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Leading Pedestrian Injury Attorneys Represent Victims In Suffolk County, Nassau County, and Throughout Long Island

New York City is known for its large and busy population. Most people in the Big Apple get from one place to another using public transportation. That means there is a good population of pedestrians in New York. Thousands of pedestrians are injured or killed in pedestrian accidents in NYC and in the rest of the state. Pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries. When they occur, it is important for victims to seek compensation for their injuries and other damages. This will help to provide a financial cushion after the accident. Contact The Harrison Law Group, P.C. to speak with an experienced Long Island pedestrian accident lawyer. 

Getting into an accident — any accident — can have devastating long-term effects on your health, your income, and your quality of life. But if you’re a pedestrian and you’ve been struck by a car, truck, or another vehicle, it’s very likely that you have suffered some level of injury. Drivers on the New York roadways have a legal and social obligation to protect the lives of individuals on foot and riding bicycles. When they fail to use due caution, the victim shouldn’t have to pay. The Harrison Law Group seeks compensation for Long Island accident victims, including pedestrians who’ve been struck by vehicles.

The attorneys at Harrison Law Group P.C. are committed to fighting for the rights of victims of pedestrian accidents. We’ve helped thousands of individuals recover compensation for their injuries. We have also represented families that have lost loved ones in pedestrian accidents. We put our resources to the disposal of victims and fight for justice on their behalf.  If you’ve been in an accident, contact us for a free consultation. 

How Common Are Pedestrian Accidents?

The state of New York may have higher pedestrian accident numbers than most other states. As is the case with so many other things, the massive population of greater New York City with its dense pedestrian traffic, inflates our numbers. According to the New York State Department of Health, in a three-year period, there were 312 deaths in the state from traffic-related pedestrian injuries. That’s 1.6 for every 100,000 people. Additionally, NY pedestrian accidents resulted in 3,027 hospitalizations and 12,506 emergency room visits. Unarguably, this is a huge source of injuries for the population of New York.

Compensation for Pedestrian Accident Victims

Whether it’s a car, motorcycle, commercial truck, or a city bus, motor vehicles and their drivers require insurance. That’s not the case, however, with pedestrians and bicyclists. If you’re injured in an accident with a vehicle, the driver’s or owner’s (if it’s owned by another person or company) is responsible for your damages.

If you’re a pedestrian who’s been struck by a vehicle on Long Island or anywhere else in New York, you are entitled to compensation from the responsible party or their insurer. A qualified New York pedestrian accident lawyer from The Harrison Law Group can help get you compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, recovery expenses, and pain and suffering. These are the types of compensation that we seek:

Economic Damages

These are the dollar costs associated with any accident injury. They start with things like your emergency room bill, ambulance fees, hospitalization, surgery, scans, tests, medications, and anything else that immediately resulted from the accident. Economic damages also include non-medical losses, like lost wages from missing work, property damage, and the cost of rehabilitating you if you can’t return to your job without training.

Non-Economic Damages

No pedestrian wants to be involved in an accident with a vehicle. At the very best, it’s an inconvenience, but in most cases, it’s painful and disrupts your quality of life, or worse. Pain and suffering is a catchall term that includes physical pain, mental anguish, loss of capacity, etc. These items are much more difficult to attach a dollar value to, but a personal injury attorney knows what is likely to be an acceptable amount. 

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What to Do After A Pedestrian Accident in Long Island

In many cases, the victim is too hurt or incapacitated to do anything but wait until emergency services arrive. If you’re injured or think you’re injured, the following steps can help you avoid danger and preserve evidence for any claim that you may make. 

  • Tend to your safety first – That means moving out of the roadway to a safe area if you’re able to. If other people are injured only assist when it’s safe to do so. 
  • Copy of photograph the license plate – It’s not uncommon for an at-fault driver to stop, make sure you’re relatively unhurt, and then get in their vehicle and leave. This is a hit-and-run. Having the description of the vehicle and driver will make it easier to bring them to justice and hold their insurer financially accountable.
  • Call 911 – You will need police and rescue workers to respond to the scene. The dispatcher will want to know your location, direction of travel, description of the vehicle(s) involved, and any known injuries. 
  • Talk to witnesses – Many people don’t want to get involved. Having even a short conversation with witnesses humanizes the incident. If possible, ask for their contact information. 
  • Video or photograph the scene – Visual evidence is very helpful when pursuing a personal injury claim. Photograph and record the street, the vehicle(s), and your injuries. 
  • Allow rescue workers to examine you – This will not hurt your case. If they want to transport you to the hospital, allow them to. If they don’t, follow up with your doctor as early as possible. 

