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If you live in New York City, there is a very good chance that you primarily walk to get from place to place. Walking, though typically considered a safe, cost-efficient means of getting around, can become very dangerous when there are negligent drivers on the road. If you are someone who was struck by an oncoming vehicle, you are most likely now trying to recover financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and more. If you are in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options:

What are the most common causes of pedestrian accidents?

Pedestrian accidents can be caused by several different factors, ranging from poor weather conditions to negligent road design, and even to poor lighting or overgrown vegetation. However, the most common cause of pedestrian accidents is driver negligence.

What is driver negligence?

A driver is negligent when he or she willfully disobeys or ignores the rules of the road, putting others in danger. Some examples of driver negligence are as follows:

  • Texting while driving
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Smoking while driving
  • Eating while driving
  • Unsafely changing lanes
  • Not checking blind spots
  • Navigating directions while driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Disregarding traffic lights, signs, and other rules of the road

Do I qualify for financial compensation?

To qualify for compensation, you must be able to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. To do so, you will need the help of an experienced attorney who is ready to put in the work to gather the necessary evidence to win you the compensation you deserve.

How do I prove another party’s negligence?

To prove another party’s negligence, your attorney will work to obtain security camera footage of your accident, witness statements, police reports, medical documentation detailing the extent of your injuries, and more.

What is the statute of limitations in New York?

The statute of limitations in New York State is three years, which means you have three years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim. Failing to do so may result in you losing out on the compensation you need, so do not wait. Hire an attorney who knows the ins and outs of the personal injury process and who is ready to get the ball rolling.

Contact our experienced New York City 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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