Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Suffolk County, New York
Traveling by foot may be better for the environment, but it may not be the best choice for a person’s health and safety. An inattentive driver or reckless motorist can quickly and unexpectedly strike a pedestrian who is walking along a sidewalk or jogging on a running trail. Or someone in a hurry to leave a parking lot can inadvertently strike a pedestrian walking to his or her car. All of these accidents are likely to do little harm to the car or truck – but considerable harm to the pedestrian. Physical, mental, and emotional reminders of a Suffolk County pedestrian accident may linger for years after the collision.
Parker Waichman LLP assists pedestrians in Suffolk County who have been struck and injured by negligent motorists to recover financial damages for their expenses and losses. Contact Parker Waichman LLP and learn how we can assist.
Why Do Pedestrian Accidents Happen in Suffolk County?
After a pedestrian collision has occurred, one of the biggest questions that will need to be answered is this: “Who is at fault?” In other words, insurance companies, the injured pedestrian, the other motorist(s) involved in the accident, and any court involved in a lawsuit will want to know what set into motion the chain of events that resulted in the collision. Usually, there is no one clear answer: pedestrians and motorists alike can make decisions that contribute to the collision’s occurrence.
- Pedestrian Factors: For pedestrians, irresponsible behaviors that can lead to a collision or accident include:
- Distractions/Inattentiveness: Pedestrians should always remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings. This is especially important when walking where there are motor vehicles close by (such as along major streets and highways and in parking lots). Cellphones, radios/music players, and other electronic devices are major sources of distractions for pedestrians that can lead to a collision.
- Disobeying pedestrian control signals and signs: Crosswalks and crossing signals may be cumbersome and inconvenient, but they help ensure that pedestrians are safe and visible to motorists when crossing the street. Choosing to jaywalk or cross a street at a time when a signal is instructing pedestrians not to cross the street can put the pedestrian in jeopardy.
- Lack of visibility: Finally, pedestrians who walk at night or when visibility conditions are poor and who do not take steps to make themselves more visible to motorists may increase the likelihood that they will be hurt in a collision. Wearing reflective clothing or carrying a light after dark, for example, can dramatically lessen the chances that a pedestrian will be struck by a motorist.
- Motorist Factors: Similarly, motorists who do one or more of the following behind the wheel may make a pedestrian crash more likely:
- Inattentive driving: Motorists who text while drive, daydream, or carry on conversations with others in the car are more likely to miss seeing pedestrians who are walking near the road or crossing the road. If a motorist does not see a pedestrian in the road in time, the motorist may not be able to stop his or her car or truck in time to avoid an accident.
- Failing to yield the right of way: When the driver of a car or truck is in a rush, he or she may not give the right of way to pedestrians crossing the street even if the pedestrians have a signal telling them that it is safe to cross. Hurried motorists may not intend to cause injuries to pedestrians – they may just want to reach their destinations as quickly as possible – but this lack of intent does not negate the damaging consequences of their decisions.
- Driving under the influence: Being intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can reduce a motorist’s senses and reaction time, meaning that the motorist is less likely to notice a pedestrian in or near the roadway. Even if the motorist does see the pedestrian, alcohol and/or drugs can make it less likely that the motorist will be able to safely and promptly react so as to avoid an accident.
Whatever the circumstances that led to a particular pedestrian accident, recovering compensation is made easier with the assistance of a helpful and knowledgeable law firm like Parker Waichman LLP. Contact us today to discuss your case and rights.
Where to Go for Medical and Legal Help in Suffolk County After a Pedestrian Accident
Peconic Bay Medical Center and Brookhaven Medical Center are just two of Suffolk County’s many hospitals and healthcare treatment centers where victims hurt in a pedestrian collision can receive treatment for injuries sustained in a pedestrian crash. After a pedestrian collision, it is extremely important that medical attention is sought quickly so that any internal injuries or injuries to the brain or spine can be diagnosed and treated promptly before any permanent damage occurs.
When it comes time to file a lawsuit and seek monetary damages from a negligent motorist, the injured pedestrian in Suffolk County will file his or her lawsuit with one of the local Supreme Courts in Suffolk County. There may be advantages and/or disadvantages to filing one’s lawsuit in on Supreme Court over another. For this reason alone, speaking with an experienced pedestrian accident attorney who can review the injury victim’s case and advise the victim as to the best court to hear the victim’s case is almost always the best course of action.
