According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4,735 pedestrians in the United States were killed in traffic crashes in 2013. This averages to one pedestrian death related to a crash every 2 hours.
In addition, over 150,000 pedestrians visited emergency departments for injuries sustained in non-fatal car crashes. According to statistics, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car crash on every trip compared to passenger vehicle occupants.
Common Questions about Pedestrian Accidents
A lot of people have questions about pedestrian accidents and what they should do after being involved in one. Here is a list of some of the most common questions asked about this type of accident.
Q1: I have been injured in a pedestrian accident and want to file a claim. What is the first thing I should do?
A: There are quite a few things you can do in the first couple of days and weeks after getting injured in a pedestrian accident and ensure your right to compensation is protected, including:
- Document as much as you can about the accident, the injuries you have sustained as well as any other losses, like lost wages, you have suffered due to the accident;
- Make notes of conversations you have had with people who were involved in the accident or the personal injury claim;
- Make sure that you preserve evidence of the party responsible for the accident and the damage that was done by taking photographs and collecting physical items;
- Locate witnesses to the accident – they may be able to help you prove your case;
- Notify the party that you think might be liable for the accident and let them know that you intend to file a claim for the injuries and damage you suffered, especially if a government employee or agency is involved;
- Contact a personal injury lawyer so you can get your claim evaluated and pursued by an experienced professional.
Q2: What would happen if the accident was partially my fault?
A: If you are responsible in some way for the accident, it may result in a reduction of your eventual recovery. For example, if you were at fault by 50%, the compensation you recover may be lowered by 50%.
Q3: How soon after the accident do I have to file a lawsuit?
A: There are certain time limits in every state. Known as statutes of limitations, these limits govern how much time you have for filing a personal injury lawsuit. Some states give less than a year to file a suit for a car accident. In case you miss the deadline, the court can dismiss your claim. This is exactly why you should talk to a lawyer as soon as you discover that you have been injured in an accident.
RMFW Law will not Fail You
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury in a car accident, you should immediately seek the help of a personal injury attorney at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at (212) 697-9280. That is our number; we hope you call it! We have been around the legal block before, we know how to win cases.
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