New York is a no-fault insurance state, meaning all drivers must carry at least $50,000 in no-fault coverage. If a pedestrian were hit by a car, the driver’s no-fault insurance should cover the first $50,000 of medical expenses and lost earnings. However, more compensation may be available for serious and fatal accidents, but legal representation will be necessary to get the full amount you deserve. Even if the driver’s insurance company offers you compensation, it will likely be less than your claim is worth. An experienced pedestrian accident attorney will help you determine how much you should be compensated. Our car accident attorneys at Halperin, Halperin & Weiskopf, PLLC. will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
The most common damages, for serious pedestrian accidents, include:
- Past and future lost wages: If you are unable to work after a pedestrian accident or are limited in your mobility or capacity, you may be eligible for compensation to cover any past or future wages that you might have lost as a result of your injuries.
- Medical expenses: Serious accidents can result in expensive medical bills. You may be eligible for compensation to cover these costs.
- Pain and suffering: If you were a victim of a pedestrian accident, you could be compensated for any pain and suffering experienced during or after an accident, in addition to financial costs.
- Punitive damages: In some instances, punitive damages may be awarded to the plaintiff, in addition to the compensation listed above; this discourages the offender from causing a future accident. One situation that may justify punitive damages is a pedestrian accident involving a drunk driver.
- Loss of financial support or parental guidance: You may be compensated if a pedestrian accident results in the death of a parent or head-of-household.