Pedestrian Injuries Following a Suffolk County Collision
Pedestrians will likely suffer serious, if not catastrophic, injuries when they are struck by a car or truck (unless the collision occurs at a very slow speed). The extent and severity of these injuries will depend on factors such as the pedestrian’s age and general health, the size and speed of the vehicle that strike’s the pedestrian, whether the pedestrian was thrown or dragged under the vehicle during the accident, what kind of surface the accident occurred on, and how quickly the pedestrian received medical care and treatment (just to name a few). Pedestrians may, for example, suffer:
- Head and spine injuries, which can cause damage to or sever the spinal cord. Trauma to the spinal cord can lead to severe, debilitating pain that can be difficult to manage or treat. A severed spinal cord (or a spinal cord that suffers too much damage) can lead to a loss of use of one’s arms, legs, and/or other body parts. Swift medical treatment may lessen the duration and/or severity of any pain or paralysis.
- Broken bones, especially bones in the legs or pelvic region. In addition to making mobility, a challenge, broken bones in these regions can be difficult to repair and can require a great deal of time to heal. For some pedestrians, these injuries will never fully heal but will instead require the use of a cane or walker for the rest of the pedestrian’s life.
- Psychological injuries such as anxiety and depression. The loss of one’s mobility (whether for a period of time or permanently) can have a profoundly negative impact on an injured pedestrian’s mental health and wellbeing. An injured pedestrian’s sense of safety in the world can be shaken and lead to challenges in leaving one’s home: an inability to do the things the pedestrian was once accustomed to doing can lead the pedestrian to question life’s meaning and purpose. These are incredibly painful and troubling feelings and thoughts that can negatively impact the injured pedestrian’s quality of life.
Addressing these physical and psychological injuries costs money; oftentimes, more money than the injured pedestrian and his or her family have available to them. Pedestrian injury lawsuits are meant to provide injury victims with the cash they need to fully address their injuries by requiring the person or persons responsible for causing injury to the pedestrian to pay for the costs of medical appointments and surgeries, prescription drug costs, counseling services, home health care services, and other similar expenses. Even where the pedestrian is partly to blame for the accident (i.e., the pedestrian was jaywalking or did not look for traffic before stepping out in the street), the pedestrian may still be able to recover some amount of damages to address his or her injuries.
Parker Waichman LLP dedicates itself to helping injury victims of all sorts, including injured pedestrians in Suffolk County, recover the most compensation possible for their injuries. Our firm has received a “5 Dragons” rating from Lawdragon.com and an “8” (out of a possible 10) on the national attorney-rating website Avvo.com, along with numerous other awards and recognition for our superior representation and work on behalf of injury victims. Learn about the hard work and dedication to our clients that has led to these awards: contact Parker Waichman LLP today to discuss your situation and how we can assist you.
Your Opportunity to Obtain Damages is Closing Fast
A victim’s pedestrian accident-related injuries may take years to fully heal: however, that victim’s window of opportunity to obtain compensation closes much faster than this. In Suffolk County and throughout New York, the state’s statute of limitations only provides injured pedestrians a three-year time period within which they are expected to investigate the circumstances leading to the collision, determine if a motorist’s or someone else’s careless behavior is to blame for their injuries, and file a lawsuit to seek compensation. While some states’ statutes of limitations are shorter, New York’s statute of limitations does not give injured pedestrians much time at all to take action and assert their rights.
Any injury lawyer or law firm can attest to the severe consequences of not filing a pedestrian injury lawsuit within the statute of limitations. A lawsuit can be dismissed if it is filed outside the statute of limitations time period, and the injured pedestrian can be left without any further recourse or path to recovery. While there are some ways whereby this result can be avoided, these exceptions to the statute of limitations are narrow and apply only in a very few circumstances. The best way to avoid violating the statute of limitations is for injured pedestrians to retain legal representation as soon as possible after their injury accident.
Speak with the Suffolk County Pedestrian Injury Law Firm Parker Waichman LLP Right Away
Do not take any chances with your health or your financial future after a pedestrian accident: if you or a member of your family have been hurt while walking in Suffolk County, take charge by contacting Parker Waichman LLP right away. Our experienced and compassionate team will review your case with you during a free case evaluation and help you understand the rights you possess. If you are able and willing to file a lawsuit, we will help you take these important first steps toward recovery. Call Parker Waichman LLP’s offices at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
How Do I Get My Police Report?
