Pedestrian Accidents Lawyers in New City, NY: Providing Legal Services to Injured Walkers and Joggers of New York
Thousands of pedestrians are killed in traffic accidents every year across the United States of America. Many of these accidents are the result of the driver of a car not seeing the pedestrian or spotting them too late. Statistically, New York has a higher number of pedestrian fatalities than most states. This is not necessarily because New York’s streets and sidewalks are more dangerous, but because New York has a higher population than most states and our cities commonly see pedestrians walking to and from work.
Not all pedestrian traffic accidents end in death, though. In many cases, victims are left with injuries, some of them catastrophic and life-altering.
If you or a loved one were involved in an accident, you should immediately seek medical attention. Even if you think you were not gravely injured, please speak with a doctor. Some injuries are not readily apparent from the start and, in order to protect your claim, it is important that you do not tell other responsible parties that all is well when you do not know that for a fact.
After you’ve been examined by medical professionals, contact our law firm to speak with attorneys experienced in helping clients through the legal process of pedestrian accident claims. Our law firm offers a free case evaluation to help you determine the correct course of action for you and your claim.
Do Bicyclists Count as Pedestrians in New York?
The answer to whether cyclists count as pedestrians or motorists varies widely across the country. In some states, bikers are seen as pedestrians. In other states, bicyclists are treated the same as drivers of cars and trucks. And still, other locations differ as to how they view bicycles depending on whether the bike is on the street or on the sidewalk.
In New York, bicycles are held to the same rights, duties, and responsibilities as motor vehicles on the road. In other words, no, they are not seen as pedestrians.
Despite this, in some instances, bicycles are encouraged to take certain routes or lanes that other vehicles would not take.
What are Common Types of Injuries Seen in a Pedestrian Accident?
The type of settlement that you may hope to receive can depend on how grave your injuries are and whether the drivers who hit you stayed to help or fled the scene.
Common serious injuries suffered in pedestrian accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Emotional distress and anguish
- Lacerations, bruises, scars, and internal bleeding
- Loss of fetus
- Loss of limbs
- Neck and back injuries
- Organ tissue damage
- Permanent or temporary paralysis
- Spinal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
New York commonly sees tens of thousands of pedestrian accidents a year, with the vast majority of such accidents leaving the pedestrians injured. On average, the state sees over 250 pedestrian accidents resulting in fatalities.
Whether your case relates to a serious injury or a wrongful death claim, our lawyers would be proud to assist you as you seek to recover compensation for your suffering.
What are the Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
New York law states that both drivers and pedestrians have certain responsibilities to each other on the roads. This can occasionally make it challenging to determine fault for an accident. To better understand your potential liability, please contact our lawyers and we will discuss your case in more detail.
Typically, most pedestrian accidents are the result of driver negligence, such as ignoring the rules of the road or driving in a reckless manner. Other reasons for accidents between cars and pedestrians may be the result of drivers speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, texting while driving, speeding through intersections, or swerving dangerously onto sidewalks. Parking lot accidents are also common, as pedestrians may move in and out of a driver’s blind spots.
Sometimes even when the facts seem apparent and the story is easy to understand, victims may yet find themselves in contested negotiations with other parties and unable to get their insurance companies to budge. In such instances, it is vitally important that you hire legal representatives who understand the complexities of these types of cases and the relevant state laws. Call us to schedule a free consultation with our legal team for guidance.
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If you’ve been hurt in an accident, then chances are you are struggling to recover from your injuries while simultaneously seeking compensation and defending your side of the story. This is too much to ask of anybody. If you hire the New City injury attorneys of Greenspan & Greenspan, it will become our duty to communicate with the insurance companies, engage in settlement negotiations, and gather evidence to support your case. Your responsibility is to get better, to heal. Let us take on the heavier burdens of your case.
While we have law offices in White Plains and New City, NY, we proudly provide legal services to clients across the state of New York.
Do not wait to file a claim or determine whether you have a case. There is a statute of limitations on accidents such as these and you do not want to miss your chance to recover compensation.
Please contact our law firm through our website or by calling us on the phone at (845) 422-8060. We will connect you with our legal staff and can schedule a free case evaluation for legal advice on how to proceed with your claim.