Pedestrian Accidents in New York City
New York City has more foot traffic than any other city in the nation. While pedestrians abound, so do pedestrian accidents. According to a recent study released by the NY Department of Transportation (DOT), 52 percent of NYC traffic fatalities between 2005 and 2009 resulted from pedestrian accidents. Drivers are often at fault for causing pedestrians’ injuries.
Significant injuries, such as brain injury and spinal injury, can happen when struck by a motor vehicle. Costs associated with these injuries are astronomical. In these serious injury cases, no-fault coverage is not adequate for dealing with expenses. However, when you meet the statutory standards of serious injury, you may have the right to take legal action. At Rubenstein & Rynecki, we bring more than 40 years of experience to every case we handle. We may be able to help you sue negligent parties and obtain financial relief.
Liability in pedestrian accidents
Motorists who violate traffic laws by speeding or not yielding the right-of-way can seriously harm pedestrians. The New York DOT study indicated that close to 36 percent of pedestrian crashes resulted from driver inattention. The study also revealed that an estimated 27 percent of fatal pedestrian crashes involved the driver's failure to yield.
Pedestrians who violate traffic rules typically bear some the liability for their own injuries. Courts reduce their ability to recover compensation by their percentage of negligence. However, even when the court assigns some negligence to the pedestrian, it still may be viable to pursue a lawsuit.
Common accident injuries
The impact of being struck by a vehicle can leave a pedestrian with catastrophic, life-long injuries. The most dangerous traffic conditions for pedestrians are on roadways where cars drive at high speeds. Deaths are more likely to occur under these circumstances. Generally, urban crosswalk or intersection accidents cause lesser, yet still serious, injuries. Broken arms and legs, head injuries, brain injuries, back injuries, neck injuries, and spinal cord injuries are common types of pedestrian injuries.
Put your case in the hands of experienced attorneys
Rubenstein & Rynecki and its previous firms have represented clients in pedestrian accidents and other types of accident cases since 1972. It costs you nothing to discuss your accident with us and we may be able to help. No recovery, no fee. Contact us today for a free consultation.