Within hours of an arrest or accident, a police report is generated by the investigating officer who inputs the case information. If the case is ongoing, it may be difficult to obtain the report or you may only be able to get the “public portion” until the case has wrapped up and any charges have been filed. After the police investigation has concluded, your attorney will have access to the full police report and you can ask them for a copy. The only other way to obtain a copy of a police report is to go to your local government website and request a report by filling out a form and either submitting it electronically, via mail, or in person depending on the instructions listed on your local government’s website. There may be a fee associated with requesting a copy of a police report and it may take several days after the incident for the report to be available.
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Nassau County Auxiliary Police (516) 679-5810
2708 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY 11710 East Rockaway Police Department (516) 887-6319
6 James St S, East Rockaway, NY 11518 Nassau County Police Department (516) 573-4450
376 Atlantic Avenue, East Rockaway, NY 11518 Freeport Police Department (516) 378-0700
40 N Ocean Avenue, Freeport, NY 11520 Nassau County Police Department (516) 573-6500
1655 Dutch Broadway, Elmont, NY 11003 Floral Park Police Department (516) 326-6400
1 Floral Boulevard, Floral Park, NY 11001 Garden City Police Department (516) 465-4100
349 Stewart Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530 Glen Cove Police Department (516) 676-1000
1 Bridge St, Glen Cove, NY 11542 Great Neck Estates Police Department (516) 487-7700
1 Cedar Drive Great Neck, NY 11021 Kensington Police Department (516) 482-0480
1 Beverly Road #A Great Neck, NY 11021 Lake Success Police Department (516) 482-4600
318 Lakeville Road, Great Neck, NY 11021 Hempstead Police Department (516) 483-6200
99 Games A. Garner Way, Hempstead, NY 11550 Nassau County Police Department (516) 573-6400
1699 Broadway, Hewlett, NY 11557 Village of Kings Point Police Department (516) 482-1000
32 Stepping Stone Ln, Kings Point, NY 11024 Nassau County Police Department (516) 573-6800
286 N Wantagh Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714 Long Beach Auxiliary Police (516) 431-6868
859 E Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY 11561 Long Beach Police Department (516) 431-1800
1 W Chester St, Long Beach, NY 11561 Lynbrook Police Headquarters (516) 599-3300
1 Columbus Drive, Lynbrook, NY 11563 Malverne Police Department (516) 599-3141
1 Britton Circle, Malverne, NY 11565 Mineola Auxiliary Police (516) 746-2448
300 Garfield Avenue, Mineola, NY 11501 Nassau County Police Department (516) 573-7000
1490 Franklin Avenue, Mineola, NY 11501 Old Brookville Police Department (516) 626-1300
5701 Northern Boulevard, Old Brookville, NY 11545 Old Westbury Police Department (516) 626-0200
1 Store Hill Road A, Old Westbury, NY 11568 Centre Island Police Department (516) 922-6466
100 Centre Island Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771 Oyster Bay Cove Police Department (516) 922-6363
Berry Hill Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771 Port Washington Police Department (516) 883-0500
500 Port Washington Boulevard, Port Washington, NY 11050 Sands Point Police Department (516) 883-3100
26 Tibbits Lane, Port Washington, NY 11050 Rockville Centre Police Department (516) 766-1500
34 Maple Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570 Nassau County Police Department (516) 573-6700
3636 Merrick Road, Seaford, NY 11783 Nassau County Police Department (516) 573-5275
970 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590 Westbury Auxiliary Police (516) 876-4925
645 Union Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590 Nassau County Police Department (516) 573-6300
214 Hillside Avenue, Williston Park, NY Williston Park Auxiliary Police (516) 746-0720
494 Willis Avenue, Williston Park, NY 11696 Jericho Auxiliary Police (516) 364-3433
807 Dee Ln, Woodbury, NY 11797 Nassau County Police Department (516) 573-6200
7700 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY
St. Joseph Hospital (516) 579-6000
4295 Hempstead Turnpike, Bethpage, NY 11714 Nassau University Medical Center (516) 572-0123
2201 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554 Glen Cove Hospital (516) 674-7588