Do Not:

  • Admit that you were at fault – The police can conduct an investigation and determine fault. 
  • Accept payment from an insurance company – Many insurance companies want to settle quickly. They’ll offer you a fast settlement in exchange for you signing a waiver. Don’t accept payment until you speak to a Long Island personal injury lawyer. 

Why Should I Call a New York Pedestrian Accident Lawyer After Suffering an Injury?

Being injured in a pedestrian accident is overwhelming, and it can be a traumatic experience. Knowing what to do after a pedestrian accident is difficult. When pedestrians are struck by motor vehicles, they often suffer incredibly debilitating and painful injuries. These injuries typically require extensive and expensive medical treatment. 

When a victim has to go into rehabilitation, it can take months to get back to their everyday life. For some, such as those who suffered traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries, they will never be able to return to their old “normal.” These pedestrian accident victims may face a lifetime of disability after being struck by a vehicle. 

Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer can help level the playing field. The skilled personal injury team at Harrison Law Group will give you the edge you need to seek the compensation you deserve. Our personal injury lawyers are fierce advocates and work diligently to fight for a client’s rights. When you work with our legal team, we will:

  • Negotiate aggressively with insurance companies, forcing them to take your pedestrian injury claims seriously
  • Thoroughly investigate your pedestrian accident to determine what happened and who was at fault
  • Seek compensation you deserve from every liable party
  • Protect you when other parties try to blame you for your injuries
  • Consult with leading New York City pedestrian injury experts to determine the value of your case 

Types of Pedestrian Accidents that a New York Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Can Help With 

Pedestrian accidents are a common occurrence in busy New York City. The attorneys at Harrison Law Group P.C. have helped many victims of pedestrian accidents recover compensation for their injuries and other damages.  We’ve represented victims in accidents involving but not limited to: 

  • Pedestrians darting out into traffic – Pedestrians may seem to appear from nowhere when they unexpectedly dart into traffic leaving drivers with little or no time to react. This often occurs when the driver’s view is obstructed e.g. when pedestrians come out of a blind spot or a tight corner. 
  • Backup accidents – Accidents may occur when drivers are backing up without checking their surroundings carefully. Pedestrians such as children or people in wheelchairs are the most vulnerable to these types of accidents. 
  • Vehicles turning or merging – These accidents often occur at busy intersections. Drivers and pedestrians alike must pay attention to their surroundings. Drivers may strike pedestrians when turning while the pedestrian is crossing the street. In most instances these accidents occur when due to not paying careful attention to the surroundings, pedestrians crossing intersections illegally, or even distracted driving. 
  • Failure to yield – These accidents occur at crosswalks. Crosswalks provide areas that pedestrians can use to cross roads safely and efficiently. Drivers are required by law to stop and give way to pedestrians. However, when drivers are impatient, driving under the influence, or distracted, they may strike pedestrians attempting to get across the road. 
  • Pedestrians walking on the side of the road – these accidents occur when pedestrians are struck while walking along the sides of busy streets. Pedestrians may walk on the side of the road when there are no sidewalks or when there are obstacles on the sidewalk. Drivers may strike pedestrians when driving in poor weather conditions, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or even when distracted. 
  • Passing in front of a vehicle that has stopped – pedestrians may be injured when they try to cross in front of a vehicle that has stopped. The driver may be distracted or the pedestrian may approach the vehicle from a blind spot or the driver’s view may be obstructed by other obstacles.

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Common Causes of NYC Pedestrian Accidents

Historically, pedestrians have had a difficult time walking New York City streets safely. Multiple factors contribute to pedestrian accidents in New York City. City drivers are often responsible for injury-causing pedestrian accidents. Sadly, every year, pedestrians die in totally preventable accidents caused by drivers’ negligence. Some of the leading causes of pedestrian accidents in New York City include the following:

  • Distracted driving from texting, talking on a cellphone, watching videos, or not focusing on the road ahead
  • Aggressive New York City drivers eager to get through an intersection when the light changes from yellow to red
  • Drivers who make illegal or unsafe U-turns at intersections
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians 
  • Fatigued drivers
  • Drivers who are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Determining Liability After a Pedestrian Accident

To obtain compensation through an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit, you must prove that the defendant’s negligence or recklessness caused the accident. Under New York law, any person or company who contributed to your pedestrian accident could be financially liable for your injuries and damages. 

We will conduct a thorough investigation into your accident to identify all of the people who could be at fault. In some cases, one negligent driver is financially responsible. In other cases, the victim may sue multiple parties, including the employer of the negligent driver. Depending on the facts in your case, you may be able to seek compensation from the following parties:

  • Bus driver
  • The driver of a passenger vehicle
  • Transit company
  • The employer of a negligent third-party
  • Bicyclist
  • Motorcyclist
  • Moped or electric scooter operator
  • Pedestrian
  • Manufacturer of a defective vehicle or product, or 
  • Government agency

Damages Available in NYC Pedestrian Accidents 

What happens if the insurance company or defendant tries to blame you for the pedestrian accident? It is true that pedestrians are responsible for some motor vehicle accidents. They may be texting while walking or talking on a cell phone when they absent-mindedly walk into a vehicle. However, just because some pedestrians cause accidents does not mean that you are at fault for your accident or cannot recover compensation.

