Countless people walk the streets of New York every day, especially in the city. Just as pedestrians have their set of responsibilities, such as obeying crosswalk signs, indicating whether or not it is safe to cross, motorists are responsible for staying aware of their surroundings and ensuring they are doing everything in their power to keep others safe as well. If you were involved in a pedestrian accident, the injuries you’ve sustained are most likely very severe. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the most common causes of pedestrian accidents?
Though a good portion of pedestrian accidents are caused by driver negligence, there are sometimes other contributing factors as well. Here are some of the primary causes of pedestrian accidents:
- Arterial roads
- Pedestrians wearing dark clothes at night–if a road or parking lot is insufficiently lit, pedestrians wearing dark clothes are even more likely to get hit
- Unmarked or unclearly marked crosswalks
- Backing-up accidents, such as motorists backing out of their driveway or parking space
- Overgrown vegetation
- Poor weather conditions, such as icy roads or heavy rain
- Lately, as they increase in popularity, quiet hybrid cars are creeping up on and accidentally striking unsuspecting pedestrians as well
While these are all significant contributors to the causes of pedestrian accidents, the most common root cause of pedestrian accidents is driver negligence, plain and simple. If you were injured because another motorist was acting negligently, there is a good chance you will be entitled to financial compensation.
What can I do to help prove another motorist’s negligence?
With the help of an experienced attorney and the truth on your side, you should be able to recover the compensation you deserve. However, you may wish to take a few additional steps to help ensure the insurance companies do not find a way to deny you. One of the best ways to prove your claim is through photographic or video evidence. These days, security cameras are almost everywhere. If a security camera caught your incident or its aftermath on film, you may use it as evidence. Additionally, if any nearby witnesses are willing to vouch for you, it is important you ask them for their name, phone number, email, and any other way you may contact them for their testimony. Lastly, if you plan on making a personal injury claim, one of the most important things you can do is see a medical professional. Not only will he or she treat you, but you will also be provided with medical documentation detailing the extent of the injuries you have sustained.
Contact our New York firm
The Law Offices of Laurence C. Tarowsky is proud to serve clients in New York City and the surrounding areas after they have been injured by someone else’s negligence. For a consultation, contact our office today.