It is important for pedestrians in New York to always be aware of their surroundings, as the streets are often very busy and dangerous. However, it is always possible for a person to be struck by a motor vehicle. These accidents often cause injuries that have the potential to impact a person for the rest of their life. When this happens, those who become injured should reach out to an experienced New York personal injury attorney for help recovering compensation for damages.
How do Pedestrian Accidents Happen?
While some pedestrian accidents are simply an accident, they can also be caused by negligent driving. This is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. Drivers who do not follow the rules of the road and operate their vehicles negligent can cause dangerous accidents to happen. Actions that can include negligent driving can include texting while driving, speeding excessively, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Those who were involved in an accident due to any of these behaviors may have a case for negligence.
How Can an Injured Pedestrian Sue?
After a pedestrian accident happens, an attorney can assist in gathering the evidence that is needed to prove negligence. This must show that the automobile driver acted negligently, directly causing the accident and their injuries. Evidence that can do this can include surveillance footage of the accident, pictures of the scene of the accident, witness statements, medical documents describing the origin and extent of your injuries, police reports, and more.
What is the Statute of Limitations in New York?
It is important that those who are injured in a pedestrian accident do not wait long to file a personal injury claim if they want to sue the driver who caused their injuries. This is because there is a statute of limitations regarding personal injury cases, placing a deadline on the time they have to file. If they fail to do so in time, they may lose your chance to hold the negligent driver. In New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years from the date of the injury.
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