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You may be wondering what to do after a pedestrian accident in New York City or how you are going to recover compensation for your injuries. We understand the pain and confusion you may be experiencing. Our team is here to help guide you through the legal process so you can focus on your recovery. Contact us today for a free consultation: 212-256-9255

New York City is a vibrant place, but its bustling streets can pose dangers for pedestrians. Each year, pedestrian accidents cause approximately 300 deaths and 15,000 injuries in New York. These accidents can be overwhelming for victims, leading to expensive medical bills, lost wages, stress, and anxiety.

If you were hurt in a pedestrian accident, you deserve fair compensation. Glugeth & Pierguidi, P.C. assists accident victims in getting justice for their injuries. Call our firm today for a free case evaluation and to learn what to do after a pedestrian accident in NYC.

Immediate Steps to Take After a Pedestrian Accident in New York City

How you react after an accident is critical. Doing or saying the wrong thing can jeopardize your case and prevent you from getting compensation. Let’s look at some essential steps to ensure your safety and protect your rights.

Get Away from Danger

Prioritize safety by moving to a safe location. Our city streets are busy, and other vehicles might not see you. Try your best to move away from traffic and potential hazards. If you’re injured and unable to move, signal for help or ask bystanders to assist you. 

Report the Accident

New York law requires drivers to report any motor vehicle accident that causes injuries. However, you can’t count on the driver to do this. It’s best to call 911 to report the incident and request medical assistance if needed. Having an official record of the accident is essential for insurance claims and legal proceedings that stem from the accident.

Exchange Information

Exchange contact and insurance information with the driver involved in the accident. Obtain their name, phone number, license plate number, and insurance details. Similarly, you should collect contact information from witnesses so they can provide statements about the incident.

Document the Scene

Take photos of the accident scene, including any vehicle damage, injuries, road conditions, and traffic signs. Capture multiple angles and perspectives to accurately depict the circumstances surrounding the accident. Additionally, make a note of any relevant details such as weather conditions, time of day, and nearby landmarks. 

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What to Do Within a Few Days of a Pedestrian Accident

Once you can leave the accident scene, take a moment to compose yourself. However, don’t wait too long to follow each of these steps. 

Visit a Doctor

Even if your injuries seem minor, it’s essential to see a doctor right away. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent, and a doctor can perform a full evaluation and recommend treatment. Follow all treatment plans carefully to ensure a proper recovery and document your medical care.

Be Cautious with Insurance Adjusters

Insurance companies may contact you after the accident. It’s important to be cautious about what you say. These adjusters may try to get you to make statements that could hurt your claim. Do not speak with them until you have spoken with a lawyer who can advise you on how to proceed.

Speak with a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Getting early legal advice is vital. A pedestrian accident lawyer can explain your rights under New York’s personal injury laws and help you understand the compensation you can recover. They can also navigate the complexities of insurance claims and paperwork, ensuring you receive the maximum compensation for your damages.

What Are the Legal Options After a Pedestrian Accident?

New York negligence law allows you to file a claim against the party who caused the accident. If you prevail, you can recover compensation for damages, such as injuries or lost wages.

In most cases, this will end with a private settlement. However, there are situations where you might have to go to court to get compensation. 

Here is an overview of how this process following a pedestrian accident in NYC: 

  • Initial consultation. You will meet with a personal injury lawyer to discuss the accident and potential compensation. At Glugeth & Pierguidi, P.C., we offer free consultations so you can get advice without worrying about finances.
  • Investigation. Your lawyer will investigate the accident and gather evidence, such as witness statements and medical reports. They will use this evidence to establish liability and hold the driver accountable.
  • Demand. Our firm may send a demand letter to the at-fault party’s insurance company outlining the damages and the compensation you need. We may also file a legal complaint in court if necessary.
  • Negotiation. After the demand letter, your lawyer will begin negotiations with the other side. The process can take months or years until both sides agree to the terms of a settlement.
  • Trial. If the insurer won’t agree to a fair settlement, your lawyer can take your case to court. We will present your case to a judge or jury to obtain the compensation you deserve.

While this is the standard process, your experience will depend on your case’s unique circumstances. Speak with an attorney from our firm for more specific advice regarding your claim.

Contact Glugeth & Pierguidi for a Free Consultation

At Glugeth & Pierguidi, P.C., our experienced lawyers understand your physical, emotional, and financial challenges. Our attorneys know what to do after a pedestrian accident to get you the maximum compensation available. We have spent nearly 50 years protecting victims’ rights and are ready to fight for you. 

Schedule your free consultation today by calling 212-256-9255.

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David Pierguidi and Jared Glugeth understand how hard it may be for you and your family following an accident resulting from someone’s negligent actions. Get the medical treatment you need right away and then call our law firm at any time of day for answers to your questions.

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