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Unfortunately, being a pedestrian in New York City can be dangerous. According to the New York City Department of Transportation, nearly half of all traffic fatalities involve a pedestrian (which includes bicyclists, runners, skateboarders, and rollerbladers). 

While pedestrian accidents at intersections are common in New York, injuries can also occur in parking lots, when a person is exiting a bus or taxi, on the side of the road while a pedestrian is jogging or walking, and on streets that do not have an obviously marked crosswalk.

If you or a close family member has sustained serious injuries as a pedestrian, an experienced New York City pedestrian accident attorney can help you understand your rights and the process of recovering compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. New York imposes a strict statute of limitations to file a pedestrian accident claim. To speak with a skilled New York pedestrian accident lawyer today, call 212.869.3500 or request a free lawyer consultation by completing the form below.

Common Types Of Pedestrian Accident Injuries

Sadly, death is the most serious outcome of a crash between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian. A recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Administration indicates that nearly 6,000 pedestrians are fatally injured across the United States each year. The numbers continue to rise every year, largely attributed to distracted driving or a driver’s lack of attention.

Instead of focusing on driving, a negligent driver may be engaged in other activities such as texting, talking on a smartphone, eating or changing the radio station. Accidents can also happen when drivers fail to stop at a traffic device or look for pedestrians in a crosswalk. Sometimes the behavior of a driver who strikes a pedestrian is especially egregious. Speeding, drunk driving, and attempting to pass a school bus when the bus driver has the stop sign extended are common examples.

The most common types of pedestrian accident injuries include:

Amputation: The force of a vehicle weighing thousands of pounds striking a person with no protection whatsoever can cause an individual to lose an arm, leg, hand or foot. Another common cause of amputation is when part of the pedestrian’s body becomes trapped underneath a vehicle.

Broken Bones: This is the most common type of injury suffered by pedestrians. The impact of the crash causes a break in the bone’s continuity. A pedestrian can suffer more than one broken bone that requires extensive care and healing time.

Emotional Trauma: Even if you did not suffer significant physical injuries, the trauma of a car striking you can make it difficult to carry on with your everyday life. You may suffer from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or other emotional disorders.

Fractures: A bone can fracture when a force pushes against it that is greater than the strength of the bone. It can be just as painful as a broken bone and actually take longer to heal.
Injury of extremities: A pedestrian may suffer deep lacerations, bruising, burns and other painful injuries to a hand, arm, foot or leg.

Soft Tissue Injuries: This includes injuries such as sprains, strains, bruises, dislocations, tears and lacerations. These injuries can cause lifelong scarring or disfigurement that can lead to severe emotional stress. They are also painful during the recovery period.

Spinal cord injuries: A sudden and dramatic blow to the spinal cord can cause it to fracture or cause the dislocation of vertebrae. The spinal cord transmits signals to the brain to perform everything from simple to complex actions. This means that even a slight change can have a significant impact.

Traumatic Brain Injuries: A violent jolt to the head disrupts the brain’s outer protective layers as well as its cellular activities. Like spinal cord injuries, it sometimes only takes a slight blow to cause long-term problems such as difficulty with walking and balance, headaches, problems regulating emotions, and difficulty thinking and concentrating.

When you have experienced injuries this severe, a pedestrian accident lawyer New York can help you recover the financial compensation you need and deserve.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents In New York City

Crashes between a pedestrian and a vehicle in a crosswalk are common. The pedestrian legally has the right of way, which many motorists fail to respect. Another common type of pedestrian accident is the back-over, or parking lot accident. These accidents occur when other cars or shoppers block a driver’s view and the driver backs over someone walking behind the vehicle.

A pedestrian accident can also occur when a driver loses control of the vehicle and strikes someone on foot or on a bicycle. This can result in a pedestrian being sideswiped in the same way an out-of-control vehicle would strike another car. However, the consequences for pedestrians are far more severe because the car often runs them over. This type of pedestrian accident is also the most likely to result in a hit-and-run situation. The driver panics when seeing the degree of injury and leaves the scene rather than stopping to render aid.

Proving Fault After A Serious Pedestrian Injury

If you intend to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who struck you, the burden of proof is on you to show that the individual is at fault. A pedestrian accident lawyer NYC will help you gather the official police report, witness statements, medical records and other pieces of evidence that will help to prove your claim to a jury. At Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm, we also work with accident forensic scientists, accident reconstruction specialists, medical specialists and other professionals who can demonstrate that the accident happened how you said it did.

New York Laws to Protect Pedestrians Injured by Vehicles

New York has established laws that govern the behavior or motorists and pedestrians to avoid crashes. These include:

  • Pedestrians must obey all traffic signals and only cross the street when instructed to do so. This means avoiding leaving a curb suddenly or walking directly in the path of oncoming traffic. They also need to yield to drivers when a don’t walk sign flashes, although they can complete their walk across an intersection if it started when the walk sign was on.
  • Motorists are expected to exercise proper care to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
  • Drivers should yield to pedestrians in crosswalks when no traffic lights are present.
  • They should also do this when the green walk sign is lit.
  • Drivers should not pass other vehicles at crosswalks.
  • Pedestrians should not enter any restricted areas.

Accidents can still happen even when you obey all the rules. If you’re injured due to the negligence of a driver, you have three years from the date of the accident to contact a pedestrian accident lawyer New York and initiate a lawsuit.

Our New York City Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Can Help

If you or a loved one was struck by a vehicle while walking, running or biking, the experienced pedestrian accident attorneys at the Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm’s in New York City can advise you about your rights and your options for moving forward. We have injured pedestrians on cases involving:

  • Adults and children who were hit by a car while crossing the street
  • Head trauma and brain injury
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Damage to the spinal cord
  • Soft tissue injuries and internal bleeding
  • Wrongful death and vehicular manslaughter
  • Bicyclists who were injured in Manhattan, Brooklyn or elsewhere

To speak with an experienced pedestrian accident attorney today, call212.869.3500 or complete the free consultation form below. We serve individuals and families of those injured in all five boroughs of New York City, and throughout the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Let our family help yours.

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