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Attorneys Help Victims Avoid Roadblocks in a Hit-and-Run Accident

Q: What should I do if I can't obtain an accident report from my pedestrian accident?

In New York, automobile accidents are common. In most cases, the parties involved stay at the scene, exchange information, and await the arrival of the authorities. Sometimes however, one party - - usually the one at fault - - may flee the scene leaving dead victims or people with personal injuries behind. When you've been injured by the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of someone else, you may commence a personal injury action to recover the damages you sustained as a result of the accident. While each case is different, damages generally include current and future lost income, medical expenses related to the accident, anticipated future rehabilitation costs or medical expenses, pain and suffering, property damage, and more. But it isn't enough to suffer serious injuries. You must be able to prove that the other person caused those injuries. In the case of a hit-and-run accident, the victim begins at a point of disadvantage. First, the victim may be hospitalized for those serious injuries. She may or may not have --or be able to relay to the police-- any helpful information about the driver that hit her. Were there witnesses to the accident? Was there a police report? Was there an investigation? In any automobile accident, but particularly a hit-and-run situation, time is the enemy of the victim. If an investigation is not handled promptly and appropriately, important evidence to help prove the victims case might be lost forever. These are just some of the reasons why it's important for anyone who is seriously injured in an accident to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Doing so will enable you to have an advocate on your side who will fight for your rights and attempt to maximize your recovery. Your attorney will be able to access important reports, including police reports, and will reconstruct the accident and interview any necessary parties before they forget important details or disappear. One case that illustrates the importance of hiring a personal injury attorney immediately after an accident is the case of a Fordham University student who was struck by a minivan in mid-December while crossing the street. She was "sent skidding dozens of feet along the road" as her sister and friends looked on and she suffered extensive injuries, including a fractured pelvis in seven places. Since the victim was in ICU, her stepfather reportedly reached out later that day to the local police to get a copy of the police report from the accident, where witnesses reportedly took photos of the license plate of the hit-and-run driver. The step-dad alleges that the police initially denied a record of any accident and then refused to give any details claiming only the victim herself could get information. Frustrated with an apparent run around, the man says he sought and viewed video surveillance tapes from nearby businesses and had a judge friend intervene to get some answers. Thereafter, a police report did materialize, but it was reportedly written "as if the driver remained on the scene" and it curiously contained summaries from the victim--who the step-dad and sister claim never spoke to the police. The mystery continued as the stepfather learned that the driver of the minivan reportedly called "called 911, said he was worried for his safety, drove off and then returned to the accident". He was not charged with leaving the scene. The step-dad's time-consuming investigation continues. When a loved one is seriously injured, you should be able to focus your attention on their recovery rather than on attempting to conduct your own investigation and navigating potential or actual road blocks to the truth. A personal injury attorney can take that burden from your shoulders so you can focus on your loved one. If you or a loved one has been injured in any kind of accident that was not your fault, the personal injury attorneys at Jaroslawicz & Jaros can help. Call us for a free consultation at 212-227-2780.  From our Manhattan offices, we've been representing clients throughout New York and nationwide for over 40 years

New York City Rallies Against One Pedestrian Death Per Day Average

Q: How many pedestrians die each day in accidents in New York City? On average one New York pedestrian gets killed by a vehicle almost every day? Something must be done. And that is the sentiment that led to a November rally in City Hall Park of parents, families, and friends who've suffered the tragic loss of a child due to pedestrian accidents. In addition to the daily fatalities, there are countless other car accidents that leave pedestrians with devastating personal injuries. When pedestrians are seriously injured by the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of another, they may commence a personal injury action to recover compensatory damages over and above the "no-fault" insurance maximum benefits. They can recover for the medical bills associated with the accident, anticipated future medical and therapeutic costs, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. The amounts and types of damages vary depending on the particular circumstances of each case, so it is important to seek counsel from an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident and before accepting any settlement offer from an insurance company. When somebody is killed as a result of an accident, their close relatives may be entitled to sue for funeral expenses, medical bills, lost support, and other damages through a wrongful death lawsuit. A personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit can't turn back the clock, but any recovery can assist the victim or their family with the financial burdens that result from the accident. One mother attended the November rally in support of her son who was killed this summer just weeks after graduating and moving to New York City to follow his dreams. If your loved one has been killed or injured in a pedestrian accident with motor vehicle, the Manhattan firm of Jaroslawicz & Jaros can offer compassionate help and maximize your recovery while you focus on your grief. We've been serving clients throughout New York, as well as those injured while visiting New York, for over 40 years. For a free consultation contact us at 212.227.2780 or email us at ajaros@lawjaros.com.

