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Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Fighting for You
Pedestrian accidents are one of the top-10 causes of injury-related hospital admissions and death in New York, according to the New York State Department of Health. If a pedestrian is injured due to negligence, such as a driver who does not obey traffic laws and causes an accident, they may be entitled to compensation.
Sobo & Sobo has helped injured pedestrians win settlements for over 50 years that cover the expenses of their recovery, as well as any lost wages, damages, pain and suffering. Call 855-GOT-SOBO or contact a pedestrian injury attorney online for a free consultation.
Driver Negligence in Pedestrian Accidents
Most pedestrian injuries are caused by negligent drivers, motorcyclists, and bicyclists. A third party that displays one of the following acts at the time of a pedestrian’s injury will most likely be held liable for damages in a court of law:
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.
Many of the same laws that apply to motor vehicle drivers apply to pedestrians using the roadways in New York. 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 Injury Settlements
An injured pedestrian has various options for recovering compensation after an accident. New York is a No-Fault state, meaning that 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.
Most recent data suggests that pedestrian victims have the highest average hospitalization cost, second to motorcyclists. The average hospitalization charge for an injured Bronx pedestrian was $49,293 in 2014. 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.
Pedestrian Personal Injury
Claims and Settlements
The total amount received through compensation depends on unique factors surrounding each case. A personal injury attorney can help investigate the accident to determine liability and gather evidence to prove the extent of any injuries.
New York’s statute of limitations for personal injury is three years. This means a victim has three years from the date of the accident to take legal action. Once a personal injury claim is filed, an experienced attorney can help recover damages such as:
Pedestrian accident lawyers in New York can help injured pedestrians make the strongest possible case. Quality legal assistance can ensure victims receive all the damages needed for recovery.
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in NY
We have pedestrian attorneys across New York City and the Hudson Valley who are ready to hear your story and discuss how we can help. Call 855-468-7626 or contact us online for a free consultation.
New York Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to NYC Crash Mapper, New York has experienced the following pedestrian incidents in 2020:
Of Those Accidents:
Pedestrians Were Injured (16%)
Pedestrians Were Killed (32%)
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.