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New York Collisions Involving Pedestrians Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over 4000 pedestrians are killed each year in the U.S. by cars, trucks and other types of motor vehicles. Compared to the number of accidents involving only vehicles, the number of accidents involving a pedestrian and a vehicle is relatively low. However, when a car, truck or bus hits a pedestrian, there is good chance that they pedestrian will be seriously injured or killed. Common injuries for pedestrian victims include a traumatic brain injury, broken or crushed bones, lacerations, internal injuries, a spinal cord injury, some other catastrophic injury. These types of injuries involve long recovery times, with the victim being unable to work for weeks or even months. However, under New York law victims of car accidents have the right to demand compensation from the person whose negligence resulted in the accident. If you are in need of a New York Injury Lawyer because you or a family member was injured in a pedestrian car accident it is important that you contact an experienced New York Collisions Involving Pedestrians Accidents Lawyer who will help ensure that the person responsible for your losses is held accountable. In addition, in the course of getting treatment for car accident injuries unfortunately in some cases the victim suffers further injuries at the hands of his or her doctor. If during the course of the treatment for your injuries your doctor commits medical malpractice, the party responsible for your car accident injuries may be required to compensate you for the medical malpractice injury as well.

Pedestrian rights

According to article 27 of New York Vehicle and Traffic Law pedestrians in crosswalks have the right of way, and pedestrians on sidewalks have the right of way. However, pedestrians must abide by traffic signals. Furthermore, pedestrians attempting to cross a road at a point other than at a crosswalk must yield to oncoming traffic.

Common causes of pedestrian accidents

While there are cases where a car hits a pedestrian the pedestrian was at fault, in most cases the fault lies with the drivers of motor vehicles. The top causes of such accidents include:

  • Drivers failing to yield to a pedestrian
  • Drivers failing to obey the posted speed limit
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving while impaired
  • Mechanical failure
Common injuries in pedestrian accidents

When a pedestrian is hit by a car, van, bus or truck, the result is often catastrophic for the pedestrian. There is nothing to protect a pedestrian from the force exerted by the vehicle. As a result pedestrian victims suffer serious injuries such as:

  • Traumatic brain injuries such as concussion and hematomas
  • Cuts, scrapes, and bruises
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Torn and sprained ligaments
  • Broken or crushed bones

Sadly, many people who are hit by cars are killed.

Pursuing a claim

Victims hit by cars suffer serious injuries and are often left in deep debt because of the substantial medical bills and the inability to work for an extended time period. However, holding the parties responsible for the accident will help alleviate financial stress caused by the accident. Through a personal injury lawsuit you may be able to recover damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, as well as pain and suffering. In special cases punitive damages may be available as well. If your loved one died in the accident, the decedent's personal representative may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim on behalf of his or her estate.

Beware that New York law has a specific time limit for filing a claim in a personal injury case. If you do not file your claim within the time period, you will be forever barred from collecting damages even if your case has merit.

New York Collisions Involving Pedestrians Accidents Lawyer

Pedestrian car accidents are complicated. It is not always easy to determine fault. It is important that someone with experience to review all evidence including police reports, witness statements, accident scene photos, and medical reports to determine the events leading up to the accident and to establish fault. If you were injured in a pedestrian car an accident it is critical that you contact an attorney who not only has experience handing car accidents, but is also familiar with the medical issues victims of such accidents experience. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your car accident.

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