Not yielding to pedestrians at intersections or crosswalks
Pedestrian injury lawyers represent clients who are injured in accidents caused by negligence, while walking on foot. These attorneys specialize in helping pedestrians maximize compensation for damages through injury lawsuit settlements, in order to cover a client’s:
- Medical expenses
- Lost past and future wages
- Physical and/or emotional pain and suffering
- Physical therapy if needed
- Anything bought to adjust to a lower quality of life caused by the injuries
Examples of such accidents include someone hit by a speeding driver while crossing the street, or a bicyclist that injures someone walking while riding on a sidewalk.
Running red lights
Passing a stopped vehicle that is yielding to passing pedestrians
Blocking crosswalks when stopping at an intersection
Distracted driving, which includes texting, calling, eating, drinking, and using devices while driving
Making a right on red without noticing crossing pedestrians
It can be difficult to know who is at fault for a pedestrian injury without extensive legal experience. It is a good idea to discuss your case with a pedestrian injury attorney with experience winning settlements for similar cases and explore the value of your case before moving forward.
No-Fault Accident Settlements
If you were injured in a No-Fault state, insurance companies will pay up to $50,000 for all medical bills related to pedestrian accidents, no matter what. This insurance law was enacted to ensure that any crash-related medical expenses are paid for victims as soon as possible, regardless of who was at fault.
Unfortunately, many injuries may require compensation beyond the $50,000 provided by the No-Fault policy. To recover more than this amount, a victim must pursue a separate personal injury claim. This is why most injured pedestrians file a personal injury lawsuit: to ensure they get the full amount they are owed in court.
Pedestrian Injury Lawsuit Settlements
The total amount received through compensation depends on unique factors surrounding each case. The following factors relating to the accident make the greatest impacts on pedestrian lawsuit settlement amounts:
National Pedestrian Accident Statistics
These are yearly averages and statistics regarding pedestrian accidents in the US, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):
Pedestrian deaths occur each year
Of pedestrian accidents occur on major roads
(Roadways other than residential streets, interstates, etc.)
Of those killed in traffic accidents are pedestrians
Time period when most pedestrian accidents occur
Of all pedestrian deaths occur in urban areas
Pedestrians are killed in hit and runs each year
Age range with the highest toll of pedestrian injuries and deaths
Increase in pedestrian fatalities since 2009
When Pedestrians Cause an Accident
Many of the same laws that apply to motor vehicle drivers apply to pedestrians using the roadways. A pedestrian that fails to comply with the following laws and causes an accident may be held liable for damages by an injured motorist:
- Pedestrians must obey all traffic signs and pavement markings
- Pedestrian signals must be followed when they are present: Walking person/Walk, Steady Red Hand/Don’t Walk, Flashing Red Hand/Don’t Walk, but finish crossing if already in the street
- When in a crosswalk where there isn’t a traffic control signal, drivers must yield the right-of-way to the pedestrian
- If there isn’t a crosswalk, sign or signal, a pedestrian must yield to all vehicles
- Pedestrians must use sidewalks where they are provided. When there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the roadway facing traffic
Pedestrian accident lawyers can help injured pedestrians make the strongest possible case.
Quality legal assistance can ensure victims receive all the damages needed for recovery.
The very first thing you should do is seek treatment by a medical professional, and be sure mention all the areas of pain or injury. Second: call Sobo & Sobo to secure your rights.
You likely have a personal injury if: (1) you were in an accident that was not entirely your fault, and (2) you sustained an injury from the accident.
The Sobo & Sobo “No Fee Guarantee” puts in writing that there is never a charge unless the firm, wins money for the client.
No-Fault refers to the legal system that requires the insurance company for the vehicle that you are occupying to pay for certain benefits such as medical bills and lost wages, regardless of who caused the accident. New York, for example, has a no-fault law that requires the insurance company for the vehicle you occupy to pay benefits even if that vehicle did not cause the accident.
There are different statute of limitations in New York, and exceptions that can add additional time. While every case is different, the statute of limitations in New York for personal injury claims is three years from the date of the accident.