How To Make Sure That You Receive Full Compensation for Your Queens County Pedestrian Accident
Despite all the precautions you may take – wearing highly-visible clothing, walking on sidewalks or the correct side of the roadway, and not listening to music or other distractions while walking – walking anywhere in Nassau County can put a person at risk of being injured in a pedestrian accident. Such an accident can turn the person’s life on its head: activities and pastimes the person used to enjoy may no longer be accessible; one’s career may be put on hold or derailed completely because of physical and/or mental limitations and disabilities; one’s family and home life may be forever altered and the manner in which the person is able to relate to a spouse or children can be changed.
Parker Waichman LLP is especially cognizant of the challenges and difficulties that confront Nassau County pedestrians hurt in collisions caused by careless motorists, commercial drivers, and motorcyclists. That is why we are committed to using our skills and the vast resources available to us to help injured pedestrians hold negligent drivers and others accountable for the physical, emotional, and financial damages that their careless actions cause.
Why Do Pedestrian Accidents Happen in Nassau County?
In a location such as Long Island, where it is often easier in some places to walk from Point A to Point B rather than drive, one would expect that motorists would be aware of the presence of pedestrians on running trails, sidewalks, in parking lots, in shopping areas and common areas, and side streets, and that pedestrian accidents would be few and far between. This, unfortunately, is not the case: collisions between cars, trucks, and other motor vehicles and pedestrians happen with frightening regularity because:
- Drivers are distracted by cell phones, other passengers, radios, and other visual and audial distractions. Drivers are supposed to continually scan their surroundings to watch for other vehicles, hazards, and pedestrians, so that they can take prompt action to avoid collisions and accidents. Drivers who are distracted are at a greater risk of missing these obstacles, or at least not seeing these dangers in time to avoid collisions.
- Drivers are impaired by drugs and/or alcohol. Impairment by drugs and/or alcohol (including impairment by over-the-counter drugs or prescribed medications) means that the impaired driver may make poorly-reasoned decisions, miss important traffic signs, or fail to see pedestrians lawfully crossing or using the street. Some drivers may be so impaired that they are unaware they struck a pedestrian and fail to stop and render aid to the injured pedestrian.
- Drivers are impatient and may feel as if a pedestrian crossing the street keeps them from making it to work on time or completing their daily errands. As a result, they may try to cut off a pedestrian or continue on their way without slowing down. A pedestrian who is not paying attention may be struck and seriously injured.
Pedestrian accidents are often the result of several unfortunate circumstances and/or terrible decisions: so long as the pedestrian’s actions are not the primary cause of the collision, then the pedestrian is usually able to recover some amount of compensation.
Compensation is Available for Injured Nassau County Pedestrians
Some pedestrians may feel as if they are on their own after a collision – that they must find a way to take care of their medical expenses, file for disability benefits or unemployment benefits, and/or rely on the generosity of friends and family members to make it through this difficult time. Nothing could be further from the truth, however: if a pedestrian is injured because another motorist did not drive in a careful and prudent manner, the pedestrian may be entitled to recover compensation through a Nassau County pedestrian injury lawsuit to address the pedestrian’s:
- Medical treatment costs, including the costs of office visits, hospital stays, surgical procedures, and follow-up visits;
- Prescription drug costs and/or costs associated with maintaining assistive devices like wheelchairs or lifts at home;
- Expenses related to home health care, cleaning services, or other professionals who come and assist with needs and tasks around the home;
- Wages or pay that could not be earned because the pedestrian was not able to work or not able to return to the same level of employment that he or she previously worked;
- Suffering caused from being in physical pain and/or mental anguish;
- Compensation for not being able to enjoy one’s life, be an active spouse or parent, or dealing with depression, anxiety, or worry; and/or
- Other “costs,” expenses, and losses attributable to the pedestrian accident.
