Even in the wake of the new coronavirus, people still have to get from place to place for essential shopping, services, and otherwise. That is why though NYC streets are not as bustling as normal, they are still quite busy with pedestrians and motorists alike. 2019 saw a drastic spike in pedestrian accidents, and this is mostly due to careless drivers throughout the city. Please continue reading and reach out to our knowledgeable New York City personal injury attorney to learn more about what to do after a pedestrian accident and how our firm can help you.
What should I do if I am injured in a pedestrian accident?
There are several steps you should take to maximize your chances of winning a future personal injury claim. They are as follows:
- After the accident, call the police immediately. They will send an ambulance to the scene of the accident.
- From here, if you are capable, ask the driver for his or her insurance information.
- Next, take pictures of the scene of the accident and any injuries you have sustained.
- Ask anyone who witnessed your accident for their contact information so they may corroborate your future claim.
- Once you are treated at the hospital, ensure you ask your doctor for all medical documentation pertaining to your injuries.
- Finally, retain the services of a knowledgable New York City personal injury attorney who can help you through every step of the claims process ahead.
- Once you file your claim, ensure you stay away from social media until your claim is resolved. If you post anything that contradicts your claim in any way, there is a very good chance insurance companies will use it against you.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in New York?
If you have been injured, you must file a claim within the state’s statute of limitations. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York State is, generally, three years, you will, generally, have three years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the party who caused your injuries. If you wait any longer than the three-year time limit, you will most likely be barred from suing. Our firm is ready to help you through every step of the claims process ahead–all you have to do is ask.
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