New York is a comparative negligence state. As a result, everyone who shares the blame for an accident will be held proportionately liable. If you are partially at fault for the accident, you will not be barred from recovering compensation. Instead, the court will reduce your damages by the percentage of fault that you have been allocated. Suppose the court determines that you were 20% at fault for the pedestrian accident. You are awarded $500,000 in damages. In that case, your damages would be reduced by 20%, and you would take home $400,000. Even if you think you may have been partially at fault for your pedestrian accident, it is worth taking the time to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer. You do not want to miss out on the opportunity to obtain the compensation you deserve.

How Long Do I Have to Seek Compensation? 

In New York State, victims of personal injury accidents, including pedestrian accidents, only have three years to file a lawsuit. You must file your lawsuit within three years of the date of your accident. Otherwise, you will lose the right to seek compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Pedestrian accidents often require a significant amount of investigation and preparatory work. The sooner you discuss your case with a lawyer, the more time your lawyer will have to investigate and prepare a compelling legal strategy on your behalf. 

At Harrison Law Group, your first consultation is free, so you can focus on discussing your case with one of our experienced lawyers without the pressure of payment. Additionally, we do not charge our clients legal fees until we obtain compensation for them through an insurance claim or personal injury settlement, or verdict. 

How a New York Pedestrian Accident Lawyer from Harrison Law Group P.C. Can Help 

Pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries. These accidents can even sometimes be fatal. The attorneys are Harrison Law Group P.C. are committed to helping victims and families start the journey to healing. We will fight to recover maximum compensation on your behalf and hold those responsible for your accident to account. 

When you choose Harrison Law Group P.C. we will: 

  • Assess your damages; We offer a free consultation for victims of pedestrian accidents in New York. Our attorneys will assess your case and discuss your options with you. We will evaluate the circumstances of your case to determine its approximate value. We will also discuss your options for recovering compensation so you can make an informed decision. 
  • Search for evidence; Proving fault in a pedestrian accident is vital for recovering compensation. We will use our resources to search for evidence to prove fault and the extent that the accident has affected you. We will compile medical records, police accident reports, CCTV and traffic camera footage, testimonies by witnesses, and expert testimonies to build a strong case on your behalf. 
  • Client representation; We will represent you every step of the way. We will negotiate with the insurance company for a reasonable settlement. If this cannot be reached, we will file a lawsuit and represent you in court. 

Contact Harrison Law group PC to speak with an experienced New York pedestrian accident lawyer. Schedule your free consultation now and learn about your options.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pedestrian Accidents

How can I afford an attorney?

Personal injury law firms like The Harrison Law Group don’t charge the client. They work on a contingency fee and collect their payment when they win or settle the claim. There are no out-of-pocket costs for you.

How long do I have to file a claim?

In most cases, the statute of limitations in the state of New York is three years from the time of the accident. Don’t delay, however. Older cases can be more difficult to prove as evidence is lost.

Does New York have a limit on compensation?

Unlike many other states, New York does not cap victim compensation.

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What is Personal Injury?

If you’re injured as a result of a negligent third party, you may be entitled to compensation due to the damages you’ve experienced — either directly through the responsible party or their insurance company. An experienced New York personal injury lawyer will focus on tort law while seeking economic and non-economic damages for their clients — whether or not the target is a multi-million dollar award.

Personal injuries are classified as injuries to the body, mind, and emotions of an individual. When you suffer an injury because of another party, you experience turmoil, and your quality of life will change. Some victims experience loss of enjoyment of life, and even depression.

It’s important to speak with mindful attorneys who have the wisdom to handle your case effectively. Personal injury suits are filed against individuals or entities that cause harm due to recklessness, negligence, misconduct, or liability.

What Sets Us Apart?

Our attorneys and staff are competent, compassionate, and committed to seeking the maximum fair and appropriate compensation for all of our clients. We fight to win, not to quickly settle and move on to the next case. Our firm will make sure that you are properly advised of all of your options while giving you the proper legal advice to make the right decision for yourself and your family. We are willing to go above and beyond to meet your expectations, whether it’s meeting with you after hours, on the weekends, at your home, in the hospital, or at the office. We will make ourselves available for you 24/7.

Immediate Action

We understand the immediate concerns you will have, which include paying your bills, traveling to and from work and doctors’ appointments, and taking care of your daily responsibilities. We want you to know that here at The Harrison Law Group we understand and can help. We will take immediate action on your case and begin to work as soon as we are retained.

