New York City Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Representing New York City clients after pedestrian collisions
Pedestrian accidents can result in very serious injuries. When we walk the streets of our villages, towns, and cities, we are always at risk of being injured. Unfortunately, pedestrians are struck by vehicles regularly, sometimes with terrible outcomes. Depending on the size and speed of the vehicle, a person can suffer serious injury and even death. With no protection at all, pedestrian accidents are some of the worst seen on the roads of New York. If you are struck by a vehicle, you need to seek medical attention. You are covered under the driver’s no-fault insurance coverage. Immediately after the accident, your medical bills and lost wages will be covered. However, if your injuries are serious, which is usually the case in these types of accidents, you may consider a lawsuit against the negligent driver. If you or someone you know has been struck by a motor vehicle, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as quickly as possible. Contact the Law Offices of Jonathan D. Sands for a free consultation.
Why do pedestrian accidents occur?
Negligence: Many accidents involving pedestrians are caused by the negligent actions of drivers. Of the many reasons that constitute dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, the use of electronic devices, driving while under the influence, careless maneuvers, and reckless driving are the top causes of collisions involving pedestrians.
Conditions: Road conditions are common causes of accidents. Some conditions are avoidable, others are not. Unfortunately, municipalities don’t always maintain and repair their roadways. Some of the road conditions that cause accidents include:
- Uneven surfaces
- Debris and spills
- Closed sidewalks that force pedestrians into the street
Weather-related conditions can also affect the ability for drivers to safely navigate the streets of our communities. Snow, ice, and standing water are just some of the reasons car accidents involving pedestrians can occur. Not all accidents caused by road conditions are caused by driver negligence. Depending on the location and type of the dangerous road condition, a municipal, commercial, or private property owner may be responsible. To learn more, it is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
Obscured visibility: There are countless examples of hazards that obscure visibility causing pedestrian accidents. Some examples include:
- Parked vehicles
- Overgrown vegetation
- Signs and other objects placed at the curb
- Lack of adequate overhead lighting
These hazards make it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians and for pedestrians to see motor vehicles. Liability, if any, may rest with the driver and/or the entities responsible for the conditions that obscured visibility. If you have been injured and wish to pursue a claim, you should contact an attorney to investigate who was at fault for the accident.
Contact a Westchester County pedestrian accident attorney
If you have been struck by a motor vehicle, you should seek medical attention and then contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Pedestrian accidents can have a devastating impact on your life given the often very serious nature of the injuries sustained. Contact the Law Offices of Jonathan D. Sands to schedule a consultation today.