New York City has a poor reputation when it comes to the safety of pedestrians. Despite recent efforts to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities, such as Governor Cuomo's Vison Zero initiative, hundreds of pedestrians are still harmed every year walking the streets of New York City.
If you or a loved one were injured as a pedestrian in New York, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Schedule a free consultation with the New York pedestrian accident attorneys at Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP online or by calling (800) 572-7246.
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.
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
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