A Commitment to Excellence & Solutions For You

Our reputation is built on a record of attentiveness and diligence in pursuit of our clients’ interests. We fight hard for all of our clients with outstanding creative approaches and individualized solutions in personal injury and accident cases to seek the maximum fair and appropriate compensation. Time after time, The Harrison Law Group, P.C. has taken cases that other attorneys either wanted to drop or would have settled for small amounts, and we turned them into million-dollar cases. We have been dedicated to Personal Injury and helping our clients pursue justice for over 30 years.

Constant Communication

Our office sets itself apart because we do not only return phone calls; we call our clients at least every 30 days to provide a status update on your case — and if there is no update, we call to see how you are doing. Happy clients are informed clients, and we are committed to keeping you informed every step of the way. We are available 24/7 to all of our clients via email, text, or phone to answer questions and give updates. While we have a big firm reputation, we have a small firm dedication to each client.

Types of Personal Injury

Personal injuries can refer to injuries sustained due to dental malpractice, product liability, or assault claims, but they more commonly involve the following types of injuries:

Car Accidents

When your vehicle collides with another vehicle, a pedestrian, an animal, debris, or another stationary obstruction such as a tree, pole, or building, you may face significant injuries and expenses that often include medical treatment and vehicle repairs. Following a car accident that was no fault of your own, it is important to immediately begin working with a New York personal injury lawyer to seek fair and appropriate compensation.

Truck Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents involving a truck or tractor-trailer and caused by the recklessness of others will present additional complex factors that are not present in a regular car accident case. You can be certain that there will be attorneys representing the truck driver, which is why you should partner with a New York personal injury lawyer at our law office immediately.

Motorcycle Accidents

When your motorcycle is involved in a motor vehicle accident at no fault of your own, you will need help in your fight to be fairly compensated in your case. As a client of our law firm, you can be confident that we are bringing the fight to the insurance company.

Premises Liability

An injury from an accident caused by unsafe conditions on someone else’s property often involves a fall on a slippery or uneven surface. Other types of negligence or dangerous circumstances may also lead to an injury or death. In some cases, your accident could amount to a multi-million dollar settlement. Our law office of NY accident attorneys will be happy to guide you through this process as our client.

Dog Bite

Dog owners are generally determined to be liable if their dog hurts you or anyone else. New York personal injury law in this situation provides a means to seek compensation for your medical expenses, your pain and suffering, & much more.

Slip and Fall

A property owner could be liable for damages if you slip, trip, and fall on their property due to their negligence. Working with a qualified New York personal injury lawyer in this situation is important because the Queens, Nassau County, Suffolk County, or Long Island property owner that you file a claim against will certainly be represented by law firms who are trying to dismiss or settle your case for as little as possible.

Construction Accidents

An injury sustained due to working on a construction site can be life-changing or deadly. In many cases, such an injury will prevent your ability to continue working for some duration of time. Workers’ compensation is available for these types of accidents. Depending on the details of your case, you may also be able to file a lawsuit.

Wrongful Death

Death caused by negligence or intentional actions of another party is known as wrongful death. The NY accident attorneys at our law office are experienced in these cases and are ready to help you fight for the money you need.

Medical Malpractice

When you work with a licensed medical professional, you have every right to expect that they will take prudent and cautious steps to help you work towards a successful recovery. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The New York personal injury attorneys at our law firm are ready to help you fight for fair compensation.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Law

What types of compensation can be received in a personal injury case?

There are several types of compensable damages that can be received including money for lost wages and career change, property damage compensation, health aids, and home rehabilitation to accommodate for the injuries sustained.

What is the difference between a “personal injury claim” and “personal injury lawsuit”?

A personal injury claim is when you or the law firm you have retained and the at fault party’s insurance company try to come up with a settlement to resolve your claim. Most cases generally do settle out of court. If a settlement can not be reached, a law firm will go ahead and commence a personal injury lawsuit, which simply means taking the at fault party to court.

How much is my case worth?

The value of your case depends on multiple factors such as liability, injuries, insurance coverage, venue, medical bills and etc. Here at The Harrison Law Group, P.C., we will evaluate your case and give you the most comprehensive answer as far as what you can expect regarding compensation.

What should you do after a personal injury accident?

Seek medical attention. Take photos of your injuries, defects and property damage. Keep track of everyone you speak with, take the names, phone numbers and addresses of all witnesses, as this will be useful information for when you hire an attorney. Finally, call The Harrison Law Group, P.C. to see how we can help.

What if I am part responsible for the accident?

Even if you are partially responsible for the accident you may still be entitled to compensation and you should not wait and speak to an attorney right away.

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