NYC Pedestrian Accident FAQ
Honest answers from Bronx pedestrian accident lawyers
Pedestrian accidents in New York City can be chaotic. Traffic everywhere. Cars crashing into each other. Frantic trips to the emergency room. It’s no wonder people injured in pedestrian accidents don’t know what to do afterwards. That’s why injury victims often call our law firm to get straight answers to their complicated questions.
Giampa Law has been dealing with pedestrian accidents for decades. That’s why we have such a strong track record of success. We have the experience injury victims need to get results. In one case in particular, we secured a $1.5 million verdict for a pedestrian accident injury victim in Bronx County.
Find out what we can do for you. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation. Best of all, you only pay us if we win your case. It’s that simple.
What is your question?
Every pedestrian accident is unique. The same is true of your question. So even if you see your question listed below, remember that we’ve provided these answers for informational purposes, not as legal advice. We encourage you to call our law firm and make sure you have all the information you need to make smart, legal decisions.
- What should I do if I’m injured in a pedestrian accident in New York City?
- What if the driver who caused my pedestrian accident drove away?
- Who investigates pedestrian accidents in NYC?
- Should I talk to the driver’s insurance company after my pedestrian accident?
- Should I accept a settlement offer for my pedestrian accident?
- How much is my NYC pedestrian accident worth?
- How can a lawyer help me with my pedestrian accident?
- Why should I hire Giampa Law to handle my pedestrian accident?
What should I do if I’m injured in a pedestrian accident in New York City?
We strongly urge you to take the following steps if you’re healthy and you can physically do so after your accident:
- Call the New York City Police Department and ask them to respond to your pedestrian accident.
- Ask the police to send emergency medical care to examine you, even if you feel fine.
- Talk to witnesses who saw your accident and their full name, address and phone number.
- Get the full name, address, phone number and insurance information from the driver who hit you.
- Take photographs of your accident scene.
- If you have auto insurance, notify your insurance company that you were involved in an accident as a pedestrian.
- Contact our law firm. We can take care of everything for you.
What if the driver who caused my pedestrian accident drove away?
Call the police immediately and tell them you’ve been in a pedestrian hit-and-run accident. Also, try to get as much information as you can about the driver and the car that hit you. Try to remember details about the car (its make, color, etc.) and what direction the car was driving. Also, talk to anyone who saw your accident and get their full name, address and phone number.
If you have auto insurance, you should then contact your insurance company as soon as possible and tell them you have been in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident. But keep your comments to a minimum. Anything you say could be used to deny or reduce your insurance claim. Let us deal with your insurance company on your behalf. We have years of experience dealing with insurance companies and know how to get results.
Who investigates pedestrian accidents in NYC?
The New York City Police Department investigates pedestrian accidents in the city. But just because they’re investigating your accident does not guarantee that you will receive the compensation you deserve for your accident. The NYPD is focused on determining who caused your accident, not whether you’re fairly compensated. That’s why you need us on your side, fighting for your rights every step of the way.
Should I talk to the driver’s insurance company after my pedestrian accident?
No. Don’t say anything to the driver’s insurance company. Anything you say to the insurance company could be used by them to reduce or deny your claim. Even seemingly simple questions might be trick questions designed to get you to say something that they could use against you. Don’t fall for their traps. Contact our law firm, and tell the insurance that you’ve retained an attorney. We know how to negotiate with insurance companies and win.
Should I accept a settlement offer for my pedestrian accident?
It’s always wise to review any settlement offer with an attorney before you agree to accept any financial compensation for your pedestrian accident. What might seem like a reasonable offer could turn out to be far less than the true cost of your accident. And once you’ve taken the insurance company’s money, that’s it. You only have one opportunity to be fairly compensated.
That’s why it’s critical that you speak with someone to determine if the offer on the table is reasonable. That’s why we want to meet with you. If we believe your settlement offer is reasonable, we’ll tell you. If not, we can aggressively negotiate for more money on your behalf.
How much is my NYC pedestrian accident worth?
There is no set dollar amount. Every accident is different. Some are worth a few thousand dollars. Others could be worth millions of dollars. The difference can often depend on how well your case is presented to a jury in court. That’s why it’s critical that you contact our law firm as soon as possible to discuss the details of your accident. We know how to investigate pedestrian accidents and find the facts you need to build a strong legal case.
How can a lawyer help me with my pedestrian accident?
Dealing with insurance companies on your own after an accident can be extremely challenging. They’re used to handling accidents every single day, and their attorneys know the law inside and out. Having a lawyer on your side looking out for your best interests levels the playing field. Instead of insurance companies taking advantage of you, you can demand the compensation you need and deserve after your accident.
Why should I hire Giampa Law to handle my pedestrian accident?
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident in New York City, you want a New York City lawyer that knows how the system works and knows how to get results. Our Bronx-based attorneys at Giampa Law have decades of experience handling accidents that result in serious injuries to pedestrians in the Bronx and beyond.
Most important, we will put your best interests first as your attorney. That starts with your very first case evaluation. We’ll take the time to listen and learn about your accident. And we’ll keep you informed every step of the way. You’re more than just a client to us. You’re family.