How 1.800.HURT.511 can help after your pedestrian accident!
In recent years, New York City has taken great strides to improve pedestrian safety, in part because of the “Vision Zero Action Plan,” an improvement plan put forth by Mayor Bill DeBlasio with the goal of “ending traffic deaths and injuries on our streets.” While the city has put forth a concerted effort towards this goal, pedestrians are still at an unfortunate risk of injury, or even death, while traveling through New York City on foot. The New York City data portal shows that the city still has strides to take to preserve pedestrian safety. There were 588 pedestrian fatalities and 44,360 pedestrian injuries between 2012 and 2017 in New York City. 2016 alone saw nearly eleven thousand pedestrian accidents with reported injuries.
If you have been injured in NYC as a pedestrian, you have many rights for getting the money and the justice that you deserve. Contact us now for a free case evaluation, and read more about pedestrian injuries and how you can benefit from the help of a pedestrian accident attorney in New York. We will be happy to discuss our history of successes with similar cases to your own, which is a great way for you to get a better idea of what to expect for the process of our work together if we choose to partner for this case.
If you have been injured as a result of a negligent motorist, regardless of whether you were another motorist, cyclist or pedestrian, it is important to speak with the team at 1.800.HURT.511 so that we can connect you with an experienced attorney who can help you get the justice you deserve.
Examples of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents are accidents that occur when anyone on foot—walking, running or jogging—is struck by a motor vehicle, motorcycle, or bicycle. There are various forms of protection for pedestrians in NYC such as speed limits, school zones, crossing lights, pedestrian bridges, and more. The following are a few examples of the types of accidents that are most common in the city:
Being struck by a vehicle when crossing the street
When you are using a crosswalk or traffic signal properly, you have every right to expect that you will be able to cross the street safely. However, due to aggressive, distracted, or careless drivers, this is not always the case.
Failure to yield to pedestrians
As a cyclist or other type of pedestrian, you have priority in certain situations where a driver must yield to you. This includes situations when you are biking on a street with no protected or designated bike lane or you are in the process of crossing a street.
Even though New York City has a considerable amount of traffic and the streets are always busy, some drivers think that it is safe or reasonable to speed, putting everyone around them at risk. The city speed limit is 25 mph unless otherwise posted, but that doesn’t mean that everyone obeys this rule.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
New York State has a strict stance on operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol that goes beyond standard limitations of a .08 BAC or influence of drugs. In addition to this common limit, New York also has a violation called a DWAI—Driving While Ability Impaired—that covers a BAC of between .05 – .07, or any other situation where the driver has reduced control over their abilities due to the result of mind-altering substances.
Under New York Vehicle Traffic Law, motorists must also exercise due care to avoid hitting a pedestrian, including sounding their horn to warn pedestrians when necessary. Failure to comply would constitute negligence under New York law. Other examples of negligent driving include failure to turn at an intersection with reasonable safety and failure to yield to the right of way.
Traffic Fatalities in New York
In an effort to increase and promote safety in these modes of transportation, the New York City Transportation Department has implemented various measures in recent years – measures such as more bike lanes, pedestrian plazas and wider crosswalks in certain locations.
These initiatives were intended to not only increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists but also motorists who share the city streets with them. Unfortunately, the efforts to improve safety and reduce New York City traffic accidents seem to have been in vain given a recent report that noticed an increase in traffic deaths. This report is known as the Mayor’s Management Report and it showed in 2012 that traffic deaths had increased in New York for the first time since 2007.
Fatalities increased by 23% from July 2011 through June 2012, when compared to the same period the previous year. This increase represented 291 traffic fatalities, as opposed to 236 during the prior period. Of the 291 deaths, 176 involved cyclists or pedestrians that were killed in traffic accidents, compared to only 158 during the prior year. The remaining fatalities involved motorists and other motor-vehicle occupants – which also represented a large spike from 78 fatalities during the prior period to 115 deaths this period.
Seeking Damages After a Pedestrian Accident
If you intend to file a personal injury lawsuit in New York against the driver that struck you, the burden of proof to show that driver’s fault is on you. Pedestrian accident lawyers at 1.800.HURT.511 realize that personal injury cases come with costs of pain and suffering and lost wages, we retain financial professionals that aid our legal staff to deliver successful case outcomes. Therefore, we will champion your case and strive for maximal compensation for
Medical expenses and lost wages resulting from the injury
These will be the basis of our claim because they are the foundation of economic damages that we will seek from the driver’s insurance company. Economic damages are intended to directly compensate the victim for measurable expenses and are a 1:1 repayment. When people think of large settlements, they are typically thinking of the non-economic damages that come alongside the economic damages.
Physical/emotional pain and suffering caused by the injury
These are the foundation of the non-economic damages that we may seek for your personal injuries caused by a pedestrian accident. There are a variety of methods used to determine the amount a victim is owed for these abstract damages, but one common way is by identifying a multiplier along a scale. Once a fair and understandable multiplier has been selected, it is applied to the economic damages in order to come to a dollar value for these damages.
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The sooner you contact our team, the more time we will have to work out a strong case and identify all of our possible options for compensation. Call now to schedule your free initial case evaluation, and get started on the right track. Stress is proven to have serious adverse impacts on physical recovery, and we will be happy to reduce your mental stress so that you can focus on getting yourself back to complete health.