Pedestrian Accident
Attorneys in Queens

Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Queens, NY

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163-07 Depot Road, Suite 101
Flushing NY 11358

104-70 Queens Blvd., #501
Forest Hills NY 11375

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New York City is one of the most walkable cities in the entire world. Did you know that some of the city’s most walkable neighborhoods are in Queens, including Ridgewood and Elmhurst?

From Astoria Park to farmers markets, museums, and restaurants, nearly anything in Queens can be reached by foot. But just because it’s easy to walk around in Queens doesn’t always mean it’s safe.

Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are on the rise across the city, including Queens. Even with fewer cars on the road due to the coronavirus traffic deaths are surging in 2020, according to the Department of Transportation.

If you were hurt while walking around in your Queens neighborhood, you have the right to hold the reckless driver accountable. The pedestrian accident attorneys of Hurt511 are ready to help recover compensation for your injuries.

To learn more about your legal options and what your case could be worth, call 1.800.HURT.511. Our pedestrian accident lawyers in Queens will guide you and your family through every step of the legal process.

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How Many Pedestrian Accidents Happen a Year?

Pedestrian accidents are, sadly, very common. In 2017, nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes. That’s amounts to about one pedestrian killed in a traffic crash every 88 minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Where Do Most Pedestrian Accidents Happen?

The majority of deadly pedestrian accidents happen in urban areas, at non-intersection areas of the road, and at night, according to the CDC. In the majority of these accidents, the pedestrians were running, walking, or jogging when they were fatally struck by a motorist.

While pedestrians cannot prevent negligent and reckless drivers from using their cars, pedestrians can take a few simple safety measures to lower their likelihood of being involved in an accident.

When walking or jogging at night, be sure to wear reflective clothing to increase your visibility. Only cross at designated crosswalks or intersections and avoid wearing headphones or earbuds, which can distract you and prevent you from hearing a potential speeding car coming your way.

What Causes Most Pedestrian Accidents?

Pedestrian accidents can happen anytime and anywhere a driver is making risky and thoughtless choices on the road. However, the most common causes of pedestrian accidents in urban areas like Queens include:

  • Drunk and impaired driving, including alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription drugs
  • Failing to stop or yield at an intersection or stop sign
  • Speeding on residential roads and roads near schools
  • Distractions like texting, talking on a cell phone, eating, drinking, or fiddling with the car’s navigation system

Pedestrian accidents can also occur in parking lots and roads where drivers may need to pull in and reverse out of spots. If a driver isn’t careful and checking their mirrors, blind spots, and rear camera, they could potentially strike a pedestrian while trying to park.

What Kinds of Injuries Occur Due to Pedestrian Accidents?

Pedestrian accidents can be some of the most traumatic and serious types of car accidents, because the person who is hit by the car has no protection from the full impact of the collision, unlike car accidents between two motorists.

A car does not have to be going fast to do serious damage to a pedestrian. In fact, the average risk of severe injury for a pedestrian who is struck by a motor vehicle is 10% at an impact speed of 16 mph, 25% at 23 mph, 50% at 31 mph, and 75% at 39 mph, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Some of the most common injuries that occur due to pedestrian accidents include:

  • Traumatic head injuries
  • Neck, vertebrae, and spinal cord injury
  • Lacerations and bruises
  • Concussions
  • Broken bones, dislocations, and fractures
  • Soft tissue and internal injuries

Pedestrian accidents can often be fatal. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the average likelihood of death for a pedestrian struck by a car reaches 10% at an impact speed of 23 mph, 25% at 32 mph, 50% at 42 mph. These risk factors vary depending on the age of the pedestrian.

What Should I Do If I’m the Victim of a Pedestrian Accident?

If you were the victim of a pedestrian accident, your first course of action is to call 911 immediately and seek prompt medical attention for your injuries.

If you’re able to, collect the contact and insurance information of the motorist who struck you, as well as witness testimonies from anyone who saw the accident occur. Take photos of the scene of the accident, your injuries, and any other details that could be important to note.

All of this information will come in handy when you call 1.800.HURT.511 to get in touch with a pedestrian accident attorney. With this evidence, your attorney will have an easier time proving fault and negligence on the part of the motorist who hit you.

How Does Hurt511 Work?

Hurt511 works in few simple steps:

1. Fill out this form or call 1.800.HURT.511.
2. Take 30 seconds to answer a few questions to see what your case is worth.
3. Connect with attorneys in your area who will fight for you—always on a contingency-fee basis.
4. Receive your settlement.

Your Legal Right to Representation

No matter your immigration status, you have a protected right to seek legal representation from an attorney. If you were hurt in a pedestrian accident in Queens, call 1.800.HURT.511 to speak with a lawyer and learn about your legal options.

1.800.HURT.511 has a successful record of recovering large settlements on behalf of pedestrian accident victims in all five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, and New Jersey. Call 1.800.HURT.511 for a free case evaluation today.