Pedestrian Injury Accident Lawyers
Serving those Injured Throughout Suffolk County, Including Smithtown, East Northport, Commack, St. James, and the Surrounding Communities
We represent clients who have been injured as pedestrians throughout Suffolk County. Our firm has been providing dedicated representation to those who have been injured in accidents for nearly 50 years.
What You Need to Know if You or a Loved One Has Been Injured as a Pedestrian
- In order to best protect your rights, you should retain an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after being hurt so that he or she can begin an immediate investigation.
- When a pedestrian accident occurs, the insurance company for those who may be at fault (such as the driver) will also begin investigating the accident. They will often seek to interview accident victims and try to get them to admit fault, such as by getting them to admit that they were not paying attention while crossing a street. If you’ve been injured, the lawyers for the insurance companies will not be able to talk to you if you are represented by an attorney. Therefore, you should hire a lawyer as soon as possible to protect your interests.
- As soon as our office is retained, we will begin a thorough investigation into the happening of the accident. We will obtain the police report, retain a private investigator, take statements from witnesses, photograph the vehicle involved and hire an accident reconstructionist if necessary.
- If you are injured as a pedestrian, you are entitled to receive “no-fault” benefits from the car that struck you, provided that your no-fault application is filed within 30 days of your accident. We will prepare and file your no-fault application for you so that you can obtain coverage for the medical treatment and lost wages to which you are entitled under no-fault law.
- Although insurance carriers have a legal duty to provide certain compensation under New York “no fault” law, this does not mean that they will readily provide such benefits. More often, the process of obtaining “no-fault” benefits will be adversarial and will often make obtaining medical treatment and lost wages difficult. We can assist you against the “no-fault” carrier if they are refusing to pay your medical bills or reimburse you for your lost wages.
- If you cannot work due to your injuries, you may also be entitled to short-term disability benefits if you have such insurance (either on your own or through an employer). We will help you determine whether you have such benefits, and will help in filing for such coverage.
- You should expect that the insurance company and their lawyers will deny their client’s liability or your injuries to minimize the potential payment for any damages sustained.
- They will argue that you are at fault by not being careful and looking out for cars.
- They will dispute the damages that you have sustained. They may claim that you already had such damages, or that your are exaggerating the severity of damages.
- They will also dispute your pain and suffering claims, particularly as pain and suffering can be the largest component of a recovery in a personal injury lawsuit.
Who May be Liable for a Pedestrian Accident?
In many pedestrian injury cases, there may be others in addition to drivers and motorcyclists who may be responsible for injury.
In some cases, municipalities may be liable. They may not have properly marked cross walks, or they may have failed to implement traffic control devices in busy walkways. They may also have failed to make sidewalks safe.
One important factor for accidents taking place at night is the extent to which lighting was sufficient. Often, pedestrians are struck in cross walks as the result of insufficient lighting, when drivers cannot see pedestrians even when driving the proper speed.
As with other accidents, drunk and impaired driving is often a significant contributing factor to injuries. If a driver was over-served alcohol and then injured or killed a pedestrian after leaving a bar, we will seek to hold the bar or restaurant owner accountable to the full extent of the law for their role.
We Will Be There For You – Find Out How By Calling Us Today for a No-Obligation, Free Consultation
We can advise you of your legal options for recovery when we learn about your case. There is no fee for us unless we achieve a recovery on your behalf, so you need not be concerned about having to pay any fee while your case is pending. We can meet you at your convenience at our office, or if this is not possible, at your home or other location.