Pedestrian Accident Leads to Million Dollar Settlement for Client
Pedestrian accidents are a serious issue in New York City, where the population density and heavy traffic can make walking a dangerous activity. According to data from the New York City Department of Transportation, there were over 15,000 pedestrian injuries and over 220 deaths due to pedestrian accidents in the city in 2019. The majority of these accidents occurred in densely populated areas, such as Manhattan and Brooklyn, and were caused by factors such as driver inattention and failure to yield to pedestrians, amongst other things. The city has implemented a number of measures to try to reduce the number of pedestrian accidents, such as increased enforcement of traffic laws, the installation of new traffic signals and crosswalks, and public education campaigns on pedestrian safety. However, pedestrian accidents continue to be a major concern in New York City, and more needs to be done to keep the city’s residents safe when they are walking.
Personal injury encompasses the physical and emotional harm suffered by an individual as a result of another person or entity’s negligence or wrongdoing. Being hit by a truck as a pedestrian can result in severe injuries or even death. Common injuries in these types of accidents include broken bones, head trauma, internal injuries, and spinal cord injuries.
This is exactly what our New York Personal Injury law firm dealt with when taking on a recent case. A client came to us with severe injuries they sustained after being hit by a truck while walking in Brooklyn.
If you are hit as a pedestrian by a truck, it is important to seek medical attention immediately and to contact an attorney who specializes in personal injury cases, like Ramy Joudeh and Brett Kuller. Your personal injury attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options. They can also assist you in pursuing compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and other damages.
How you can better your chances at recovering compensation
It is important to gather as much evidence as possible, such as taking photos of the scene and the vehicles involved, getting contact information from any witnesses, and keeping track of all medical expenses. It is also important to know that in some jurisdictions, you may be able to file a claim under both the liability insurance of the truck driver and/or the trucking company. These are important details you can consult with an attorney about. They know what options are available in your specific case.
It’s important to note that in some cases, the victim of a pedestrian accident may have some contributory negligence which might affect the outcome of the case. A personal injury attorney can help a victim of a truck accident in several ways. First, they can help investigate the accident and gather evidence to prove negligence on the part of the truck driver or trucking company. This can include obtaining witness statements, reviewing police reports, and hiring experts to reconstruct the accident.
Second, a personal injury attorney can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages. This can include reimbursement for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Third, if a settlement cannot be reached, a personal injury attorney can file a lawsuit on your behalf and represent you in court. We recently recovered a 1.5 million dollar settlement on the verge of a trial. You might be between a rock and a hard-place, so to speak. What do we mean by this? Well, you’re injured, you’re losing wages, and you’re emotionally battered. Taking the first settlement that the rich insurance companies offer might seem like a no-brainer. Still, there’s serious benefits to consulting with an attorney like Ramy Joudeh. We can use our experience to give you an honest account of what your chances of getting fair compensation are.