact information.
- See a health professional. Even if you feel okay visit a doctor within 24 hours of the accident as some injuries may appear later. Request a medical report that will provide evidence of your injuries.
- Contact an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer who can handle all legal aspects of your case, including dealing with insurers and making sure you obtain proper settlement.
If you’ve been a victim of a pedestrian accident you should only worry about getting physically better. For the rest, you can contact an experience lawyer from our prestigious firm who can help you achieve the maximum compensation you deserve.