A bustling city street in New York, featuring tall buildings, pedestrians, yellow taxis, and American flags. The sky is overcast and traffic lights are red, with vehicles and people crossing the zebra-pattered intersection.

If you live in New York, there is a good chance you do a lot of walking. Even if you’re not living in New York City, our state is home to several smaller cities, especially in Westchester County and its surrounding areas. If you walk from place to place, chances are, you never consider what would happen if you were to get in an accident. Unfortunately, no matter how safe you are, no matter how much you keep to yourself, pedestrian accidents still happen, and when they do, the results are often severe. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:

What are the most common causes of pedestrian accidents?

Oftentimes, pedestrians are struck by motor vehicles due to low visibility. Whether it be a bad storm, inadequately lit parking lots or roads, or overgrown vegetation, pedestrians are simply not as easy to spot as another motor vehicle. Unfortunately, the most common, though the most preventable cause of pedestrian accidents is driver negligence. Some examples of driver negligence are as follows:

  • Texting while driving
  • Driving under the influence
  • Speeding
  • Ignoring traffic lights, signs, and other rules of the road

What injuries are most commonly sustained in pedestrian accidents?

The injuries most likely to occur as a result of a pedestrian accident are as follows:

  • Head trauma
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Back injuries

How do I recover financial compensation following an accident?

To recover financial compensation, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. To do so, your attorney will assemble various pieces of evidence to present the most convincing claim possible. For example, your attorney will recover security camera footage of your accident, witness statements verifying your claim, pictures of the aftermath, police reports detailing what happened, medical documentation regarding the extent of your injuries, and more.

What is the statute of limitations in New York?

The statute of limitations in New York is three years, which means you have three years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim. If you neglect to do so, you will most likely be denied your right to sue. This is why you must hire a skillful, eager, and aggressive attorney who is ready to help you recover the compensation you need. Do not wait. Let us help you get on the road to recovery.

Contact our experienced Westchester County firm

Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of neglect in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.