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Long Island Pedestrian Accident Lawyers 

Advocating for Injured Pedestrians in NYC & Long Island 

New York’s  pedestrian safety record remains concerning, despite ongoing efforts to improve it. Regardless of these efforts, hundreds of pedestrians are still injured each year.

If you or a loved one was injured as a pedestrian in New York, you may be entitled to financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. 

Schedule a free consultation with the one of our New York pedestrian accident attorneys at 
Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP online or by calling (800) 572-7246.

Notable Case Results

  • $5.5 million: our client was struck by a truck while crossing the street in Manhattan
  • $2 million: our client was struck by a car and died three days later

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in New York

With busy streets, an ever-growing population, and drivers concerned primarily with their own commutes, New Yorkers have faced a continuous struggle against reckless driving that has led to countless injury-causing or fatal pedestrian accidents. The most common causes of pedestrian accidents are:

  • Distracted or inattentive driving
  • Drugged or drunk driving
  • Failure to yield to pedestrians
  • Driving carelessly when there is low visibility (at night or on narrow streets)
  • Illegal or unsafe turns

Other Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

While negligent drivers are the leading cause of injury and death among pedestrians in New York, they are not the only cause. Defective or damaged sidewalks and streets can cause pedestrians to slip, trip, or fall and suffer serious injuries like broken bones, head trauma, and lacerations. These types of cases fall under the umbrella of premises liability as opposed to motorist negligence.

Do Pedestrians Always Have the Right-of-Way in NY?

Similar to motorists, pedestrians also have certain rights and responsibilities when traveling on sidewalks or roadways. Pedestrians have the right of way whenever they are crossing a roadway in a marked or unmarked crosswalk, and motorists must exercise due care when pedestrians are present.

However, there are certain situations in which pedestrians must yield the right of way to vehicles:

  • When attempting to cross a roadway where there is no marked or unmarked crosswalk
  • When crossing at an intersection with a red traffic signal or “do not walk” signal
  • When leaving a curb, sidewalk, or similar place of safety and suddenly entering a roadway in a manner where oncoming vehicles cannot reasonably yield or avoid a collision.

Pedestrians should also use sidewalks when they are present and available. If there is no sidewalk, pedestrians should walk as far as possible on the shoulder of the roadway while facing oncoming traffic.

Common Injuries Sustained in Pedestrian Accidents

Head and Neck Injuries

Head and neck injuries are among the most common injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents. These types of injuries can range from mild concussions to more serious traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). In some cases, head and neck injuries can even be fatal.

Broken Bones

Broken bones are another common injury that can occur in pedestrian accidents. These types of fractures can range from minor breaks to more severe compound fractures, which require surgery and extensive rehabilitation.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries such as sprains, strains, and contusions are also common in pedestrian accidents. These types of injuries may not be as serious as broken bones or head and neck trauma, but they still require medical attention and can cause significant pain and discomfort for those affected by them.

Internal Organ Damage

Internal organ damage is another potential injury that can occur in pedestrian accidents. This type of injury occurs when a person is hit by a vehicle at high speeds or if they fall onto hard surfaces after being struck by a car or truck. Internal organ damage can be life-threatening if it is not treated promptly and properly.

Psychological Trauma

Psychological trauma is another type of injury that can occur in pedestrian accidents, even if there are no physical wounds present at the time of the accident. Victims may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, or other psychological issues due to their experience with the accident itself or its aftermath.

Determining Liability in a Pedestrian Accident Case

Pedestrian accidents, unfortunately, happen all too often in New York. When an accident occurs, it's essential to determine who is at fault and who could potentially be held liable for any damages. 

You may be able to seek compensation from a:

  • Negligent driver
  • Truck driver or trucking company
  • Bus driver or transit company
  • Motorcyclist or bicyclist
  • Defective product manufacturer
  • Government agency/municipality

Schedule a free consultation with us today. Call (800) 572-7246 to get started.             
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Determining liability is a complex process, which is why it's essential to seek legal guidance following an accident. When you work with our New York pedestrian accident lawyers at Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, we can help you identify all liable parties and seek maximum compensation on your behalf.

Damages Available to Injured Pedestrians

If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident in New York, it's important to understand the types of damages you may be able to recover for your injuries and other losses. These damages can include compensation for medical expenses, past and future lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage. 

In some cases, you may also be able to recover damages for emotional distress or loss of enjoyment of life. However, the specific damages you can recover will depend on the unique circumstances of your case. Seeking the assistance of an experienced pedestrian accident attorney in New York can help you determine your legal options and secure the compensation you deserve.

Why Do I Need a New York Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?

Pedestrian accidents that are caused by negligent motorists are eligible for compensation through the victim's own insurance policy (PIP coverage). So why should you consult with an attorney about your case?

  • An attorney can help you get the most out of your PIP coverage
  • An attorney can investigate your accident and identify all liable parties
  • An attorney can help you file a claim if your PIP coverage isn't sufficient
  • Ultimately, an attorney can make sure your rights are protected at all times

The NY pedestrian accident attorneys at Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP are top-rated trial lawyers that have been serving the people of New York City, Long Island, and beyond since 1985. During that time, we've recovered multiple multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients, proving ourselves as a reliable resource for New York's injured.

With free consultations and our “no recover, no fee” policy, you have  nothing to lose by arranging an appointment with our team. We're available online or over the phone at (800) 572-7246.

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