(PRWEB) May 11, 2015
The personal injury firm of JOEL J. TURNEY, LLC., has launched a new local NYC website dedicated to representing injured pedestrians involved pedestrian-motor vehicle related accidents.
Unfortunately in NYC, pedestrians struck by motor vehicles – cars, trucks, or buses are likely to suffer serious injuries and often times tragic consequences. Since 2000, pedestrian motor vehicle related accidents have killed more than 2,291 pedestrians in NYC. Most City planning is devoted to motor vehicle and cyclists, but little is done to protect pedestrians, despite the fact that the majority NYC transportation is on foot.
Joel J. Turney, Esq., has commented on several issues facing pedestrians involved in accidents with vehicles. “The majority of pedestrian motor vehicle accidents in NYC is at intersections with turning traffic. Reconfiguration of traffic lights to employ the “Barnes Dance” (named after traffic Engineer Henry Barnes), would go a long way to protect pedestrians. This method of traffic coordination is employed in other Cities that prevents traffic from turning while pedestrians are crossing. Motor vehicle – pedestrian related accidents commonly involve serious fractures with permanent consequences. The motor vehicle – pedestrian accident may also lead to the pedestrian losing the ability to participate in activities they previously enjoyed and loss of time from work. There are many distractions when operating a vehicle in New York City, but there is no excuse for not seeing and yielding to a pedestrian. When injured in a pedestrian – car accident it is critical to obtain qualified experienced legal representation.”
After a car-pedestrian accident, you need to know your rights. There are two separate and distinct claims. The first is a No-Fault claim, which provides coverage for necessary medical treatment and compensation for a portion of lost earnings, regardless of who is at fault in the pedestrian motor vehicle accident. The second is a Bodily Injury claim based upon (1) proving a degree of fault as against the operator of the motor vehicle; and (2) a qualified serious injury sustained by the pedestrian.
When involved in a NYC pedestrian – car accident, it is critical to make sure proper information is documented at the scene of the accident. NYC Police response will insure that the owner, operator and insurance of the vehicle is identified, as well as documentation of the respective versions of the accident. If hospital treatment is required, the ambulance should respond as well. Only a short version of the accident should be reported. All witnesses to the accident should be identified for later contact.
Often pedestrians in NYC motor vehicle related accidents do not immediately think about taking legal action in the first hours and days after the accident. Instead, the primary focus as it naturally should be is upon initial treatment of injuries and obtaining proper medical diagnosis.
However, the time is limited in which to file for No-Fault benefits, which is primary over all other forms of coverage for necessary medical treatment arising from the pedestrian-car accident. A No-Fault application in a pedestrian motor vehicle accident must be filed within thirty (30) days of the accident with the insurance company for the vehicle that was in contact with the pedestrian. All medical bills must be submitted within forty-five (45) days of given treatment.
The firm of JOEL J. TURNEY, LLC., works on a strict contingency basis. In other words there is no fee unless you obtain financial compensation. The firm prides itself in achieving the maximum recovery possible under the circumstances of the given case.
For more information, please call 212-840-7000 or select the link to our website http://www.pedestrian-accident-lawyer.nyc for more information.
In our area of practice all consultations are free and there is never a charge to get all the necessary information that you need to make sure your rights are protected.