Pedestrian accidents are far from uncommon in the city. People are always in a rush, and almost inevitably, rushing leads to negligence, and negligence leads to accidents. If you’ve been hurt as a pedestrian, you most likely require financial compensation to move forward with your life. This is why the smartest thing you can do is speak with an experienced Manhattan personal injury attorney who can effectively guide you through each step of the process ahead and fight for the compensation you deserve and need. Here are some of the questions you may have about pedestrian accidents in Manhattan:
How do pedestrian accidents most commonly happen in Manhattan?
Both pedestrians and motorists are responsible for following the rules and regulations of the road. That said, in most cases, negligent drivers are the ones who cause pedestrian accidents. When a pedestrian is hit by a car or another motor vehicle, they almost always sustain very serious injuries. Some of the most common ways in which drivers can behave negligently and cause pedestrian accidents are as follows:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving while fatigued
- Failing to use prescription glasses, especially at night
- Distracted driving
- Ignoring stop signs or other traffic lights/signs
Should I file a personal injury claim?
If you believe that you were hurt as a pedestrian due to no fault of your own, and that the accident was caused entirely by the negligence of another motorist, you should strongly consider filing a personal injury claim. As long as we can gather and present sufficient evidence to satisfy the burden of proof, we should recover compensation to help you deal with the various economic and non-economic damages you’ve incurred as a result of your accident.
Is there a time limit on injury claims in New York State?
The time limit for most personal injury claims in New York State is three years, which means injured parties have three years from the date of their accident to sue the party responsible for their injuries. However, in some cases, such as when a pedestrian is struck by a bus or other mode of transportation owned by the government, they will only have a matter of months to file a Notice of Claim. This is why it is simply best to reach out to a personal injury attorney you trust as soon as you can.
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