Recovering this compensation is not an easy task. It begins by filing a lawsuit and being prepared to proceed to trial if a settlement agreement cannot be reached. Evidence such as medical reports and records, diagrams of the accident scene, and photographs, along with the testimony of people who saw the accident occur and/or who provided medical assistance to you, is necessary to make the following required showings:
- That another – a motorist or other person – drove his or her vehicle in a careless way. “Careless” in this context means in such a negligent manner that no other reasonable driver would have done the things or driven in the manner that the other person did;
- That this careless behavior is what led to the pedestrian collision and the resulting injuries and losses the pedestrian suffered are related to the collision itself; and
- There is an identifiable and quantifiable amount of money that can compensate the pedestrian for his or her past and future expenses related to treating and recovering from his or her injuries.
This process, while detailed and intimidating, should not discourage pedestrians who were involved in an accident in Nassau County from filing a lawsuit and exercising their legal rights. Parker Waichman LLP aims to make the process of filing and pursuing a claim for compensation as easy and stress-free as possible. Our “8” out of a perfect “10” rating on Avvo.com, our recognition in the Best Lawyers publication, and our perfect “5 Dragons” rating from Lawdragons.com all attest to our firm’s ability to zealously and successfully help our clients through the civil lawsuit process.
How Does a Pedestrian Injury Lawsuit Begin in Nassau County?
Before your lawsuit is filed with the Supreme Court in Nassau County, inured pedestrians would do well to speak with Parker Waichman LLP about their rights and case. Parker Waichman LLP offers a free initial case review for potential clients. This gives the firm an opportunity to learn more about the client’s case and how the firm may be able to assist him or her and it gives the potential client a chance to ask questions that can be answered by someone with the knowledge and insight needed to give accurate and thoughtful answers. This consultation is completely free and there are no obligations for the client to retain Parker Waichman LLP’s services.
Once a pedestrian retains Parker Waichman LLP’s services, the firm will go about preparing the petition for damages and ensuring this is served in accordance with New York law on the person or persons responsible for the pedestrian collision. This petition outlines not only the reasons why the pedestrian believes his or her injuries were caused by a specific person or people, but also the monetary damages – both economic and noneconomic – that the injured pedestrian is seeking.
Those injured Nassau County pedestrians who do choose to retain Parker Waichman LLP to represent them may be pleased to learn that Parker Waichman LLP takes pedestrian injury cases on a contingency-fee basis. This means that clients are not obliged to put any money down or front any expenses: instead, Parker Waichman LLP takes on the costs of litigation. Our attorneys only get paid if they are able to recover compensation for the client. Because of this, injured pedestrians really do not have any excuse not to contact Parker Waichman LLP to learn about the benefits of legal representation
Time is Running Out to File a Nassau County Pedestrian Injury Case
In a perfect world, life would stop after a horrific pedestrian crash and give injury victims and their families and opportunity to take stock of what has happened, formulate a plan for recovery, and get moving on the road to security and health. This is not a perfect world, however, and injured pedestrians do not have this sort of time available to them. In fact, injured pedestrians who do wish to file a lawsuit seeking monetary payment for their injuries must do so within three years of the date they were injured. So, for example, a pedestrian who is hurt when he or she is hit by a car while the pedestrian is crossing the street on January 31, 20120 must file his or her lawsuit before January 31, 2022. When one considers that before a lawsuit can be filed evidence and witnesses need to be located and past and future expenses and losses must be calculated, this three-year period does not give injured pedestrians much time to waste
There are exceptions that would allow a lawsuit to be filed outside this three-year window, so pedestrians who were perhaps injured years ago and who just recently began experiencing complications or troubles related to their pedestrian accident injuries should not give up hope. Contacting Parker Waichman LLP as soon as possible will help ensure that injured Nassau County pedestrians do not find themselves left without legal rights or recourse.
How to Receive Your Free Case Review of Your Nassau County Pedestrian Accident Case
Your journey to obtaining monetary damages from the driver or person who caused your pedestrian accident begins by contacting Parker Waichman LLP and receiving your free initial case consultation. We will answer any questions about your rights or your case that you may have and show you how retaining our services can dramatically increase the likelihood that you will be successful in your case. Let Parker Waichman LLP help you and your family through this challenging chapter in your life. Call our firm today at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) or contact our firm online.
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