New York City Rallies Against One Pedestrian Death Per Day Average

Q: How many pedestrians die each day in accidents in New York City?

On average one New York pedestrian gets killed by a vehicle almost every day? Something must be done. And that is the sentiment that led to a November rally in City Hall Park of parents, families, and friends who've suffered the tragic loss of a child due to pedestrian accidents. In addition to the daily fatalities, there are countless other car accidents that leave pedestrians with devastating personal injuries. When pedestrians are seriously injured by the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of another, they may commence a personal injury action to recover compensatory damages over and above the "no-fault" insurance maximum benefits. They can recover for the medical bills associated with the accident, anticipated future medical and therapeutic costs, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. The amounts and types of damages vary depending on the particular circumstances of each case, so it is important to seek counsel from an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident and before accepting any settlement offer from an insurance company. When somebody is killed as a result of an accident, their close relatives may be entitled to sue for funeral expenses, medical bills, lost support, and other damages through a wrongful death lawsuit. A personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit can't turn back the clock, but any recovery can assist the victim or their family with the financial burdens that result from the accident. One mother attended the November rally in support of her son who was killed this summer just weeks after graduating and moving to New York City to follow his dreams. If your loved one has been killed or injured in a pedestrian accident with a motor vehicle, the Manhattan firm of Jaroslawicz & Jaros can offer compassionate help and maximize your recovery while you focus on your grief. We've been serving clients throughout New York, as well as those injured while visiting New York, for over 40 years. Contact us at 800-269-2780 for a free consultation.

Pedestrian Hit and Dragged Through New York City

Pedestrian Hit and Dragged Through New York City Q: What compensation is a pedestrian entitled to recover after an accident with a motor vehicle? The city that never sleeps, not surprisingly, sees a high volume of pedestrian accidents--and approximately 2% of such accidents are fatal. On average, there is one fatal pedestrian accident per day in NYC. The combination of a high volume of cars, buses, taxis, cyclists, pedestrians, and distracted tourists is a perfect storm for motor vehicle accidents and resulting personal injuries or fatalities. On the morning of October 30, 2016, a motorist in a minivan reportedly hit a 60 year-old woman near the entrance to the Midtown Tunnel in Manhattan and continued driving thereafter, dragging the woman along for about a city block before she finally became dislodged from the vehicle. At one point, a man believed to be the hit-and-run driver, driving against traffic, was captured on video footage apparently stopping to calmly remove two orange cones blocking his path and then getting back in and continuing his escape. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital with a serious leg injury and other bodily injuries and was listed in critical condition. What can a victim of an accident in New York City recover? Because New York is a "no-fault" state, regardless of who was at fault in an accident, the insurance company covering the car that caused the accident will generally pay up to the first $50,000 in legitimate economic losses, which includes such easy-to-calculate items as ambulance charges, medical bills, lost income during recovery, and costs for household services the victim can't perform. A victim can also sue the driver at fault for intangible, non-economic losses like pain and suffering and losses over the $50,000 "no-fault" threshold. However, it's important to assess the extent, if any, to which the pedestrian was at fault in the accident. Never give a statement to or accept a settlement from another insurance company or even your own insurance company, without first consulting a personal injury attorney. They are in the business to get you to accept less than you may be entitled to and may use your statements against you. A skilled attorney can evaluate your case and conduct an independent investigation and advise you as to how to maximize the amount of your recovery so you can get your life back. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a pedestrian accident or any other accident that was not your fault, contact the New York City Law firm of Jaroslawicz & Jaros at 800.269.2780 for a free consultation. We've been serving clients throughout New York, as well as those injured while visiting New York, for over 35 years.

