NEW YORK PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT LAWYERS WITH 50 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
Whether you were injured in a direct pedestrian-vehicle accident or sideswiped as a result of other vehicles colliding, our team will fight on your behalf to ensure you receive compensation for your injuries.
WHY HIRE SPAR & BERNSTEIN FOR PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS?
Our success stories include:
- Compensation of $3.4 million for a pedestrian accident that resulted in wrongful death
- Compensation of $1.5 million for a pedestrian accident that resulted in injuries
NEW YORK PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT LAWS
New York traffic rules, documented by the New York City Department of Transportation, define regulations regarding signals, speed, parking, stopping, motor vehicles and pedestrian behavior on the road.
The New York no-fault law states that under your auto insurance policy, you are eligible to receive compensation of up to $50,000 for medical care, lost income and other injury-related costs, regardless of who caused the accident.
As per the New York contributory negligence law, if you are partially at fault for a pedestrian accident, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of your fault.
This law states that there are no damage caps for personal injury settlements in New York. This means that our pedestrian accident lawyers at Spar & Bernstein will seek maximum compensation for your losses and injuries.
As per the New York statute of limitations, you must file a lawsuit no later than three (3) years after the date a pedestrian accident occurred. Failure to submit your lawsuit within this time period might lead to its denial.
The time frame to file a lawsuit for wrongful death after losing a loved one in a pedestrian accident is two (2) years.
The time frame to file a lawsuit against a government agency, the city or the state is one (1) year and 90 days after the accident. The first step in this process is to file a Notice of a Claim within the first 90 days after the accident.
WHO IS LIABLE FOR PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS IN NEW YORK?
The liable parties for a pedestrian accident in New York include all traffic participants who contributed to the accident, such as:
- Motor cyclists
- Electric scooter operators
- Motor vehicle drivers
- Manufacturers of defective scooters
- Government agencies
COMPENSATION FOR PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT INJURIES IN NEW YORK
If you were involved in an accident as a pedestrian, and you have auto insurance or household insurance, your Personal Injury Protection insurance (PIP) can help cover your immediate medical expenses, lost wages and other accident-related expenses.
If your PIP is not enough to cover all of your medical costs or you are not covered under any insurance policy, you can file a claim for medical expenses against the party that was responsible for the accident.
In addition, you can seek compensation for:
Pain And Suffering
File a personal injury claim against the party responsible for the accident to seek compensation for your pain and suffering.
If the accident caused damage to your personal property, you can file a claim to seek compensation for property damage.
If your loved one lost their life in a accident, you can file a claim for wrongful death.
NEW YORK PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS FAQS
What Are The Most Common Causes Of Pedestrian Accidents In New York?
- Poor visibility
- Poorly marked crosswalks
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
- Fatigued driving
- Drunk driving
- Taking unsafe turns
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Driving under the influence
What Are The Most Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries?
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Facial disfigurement
- Back and neck injuries
- Chest injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Burn injuries
What Long-Term Effects Can I Experience After Being Injured As A Pedestrian?
- Balance problems
- Breathing problems
- Bladder control problems
Our pedestrian accident lawyers at Spar & Bernstein will fight on your behalf to secure a settlement that will support your medical needs long-term.
What Should I Do After A Pedestrian Accident?
- If your condition allows, move to a safe area away from the traffic
- Seek medical attention immediately — shock can mask serious internal injuries that can prove fatal if not addressed on time
- Call the police and file a police report, providing every detail you remember
- Exchange contact details with the driver that hit you, including their name, license plate number and insurance company
- Use photos and videos to document your bruises, ripped clothes or other accident site details
- Collect witness contact information
- Do not admit fault
- Contact an experienced pedestrian accident attorney
What Determines The Amount of Compensation I Will Receive After Being Injured As A Pedestrian In New York?
- Your medical expenses after the accident
- The effect your injuries have or had on your life
- Your ability or inability to work after the accident
- Your ability or inability to perform the same work duties as before the accident
- The coverage limits of the at-fault driver’s car insurance policy
- The mental and emotional trauma you sustained after the accident
What Evidence Can I Use To Seek Compensation After A Pedestrian Accident In New York?
- Police accident reports
- Medical records
- Witness testimony
- Camera footage
Can I Seek Compensation If I Was Responsible For My Pedestrian Accident?
For example, if your damages are estimated at $10,000 and you are found 40% at fault for the accident, your awarded compensation will be $6,000.
How Can Spar & Bernstein Help Me After A Pedestrian Accident?
- Examine the details of your accident, speak to witnesses and gather evidence
- Identify who is at fault for the accident
- Discuss your case with injury experts to evaluate your injuries
- Seek compensation from all responsible parties
- Prepare and file your claim, observing legal deadlines
- Fight for your case in court if a settlement is not reached
What If I Can’t Afford A Lawyer After My Pedestrian Accident?
To help you further, our initial consultation is free of charge. This allows you to seek professional legal advice, regardless of your financial standing.
Where Do Pedestrian Accident Fatalities Typically Occur?
Who Is The Most At Risk For A Pedestrian Accident?
- Children, due to inattention, unpredictable movement and lack of knowledge about road rules
- Parents and/or care takers pushing strollers
- Adults older than 65 years of age, due to mobility limitations, impaired vision or hearing loss
- Pedestrians under the influence of alcohol and drugs, due to the inability to focus or accurately judge the situation
Are Pedestrian Accidents Common In New York?
Each year, there are approximately 15,000 pedestrians injured in motor vehicle accidents, over 3,000 pedestrians admitted to the hospital and 300 pedestrians killed, according to the New York Department of Health.
These unfortunate statistics show that pedestrian accidents are not uncommon in New York. Timely professional legal advice is key for the successful outcome of your claim.
Our experienced pedestrian accident lawyers at Spar & Bernstein will help you obtain fair compensation that will allow you to focus on your full recovery.
How Can I Stay Safe As A Pedestrian In New York?
- Cross only at intersections and designated crosswalks
- Wait for the crosswalk signal after using a pedestrian pushbutton
- Check for traffic on your left, right and over your shoulder before crossing
- Use sidewalks
- If there are no sidewalks, walk against the traffic so you can see approaching cars and drivers can see you
- Do not text while crossing a road
- Wear light-colored or reflective clothing after dark and in poor weather conditions
- Do not dart in front of approaching cars
- Remember that due to their weight, trucks and buses need more time to stop compared to other vehicles
- Keep an eye out for cars coming out of driveways and parking spaces
- Educate your children about pedestrian safety
What Types of Personal Injury Lawyers Spar & Bernstein Has?
- Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer
- Wrongful Death Lawyer
- Product Liability Lawyer
- Premises Accidents Lawyer
- Construction Accident Lawyer
- Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer
- Bus Accident Lawyer
- Truck Accident Lawyer
- T-Bone Collision Lawyer
- Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer
- Train Accident Lawyer
- Hit and Run Lawyer
- Birth Injury Lawyer
- Burn Injury Lawyer
- Drunk Driver Accident Lawyer
- Bicycle Accident Lawyer
- Pedestrian Accident Lawyer