Residents of Port Chester and the greater New York area are well known for walking and jogging along the streets. Pedestrians enjoy the benefits of walking versus driving a vehicle, and their presence along the roads should be respected. Unfortunately, the streets are not always safe, and pedestrian injuries are among the top ten causes of injuries in New York.
With walking and running so popular in New York, drivers have a greater responsibility to watch out for pedestrians. When careless drivers injure pedestrians, they should be held responsible, and compensate the victims for their injuries. Pedestrians should be able to enjoy using sidewalks and pathways safely, without the fear of being injured. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Port Chester, contact a pedestrian accident lawyer at Lever & Ecker, PLLC. Our attorneys are prepared to help you seek the damages to which you are entitled for your injuries.
Drivers have a duty to operate their motor vehicles safely and to obey traffic laws. Some drivers fail to drive safely, and their carelessness can cause an accident involving a pedestrian. The following are examples of negligent driving:
There are times when more than one party is responsible for a pedestrian accident, and in certain circumstances the pedestrian could even share the blame for the accident. In any case, contact a Port Chester pedestrian accident attorney at Lever & Ecker, PLLC if you have been involved in a pedestrian accident. Our attorneys help victims navigate the complicated process of identifying who is liable and seeking damages on their behalf.
At the city level, there have been initiatives to improve pedestrian safety and increase penalties for dangerous drivers. New York ranks high in pedestrian accidents due to the high population volume. When safety measures are ignored by careless drivers, the following injuries can occur:
If you were injured while walking or running on the streets of Port Chester, contact a pedestrian accident attorney. An experienced attorney can help you pursue fair compensation for your injuries.
Pedestrian accidents cause some of the most severe injuries that can be life-threatening. Unfortunately, insurance companies are notorious for delaying and denying claims because they do not want to pay the victims. In order to seek fair compensation, follow these steps after you have been in a pedestrian accident:
Even if you feel you only have minor scrapes, medical attention may uncover additional injuries. Medical care will also help you to receive compensation for both short and long-term care for your injuries.
Take pictures of the accident scene and the surrounding areas. This includes photographs of all involved vehicles, their license plates and any identifying signs on those vehicles. Taking pictures will provide far better evidence for your case than your memory alone.
Connect with people who were at the scene of your accident and get their contact information. You will want them to write down what they saw when the accident occurred. If you leave this to the insurance companies or law enforcement, critical pieces of information about your accident may be missed or even forgotten. You pedestrian accident lawyer will then work to obtain a sworn statement, and/or testimony, from these witnesses in support of your case.
In addition to documenting photos of the scene, you will also want to obtain a copy of the police report. Remember, insurance companies do not want to pay you for your injuries; therefore, having documentation about your accident can help your case. Each police department has different rules and requirements about obtaining the police report.
You should inform your insurance company of the accident. It is just as important not to speak to the at-fault party’s insurance company. Let your pedestrian accident lawyer handle the insurance companies.
Pedestrian accident claims can be complicated and stressful, and almost always require work of a skilled pedestrian accident lawyer. Victims should not have to go through this process alone.
At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, we have been advocating for accident victims for over 60 years. Contact our office to speak with a pedestrian accident lawyer about your case in Port Chester.
Since New York is a no-fault insurance state, the laws surrounding pedestrian accidents can be complicated. Additionally, the state has a statute of limitations that determines how long someone has to file a claim.
At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, we have experienced attorneys who understand the intricacies of pedestrian accident law. When you consult with us, we will listen to you and guide you on the best way to proceed. While you are not required by law to hire an attorney, having legal representation will make a huge difference in pursuing a claim for your injuries.
Often insurance companies will want you to settle and will do their best to get you to do so for pennies on the dollar. When we take on your case, we will zealously represent you and your best interests by investigating your case, communicating with the insurance companies, and filing a claim on your behalf to seek just compensation for your injuries.
We encourage you to schedule a free consultation with our Port Chester pedestrian accident lawyers as soon as possible.
Never settle for what an insurance company offers you for your accident. We understand the implication an accident has on your life, and we want to ease some of that burden. At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, our experienced team of attorneys will advocate for the legal rights of accident victims and fight for what we believe in with integrity and commitment.
If you are a pedestrian accident victim in Port Chester, you can fill out our contact form or call us at (914) 288-9191 or (718) 933-3632 to speak with a legal representative about your case.
Tragic bus collision involving pedestrian in crosswalk, causing catastrophic injuries which ultimately resulted in pedestrian’s wrongful death two weeks later. Lever & Ecker, PLLC, was able to obtain $12 million in compensation on behalf of the pedestrian’s surviving family. Not only was this settlement (the specific terms of which are confidential) one of the largest personal injury settlements in New York in 2020, we were able to resolve the case at an early stage, allowing the family to obtain a measure of closure and avoid the trauma of reliving the experience in court.