There are millions of people walking around the state of New York at any given time of the day. As a pedestrian, it is important to always be careful and aware of your surroundings. However, accidents can happen. If a pedestrian is injured by a motor vehicle, the driver can be held responsible for the accident and any injuries that are sustained. When this happens, the pedestrian may be eligible to receive compensation. This is available to cover any medical bills and lost wages incurred as a result of the accident. It is also possible to receive monetary value for pain and suffering from an accident. The compensation can help to treat any injuries as well as the impact it had on the individual’s life.
Personal Injury Protection
When a person is struck by a vehicle, they may be covered financially by Personal Injury Protection (PIP). This is no-fault insurance that most automobile insurance policies carry for those involved in accidents. The coverage can be for lost wages and medical bills. If this does not cover all necessary costs, it is possible to receive further compensation. This can be done through a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. When a person finds themselves in this situation, it is important to contact legal services to discuss their options and guide them through the process.
In order to receive compensation for injuries that happened as a result of a pedestrian accident, the injured party may be required to prove the other party involved was negligent. This must be done in order to receive damages. Proving a driver was negligent can show they were driving unsafely and not to the best of their ability, thus causing an accident. Negligent behavior may include using a phone while driving, driving under the influence, reckless driving, speeding, and more.
There are some cases in which a third party may be involved in a pedestrian accident, causing the incident to happen. This may involve the negligence of a municipality as well. When a lawsuit is pursued against a municipality, the injured is able to receive damages that assist them after the accident. When people become injured, they often suffer from both physical and emotional trauma. Because of this, they can receive economic and non-economic damages. Non-economic damages cover the emotional trauma the individual suffered as a result of the accident. Economic damages cover the cost of medical bills and lost wages.
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