5 Tips for Driving in New York City's Heavy Traffic - Injury Attorney Insights

New York City has a lot of claims to fame. From Broadway to Ground Zero, there are countless ways for locals and tourists to enjoy their time in the Big Apple. Unfortunately, all these attractions - not to mention the city's dense population of 8.4 million - create hectic traffic situations.

New York City Pedestrian Injured by Flying Buzz Saw

Falling and flying objects are far too common occurrences at construction sites. In many cities across the U.S., construction sites are separated and partitioned off from the public. In New York City, a pedestrian could walk directly under or next to a number of construction sites just on their way to work. Case in point, the New York Police Department reported yesterday morning that a woman was injured when a buzz saw flew at her from a road construction site. The buzz saw flew 100 feet before hitting a tree and then striking the woman's leg. Thankfully, her injuries were not severe. The construction company responsible was contracted by the city of New York to fix a water main break below 48th Street and Ninth Avenue. The accident is currently under investigation. These types of accidents have been deemed "struck by" accidents by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA requires all construction workers to wear safety equipment such as hard hats and safety googles to protect against falling and flying objects, however, there are no such protections for pedestrians. To avoid accidents such as the one that happened in Manhattan yesterday morning, construction crews must frequently inspect saws and other power tools to ensure that machinery protective guards are working properly. Construction crews that operate machinery should also be thoroughly trained in safe operation of those devices. Pedestrians and construction workers alike should be protected against injuries from falling and flying objects at construction sites. If you were injured in this type of accident, whether as a worker or a bystander, please contact a New York City personal injury attorney at Jaroslawicz & Jaros, PLLC today. We can provide you with a free legal consultation to inform you of your legal rights and options.

Pedestrian Accidents Still a Problem in New York City

New York City is filled with pedestrians and bicyclists. Residents rely upon alternate means of transportation simply because it makes getting around that much easier when traffic is backed up. Even though the city has made improvements to pedestrian and cyclist safety, many of these people know that they need to remain alert to avoid potential bicycle or pedestrian accidents. Those pedestrians or cyclists involved in collisions with motor vehicles will often be the ones absorbing the full impact of the crash, leading to serious injuries. A recent study by the University of Michigan examined pedestrian accidents in New York City and Los Angeles. The study found that over half of all fatal crashes within New York City involved a cyclist or pedestrian, which was significantly higher than the number of fatal crashes outstate. While officials have tried to reduce the number of these accidents that are occurring, serious problems still remain. Many intersections were not designed for heavy pedestrian or bicycle traffic, and may place these individuals at risk. Pedestrians and cyclists in the city can follow some basic tips to stay safe. Cross only in designated crossing areas, as drivers may not expect to see people in unmarked locations. If at an intersection, try to make eye contact with the cars around so that these motorists are aware that you are about to cross. Cyclists should pay special attention to the vehicles around them, even when in dedicated bike lanes. Often, motorists will open doors or make turns that require a cyclist to make a sudden move to avoid an accident. Do not ride on sidewalks, as collisions with pedestrians can result in serious injuries to both parties. Always wear a helmet. Even the safest individuals can find themselves in an accident. In an accident happens, you may feel like you are the one who is being blamed, even though it was the motorist's fault. If you have been injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, speak to an experienced personal injury attorney in New York City about your potential case. Many of these accidents result in serious injuries for the victim, and it can take some time before getting back to normal. Even after the injuries heal, extensive rehabilitation may be required. All of these expenses can quickly add up. If you have been away from work while you recover, this can make it extremely difficult to make ends meet. If another person caused your injuries, you may be eligible for compensation. This can include not only medical expenses that you have that are connected to the accident, but also for property damages and missed wages.

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