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March 7, 2021

Long Island Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

When you have been seriously injured after being struck by a car and aren’t sure where to turn, contact a qualified pedestrian accident lawyer on Long Island.

The aftermath of a pedestrian accident can be catastrophic. Not only are you dealing with the physical injuries you suffered, but the emotional and financial burden can take a toll. Fortunately, by pursuing a civil claim, you could hold the liable party accountable for their negligence and obtain maximum compensation for your losses.

Your experienced Long Island pedestrian accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Dennis Smith, PLLC will do everything possible to get the most out of your personal injury claim. We’ll establish fault, gather evidence to support your case, handle the insurance company, and calculate the value of your claim to ensure you have the means to get through this difficult time in your life. 

Shared Fault Laws for Long Island Pedestrian Accidents

A common defense used by liable parties on Long Island pedestrian accidents is trying to blame the victim for causing the accident. Despite the fact that New York’s pure comparative fault laws state that those who share fault can still be awarded compensation for their losses, the at-fault party can get out of fully compensating you by placing fault on you for the accident. 

This is because your award will be reduced by your portion of fault. For example, let’s say you failed to use a crosswalk when crossing the street and were subsequently hit by a drunk driver. The judge may find that you are 10 percent at fault for your injuries and your award would be reduced by 10 percent.

Your lawyer will ensure that if you are partially liable for the accident, that the liable party isn’t able to place more blame on you than is appropriate. 

Who Is Responsible for Your Long Island Pedestrian Accident Injuries?

Arguably the most important aspect of any Long Island pedestrian accident claim is the establishment of fault. Your lawyer will need to thoroughly investigate the accident to determine who is responsible for causing your injuries. Although it’s easy to assume the driver of the vehicle that struck you is liable for your injuries, this isn’t always the case. 

If the driver is liable, they could have been drunk, drugged, distracted, drowsy, or simply driving recklessly by speeding, failing to stop at traffic lights, or engaging in other unsafe driving practices. 

But if the vehicle malfunctioned, or the roads prevented them from driving safely, then other parties such as vehicle parts manufacturers, automakers, technicians, or the New York State Department of Transportation could be culpable. 

Get Help from a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer on Long Island

For more information about how a respected Long Island pedestrian accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Dennis Smith, PLLC could assist with your claim, schedule a free consultation. You can reach us by phone at 212-835-1699 or through the brief contact form included at the bottom of this page.

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