Pedestrian Accidents in Queens
New Yorkers are notorious for their mobility, especially when it comes to the incredible amount of time they spend walking. Many New Yorkers don’t own a car, and even those who take subways, trains, buses or taxis usually walk great distances to reach their transportation. When you combine the mobility of New Yorkers, the large population of the city and the heavy traffic that travels our roads every minute of every day, it makes complete sense that pedestrians are often at risk of being struck by a vehicle.
In Queens, there are areas of special concern for pedestrians. Not surprisingly, pedestrian collisions in Queens occur in the most densely populated and most active areas, such as Elmhurst, Flushing and Jamaica. When involved in a motor vehicle crash, pedestrians are 10 times more likely to be killed than occupants of vehicles, so it is important for motorists and pedestrians alike to be particularly cautious when getting around in Queens.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian collision in Queens, contact the attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC to learn more about your options.
Pedestrians who have been hurt because of a careless driver suffer dearly in the wake of a collision. They might face expensive medical bills, ongoing care, loss of income, loss of work ability and intense pain and suffering. We will help you hold a negligent driver accountable for the damages they have inflicted upon you or your loved one.
Pedestrian Collision Statistics
- Around 70 percent of Queens pedestrian fatalities involve a passenger vehicle, and roughly three-fourths of those collisions were the direct result of, or had at least a contributing factor of, a driver’s dangerous decisions.
- Seniors account for around 35 percent of pedestrian fatalities in Queens, though they only account for 13 percent of the population.
- The pedestrian fatality rate, 1.92 fatalities per 100,000 residents, is higher in Queens that the city-wide average.
- Pedestrian collisions that occur on major roadways are two-thirds deadlier than they are on smaller roads.
Causes of Pedestrian Collisions in Queens
There are several contributing factors that can lead to a pedestrian collision. These factors include:
- Failure to yield to pedestrian or to traffic sign/signal
- Impaired driving.
The Most Dangerous Roads in Queens
New York has provided some enlightening statistics about pedestrian collisions in the city. The city reports that between 2011 to 2013, the most dangerous roads for pedestrians in Queens were:
- Woodhaven Boulevard
- Queens Boulevard
- Rockaway Boulevard
- Jamaica Avenue
- Route 25A (Northern Boulevard)
- Hillside Avenue.
What You Should Do If Struck by a Vehicle
Being on the wrong end of a pedestrian collision can be a very painful and anxiety-ridden experience. If you or someone you are with is hit by a vehicle, call 911. Calling the authorities will ensure that pedestrians receive medical attention and that a police officer can arrive at the scene to file a report on the collision. If you can do so, collect relevant information from the driver, including their name, contact information and their insurance information. You might also be able to take pictures of the scene of the collision and collect the contact information of any witnesses to the crash. It is important to get in touch with your attorney as soon as possible.
Our Queens Pedestrian Collision Lawyers are Here to Help
The pedestrian accident attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC can help you seek compensation for the damages you have suffered after being struck by a vehicle. Our team has years of experience in handling pedestrian collision cases, and we have helped many families in Queens win payment to cover medical bills, lost income or other expenses that they might encounter. Contact us today for a free consultation.