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It is no secret that the streets of New York are often hectic. It is because of this that many accidents can happen, making it important for pedestrians to be cautious of their surroundings at all times. However, even if they do, it is possible to be hit by a motor vehicle while walking on New York streets. These accidents can cause life-changing injuries as a result, which is why injured parties should retain the services of an experienced New York personal injury attorney for assistance building a case to recover compensation for damages.

How do Pedestrian Accidents Happen?

Pedestrian accidents can often be just that – an accident. However, a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents is negligent driving. When people do not follow the rules of the road when they operate a vehicle, they can put pedestrians in danger. Actions that can include negligent driving can include texting while driving, speeding excessively, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you were injured in an accident because a driver engaged in any of this behavior, you may have a case.

How Can an Injured Pedestrian Sue?

Injured pedestrians should reach out to an attorney who has a thorough understanding of the personal injury claims process. With their help, evidence can be collected that shows the actions of the driver directly caused the accident and their injuries. Evidence that can be helpful in doing so can include footage of the accident, pictures of the scene, statements from any witnesses, medical documents of the injuries and their origin, police reports, and more. 

What is the Statute of Limitations in New York?

After a pedestrian accident, it is important that injured parties do not wait too long to file a claim if they want to pursue legal action. This is because each state has its own statute of limitations for personal injury cases. This places a deadline on how long they have to file a claim. If they fail to meet the deadline, they can lose their opportunity to hold the negligent driver liable for their injuries. In New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years from the date of the injury.

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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