Steven Schwartzapfel, Top Pedestrian Accident Attorney in New York Explains What to Do: Video
New York personal injury attorney, Steven Schwartzapfel, explains what to do if you are involved in a pedestrian accident in New York.
My name is Steve Schwartzapfel. I represent people that have been injured. When somebody else broke the rules, I seek to go ahead and hold that person accountable.
If you or a family member were seriously injured while crossing the street and hit by a car, truck, bus or taxi, it’s important that you take immediate action. In this day and age of surveillance, of cameras being on most corners, it’s imperative that you act immediately to secure the evidence. Often the vehicle that hit the person keeps going. We’ve been successful because we get our investigators — experienced ex-police officers, accident investigation squad officers — begin an investigation immediately to determine the cause and who is responsible.
Simply because a vehicle left the scene of an accident does not mean that you can’t recover the money and benefits you’re entitled to. In New York, there is uninsured motorist coverage that may help and provide coverage for you. In the event you live in a household with a motor vehicle, you would be covered as long as there was a police report within 24 hours or as reasonably as practical. In the event you had no insurance whatsoever and we cannot find the vehicle who hit you, we file what is called an MVAIC — motor vehicle accident identification corp. To help you get the money and benefits you’re entitled to, the key is to secure the evidence. In the event you do know the identity, take photos — take pictures. If the police comes, or when they come, do not admit fault.
Insurance companies often claim that you walked into the vehicle, or the person was drunk. Well, there’s no law and it’s not illegal to be walking while you’ve had a few drinks. It’s not open season so that they can drive like they’re a horse in Central Park with blinders on. They have an obligation to keep a look out — to make timely use of the steering mechanism, the horn and brakes. If they hit you and you’re in that roadway, it’s not any excuse for that to occur.
So please, let me help you. Let me make the most difficult situation easier. Call me.