While every situation is unique, steps to take following a Syracuse pedestrian accident are essentially the same steps you should take after a car accident. As a general rule, call police/911, move away as quickly as possible from unsafe conditions, and contact your insurance company. If you are hurt, you may want to call a pedestrian accident lawyer who may be able to get you the compensation you deserve as an injured pedestrian.
A pedestrian is someone traveling on foot, whether they are walking on sidewalks, roads or highways. So if a car, truck or motorcycle hits you while you are walking in or around traffic, you have become the victim of a pedestrian accident.
Pedestrians hit by vehicles can suffer broken bones, head trauma, internal damage and/or severe lacerations. Consequently, what you do immediately after being the victim of a pedestrian accident isn’t entirely your decision. Getting medical treatment is the first priority. Recovering from injuries is the second priority.
Having a family member or friend contact a personal injury attorney experienced with handling pedestrian accidents can sometimes remove the stress of dealing with insurance companies that do not want to pay an adequate amount for your damages and gathering information relevant to your claim. Obtaining witness statements (if applicable), filing legal paperwork in a timely manner and receiving police reports are just a few things an accident lawyer can dodo when representing a client.
In New York State, most accident claims must be filed within three years of the date the accident occurred or the accident victim forfeits their right to obtain compensation for damages (if they are eligible for compensation). That’s why the Syracuse car accident lawyers at William Mattar recommend contacting our firm shortly after you have suffered serious physical injuries as a pedestrian. In addition, we can visit the injured victim in the hospital or in their own home if they cannot come to our office. During a free, initial consultation, we can discuss the accident and determine if we can help you obtain adequate compensation for your damages.