Collisions that occur between motor vehicles and pedestrians are almost certain to be life-altering experiences. Even at lower speeds, a crash can result in a person falling to the ground. More severe can result in serious injuries or even death. While it may seem that any collision between a car and a person will be the driver’s fault, pedestrians have a responsibility to act in a reasonable way as well.
StolzenbergCortelli, LLP’s Nanuet pedestrian accident lawyers work with people who have suffered injuries while walking to analyze their cases and pursue appropriate compensation for their injuries. Our experienced personal injury attorneys gather evidence concerning the incident, place that evidence within the framework of the law, understand how a crash has affected your life, and demand appropriate compensation from at-fault drivers and their insurance companies.
People injured in collisions with cars have no physical protection and are almost certain to suffer severe injuries. The impact alone is enough to result in broken bones, concussions, deep cuts, and joint separations. But after the initial contact, a person usually falls to the ground, which serves to compound the injuries. The losses that a victim may suffer can also stretch beyond the physical medical conditions, and they can file claims that demand compensation for:
Depending upon the severity of the injuries, these damages may be more serious than even the most immediate physical traumas. In many situations, a plaintiff must make their settlement demands before the full extent of the damages is known. These situations call for projections from economists and actuaries to fully comprehend the extent of these injuries. A Nanuet pedestrian accident attorney from StolzenbergCortelli, LLP understands the immense impact that these accidents can have on people’s lives and could work accordingly to make the case for damages.
Most collisions between cars and people are accidents. Because of this, all lawsuits that arise from these incidents are pursued under the legal theory known as negligence. In short, negligence is when a person has a responsibility to keep another person safe. When that responsibility fails, resulting in an injury, the defendant is liable to pay for the damages. In pedestrian accident cases, all drivers have a duty to care for all other drivers and pedestrians on the road. It is in determining if that duty was broken that most cases are decided.
In many situations, the driver is indeed at fault. If a pedestrian is using a crosswalk with a cross light, the driver will almost always be at fault. However, if the pedestrian is jaywalking, or the weather is so bad that a driver cannot be expected to have seen the pedestrian before making contact, the situation becomes much more complicated. Plaintiffs may need legal representation that understands the nuances of negligence claims as they apply to pedestrian accidents to prove their cases. A StolzenbergCortelli, LLP pedestrian collision lawyer in Nanuet might be able to provide the assistance needed to demonstrate these claims.
Even the clearest examples of driver negligence may not result in a successful case for a plaintiff if they do not act in time. According to New York Civil Practice Law & Rules § 214, any claim for personal injury must be filed in court no more than three years after the date of the accident. This means that time is of the essence in any pedestrian accident claim.
Pedestrians have the right to be able to walk in Nanuet without suffering injuries because of the poor choices of others. Sadly, drivers who speed, ignore crosswalks, or text behind the wheel place pedestrians at severe risk of harm. If these risks result in a collision that causes a personal injury, that driver and their insurance company must provide full compensation to victims.
A Nanuet pedestrian accident lawyer from StolzenbergCortelli, LLP is ready to help you pursue the compensation you deserve. From day one, we could analyze the case, measure your losses, and demand appropriate payments both in and out of court. Speak with us today to get started.