The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that, on average, a pedestrian is killed every two hours in the United States. The final numbers in 2016 revealed that nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed and about 70,000 injured after being struck by motor vehicles. In New York City, 144 pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles and thousands were injured – many seriously.
The New York pedestrian accident attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC have helped injured pedestrians obtain compensation for their injuries and other damages for decades. Some causes of pedestrian accidents include drinking and driving, failure to obey traffic controls, and aggressive driving. But distracted driving – drivers using smartphones to talk or text – continues to be the leading reason for vehicle accidents involving pedestrians. Studies have shown that the minimum time these devices distract drivers is five seconds. A lot of harm can be done by their 2,000-pound vehicle in that time span.
Why Bad Drivers Strike Pedestrians
Reckless drivers pose a threat to everyone they share the road with. The most vulnerable road users are pedestrians, and just one careless moment by a motorist can change a pedestrian’s life forever. New York City drivers know how common pedestrians are on our streets, and they should always be mindful of their surroundings. Drivers often cause serious injuries because they are…
- Distracted by a mobile device
- Fatigued or drowsy
- Impaired by alcohol or other substances
- Driving aggressively
- Failing to notice pedestrians as they cross the street
- Turning without signaling their intentions
- Trying to beat a red light.
Maybe you know exactly why a driver struck you, or maybe you have no idea what led the driver to carelessly strike you or your loved one. It’s important for you to know that it’s not on you to know why a bad driver hit you. All you need to do is call Kaplan Lawyers PC and let us sort out the details.
We’ll find out how a driver made a mistake and hold them accountable for the harm they’ve caused you. Contact Kaplan Lawyers PC today to schedule a free consultation with our team.
New York “No Fault” insurance provides for the economic needs of pedestrians when struck by automobiles. Its “limited” coverage pays for:
- Medical bills
- Household services
- Transportation costs to medical providers
- And lost wages – up to the amount of coverage the policy holder purchases.
Other policy restrictions, variations in driver coverage, and stringent filing requirements make it all but essential to consult a seasoned pedestrian accident attorney in NYC to help protect all of your legally mandated compensation benefits.
Additionally – and sadly – an overriding intent of New York’s No Fault Insurance Law is to limit an injured accident victim’s ability to collect damages for their pain and suffering. This restrictive statute often hobbles victims who suffer significant injuries in their attempt to receive the fair compensation they deserve. This is another significant reason to retain a seasoned New York pedestrian accident lawyer with a proven track record of aggressively defending the full compensation rights of people who deserve full and fair compensation after being injured in any vehicle accident.
Just make certain that your lawyer meets these criteria:
- Offers a free initial consultation
- Can help you receive proper medical attention if you need it – and without initial charge during that treatment
- Accepts no fees whatsoever unless you win your accident claim or case, and guarantees it in writing.
Frequently Asked Questions for Pedestrian Accidents
Do I need an attorney to handle my claim?
How long do I have to bring a claim?
Can I bring a claim even if the other driver wasn’t 100 percent at fault?
Do I have to pay any legal fees if I lose my case?
How much is my case worth?
How long will it take to settle my case?
How will my medical bills get paid?
Does No Fault pay for anything else?
If any of my personal property was damaged when I was hit, how can I get it fixed?
Can anyone sue to collect for pain and suffering if they were hit by a car?
What is the legal definition of a serious injury?
How will I know if my injuries will be considered serious?
Getting Medical Treatment
Pedestrians can be severely injured by a vehicle even at very slow speeds. One single pedestrian collision often leaves a pedestrian with multiple catastrophic injuries, which may include some of the following…
- Hip fractures or other complex bone fractures
- Head or traumatic brain injuries
- Back or spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries or organ damage
- Extensive soft tissue damage.
These injuries are debilitating and life-changing. If you’ve suffered the above injuries or any other type of harm in a pedestrian collision, you’re likely facing costly medical bills, lost time at work, post-traumatic stress disorder and a great deal of physical pain. Devasting injuries disrupt lives, but victims shouldn’t have to pay the costs.
At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we help injured pedestrians get the payment they need to move forward. Contact us today to get started.
Wrongful Death Claims and Pedestrian Collisions
Pedestrians are far more likely to die in a crash than occupants of passenger vehicles. A pedestrian dies in the U.S. every 1.6 hours, on average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When someone loses their life because of a driver’s mistakes, surviving family members can take legal action to seek compensation for their suffering.
In New York, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate may file a wrongful death claim. They can seek payment for burial and funeral expenses, medical expenses and loss of the deceased’s earnings, among other costs.
If you’ve lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident in New York and want to explore your legal options, we encourage you to contact Kaplan Lawyers PC to schedule a free consultation with our team.
Making Streets Safer for Pedestrians
Though New York has plenty of designated crossings for pedestrians, there’s more the city can do to make our streets safer for those traveling by foot. They can improve existing sidewalks, expand the number of crossings, better educate drivers and increase lighting to make pedestrians more visible.
Drivers play a vital role in making pedestrians safer. They need to observe the rules of the road and be mindful of pedestrians. Every driver should assume a pedestrian could be nearby, even if they don’t see one.
At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we believe that by holding negligent drivers accountable for the harm they cause pedestrians, we are making New York’s streets safer for all of us. More importantly, we seek justice for pedestrians that have already been harmed by careless drivers.