Pedestrian Accidents in New York

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Not all car accidents involve two or more automobiles, many actually involve a negligent driver and a passerby on foot. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles reported nearly 15,000 pedestrian accidents in 2014 with close to 300 of those resulting in pedestrian fatalities and nearly 100% of them causing some sort of injury. The vast majority of all pedestrian accidents occurred while a pedestrian was attempting to cross the street, most often with proper traffic and crossing signals. Not only do these statistics show that driver inattention is a growing problem in New York but also that pedestrians require just as much legal representation as drivers.

If you have been hurt in a pedestrian accident in New York, let our Kingston car accident attorneys from Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C. come to your aid. We have a long history of successful, multimillion dollar case results and plenty of happy client testimonials that speak well on our behalf. If you want top-notch representation with a personalized touch, you will want to call 845.340.4878 today for a free consultation.

Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents

A driver must always practice extreme caution when operating their vehicle near people on foot. Due to the weight and size of an automobile compared to a human being, any collision will be particularly devastating to the pedestrian. As the DMV’s collected pedestrian accident statistics show, it is not uncommon for a crash involving a pedestrian to cause lifelong injuries.

A pedestrian in a car accident may suffer:

If the speed of the dangerous vehicle is excessive at the time of impact, the collision can prove fatal. In such cases, the loved ones of the decedent can file a wrongful death lawsuit to pursue compensation. Everything from funeral costs to wages that the decedent is expected to have earned can be recovered.

Pedestrian Right-of-Way

New York State legislation requires that pedestrians be given right-of-way when crossing lawfully or at a cross-walk. If a pedestrian jaywalks, or enters the street where there is no crosswalk, they are to give right-of-way to vehicles. However, a driver is always required to exercise “great care” to prevent pedestrian accidents. If you were struck by a motorist, regardless of whether or not there was a crosswalk, you can file a lawsuit against them as their inability to avoid you could be indicative of their negligence or distraction.

Call 845.340.4878 for Legal Advocacy

The most difficult part for you after being hurt in a pedestrian accident may be finding trustworthy legal counsel for your case. Our Kingston personal injury lawyers are here to put your worries to rest by providing the representation you would expect from a massive law firm down in New York City but with the personalized, one-on-one attention you would expect from a small family law firm further up the Hudson River. We have offices in Kingston, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Ellenville, and New York City.


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