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Pedestrian Accidents on Long Island: Know Your Rights

Pedestrian Accidents on Long Island

Pedestrian accidents on Long Island can happen unexpectedly and often have serious consequences. If you find yourself in this situation, you need to know the right steps to take. Injuries from a pedestrian accident can range from minor to severe and the emotional and financial toll can be significant. Knowing your rights and the actions to take following an accident ensures that you are prepared to handle the situation effectively.

Immediate Steps After a Pedestrian Accident

When you are involved in a pedestrian accident, your immediate concern should be your health and safety. If you are injured, seek medical attention right away. Even if you feel fine, some injuries, like concussions or internal injuries, might not be immediately apparent. Getting a medical evaluation provides a record of your injuries, which can be crucial for any legal action.

Next, it is important to report the accident. Contact the police and ensure an official accident report is filed. This report is a key piece of evidence in any legal proceedings. It contains details about the accident such as the time, location, and statements from those involved and any witnesses. Remember, this report can significantly impact any future insurance claims or lawsuits.

Gathering Essential Information

At the scene of the accident, if you are able, gather as much information as possible. Take photos or video of the accident scene, including any street signs or traffic signals. If there are witnesses, get their contact information as their accounts might be invaluable later on. Also, exchange information with any involved parties including the driver. Get their name, contact details, and insurance information, but avoid discussing the accident details or admitting any fault.

Collecting evidence at the scene can make a significant difference in your case. Detailed photos and witness statements help us, your attorneys, to build a stronger case on your behalf. It ensures that all aspects of the accident are clearly documented and can be used to support your claims.

Understanding Legal Rights and Obligations

New York has specific laws designed to protect pedestrians, and understanding these can help you navigate the aftermath of an accident. However, be cautious in your communications following the accident. Avoid making statements that could be construed as an admission of fault. Such statements can be used against you in legal proceedings.

As experienced attorneys, we can guide you through the complexities of pedestrian laws in New York. Our knowledge can help ensure that your rights are protected and that you do not inadvertently harm your case. Remember, what you say and do after an accident can significantly affect the outcome of any legal action.

Insurance, Settlements and Litigation

Dealing with insurance companies after a pedestrian accident can be challenging. Insurance companies might try to minimize your claim or deny it altogether. It is important to understand how to navigate these claims and the potential pitfalls. Be cautious in your communications with insurance representatives and avoid agreeing to any settlements without legal advice.

Our attorneys have extensive experience dealing with insurance companies. We can negotiate on your behalf and fight for the compensation you deserve. Many cases settle, but not all. Each situation is different, each insurance company is different. We have experience with nearly all and understand what it takes to pursue your claim.

If we are unable to settle, we are prepared to move forward with litigation and hold them accountable. Knowing this, some insurance companies may be more eager to settle, where other firms do not have a reputation as litigators. Leverage our experience and reputation to your benefit, increasing the changes you can receive fair and just compensation for your injuries and losses.

Contact the Law Office of Frank J. Cassisi, P.C. to Discuss Your Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit

If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident on Long Island, it is important to take the right steps to protect your rights and interests. Contact the Law Office of Frank J. Cassisi, P.C. for assistance. Our experienced attorneys are ready to provide you with the legal support you need.

Call (516) 294 5050 to speak with an attorney and discuss your case. We can help you understand your options and guide you through the process of seeking compensation for your injuries. Remember, you do not have to navigate this challenging time alone. Let our attorneys be your advocates and help you achieve the best possible outcome.

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