101 St Andrews Lane, Glen Cove, NY 11542 South Nassau Communities Hospital Off-Campus Emergency Department (516) 870-1010
325 East Bay Drive, Long Beach, NY 11561 North Shore University Hospital (516) 562-8730
300 Community Drive, Manhasset, NY 11030 NYU Winthrop Hospital (516) 663-0333
259 First Street, Mineola, NY 11501 Mount Sinai South Nassau (516) 632-3000
One Healthy Way, Oceanside, NY 11572 Plainview Hospital (516) 719-3000
888 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY 11803 Mercy Medical Center (516) 705-2525
1000 North Village Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570 St Francis Hospital (516) 562-6000
100 Port Washington Boulevard, Roslyn, NY 11576 Syosset Hospital (516) 496-6400
221 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset, NY 11791 Northwell Health - Long Island Jewish Valley Stream (516) 256-6000
900 Franklin Avenue, Valley Stream, NY 11580
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Amityville Police Department (631) 264-0400
21 Ireland Place, Amityville, NY 11701 Saltaire Public Safety Office (631) 583-5572
14 Bay Prom St, Bay Shore, NY 11706 Suffolk County Police Department (631) 854-8300
1630 5th Avenue, Bay Shore, NY 11706 NY State Police (631) 231-5962
800 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, NY 11717 MTAPD (631) 851-2230
10 West Suffolk Avenue, Central Islip, NY 11722 East Hampton Police Department (631) 324-3018
159 Pantigo Road, East Hampton, NY 11937 East Hampton Village Police Department (631) 324-0777
1 Cedar St, East Hampton, NY 11937 Huntington Bay Police Department (631) 427-2843
244 Vineyard Road, Halesite, NY 11743 Southampton Town Police Department (631) 728-3400
110 Old Riverhead Road, Hampton Bays, NY 11946 Lloyd Harbor Police Department (631) 549-8800
380 W Neck Road, Huntington, NY 11743 Suffolk County Police Department (631) 854-8200
1071 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743 Harbor Police Department (631) 224-5656
Bayview Avenue, Islip NY 11751 Montauk Police Precinct (631) 668-3709
52 S Embassy St, Montauk, NY 11954 Asharoken Police Department (631) 261-7400
1 Asharoken Avenue #1, Northport, NY 11768 Northport Village Police Department (631) 261-7500
224 Main St, Northport, NY 11768 Ocean Beach Police Department (631) 583-5866
1 Bay Walk, Ocean Beach, NY 11770 Southold Police Department (631) 765-2600
41405 Route 25, Peconic, NY 11958 Quogue Police Department (631) 653-4175
115 Jessup Avenue, Quogue, NY 11959 Riverhead Police Department (631) 727-4500
210 Howell Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901 Sag Harbor Police Headquarters (631) 725-0058
70 Division St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963 Head of the Harbor Police Department (631) 584-7891
500 Route 25a, St James, NY 11780 Nisseuogue Police Department (631) 584-5302
Moriches Road, St James, NY 11780 Old Field Village Constables (631) 941-9401
207 Old Field Road, Setauket, NY 11733 Shelter Island Police Department (631) 749-0600
44 N Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964 Southampton Village Police (631) 283-0056
151 Windmill Ln, Southampton, NY 11968 East Hampton Town Police Department (631) 537-7575
131 Wainscott Road, Wainscott, NY 11975 Suffolk County Police Department (631) 854-8100
555 Route 109, West Babylon, NY 11704
Southside Hospital (631) 968-3000
301 East Main St, Bay Shore, NY 11706 Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital (631) 477-1000
201 Manor Place, Greenport, NY 11944 Huntington Hospital (631) 351-2200
270 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743 Long Island Community Hospital (631) 654-7100
101 Hospital Road, Patchogue, NY 11772 John T Mather Memorial Hospital of Port Jefferson New York Inc (631) 473-1320
75 North Country Road, Port Jefferson, NY 11777 St. Charles Hospital (631) 474-6600
200 Belle Terre Road, Port Jefferson, NY 11777 Peconic Bay Medical Center (631) 548-6000
1300 Roanoke Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901 St Catherine of Siena Hospital (631) 862-3107
50 Route 25a, Smithtown, NY 11787 Stony Brook Southampton Hospital (631) 726-8200
240 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY 11968 University Hospital (631) 444-2701
Health Sciences Center SUNY, Stony Brook, NY 11794 Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, (631) 376-3000
1000 Montauk Highway, West Islip, NY 11795
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