In 2018, 115 pedestrians died in traffic accidents, according to the New York City Department of Transportation. Many more were injured. Unfortunately, pedestrians are often injured due to the negligence of others, especially motorists.
If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, a Manhattan pedestrian accident lawyer from Dansker & Aspromonte Associates could help. Our injury lawyers proudly serve injured pedestrians and their families throughout Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx, and Nassau, and Suffolk Counties.
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Some Reasons for NYC Pedestrian Accidents
The New York Times analyzed crash data involving pedestrians injured or killed in traffic accidents in 2019. They found that some of the most common reasons for pedestrian accidents involve the negligence of motorists. These include the following reasons:
The At-Fault Driver Was Distracted
According to the analysis, the biggest factor responding law enforcement officers attributed to fatal accidents was driver inattention or distraction. This cause represents 33 of the fatal accidents studied.
Driver distraction is anything that takes a driver’s mind off the task of driving, their eyes off the road, or their hands off the steering wheel, such as:
- Texting and driving
- Eating or drinking
- Adjusting playlists or looking at directions on a phone or GPS
- Adjusting dials in the car
- Tending to children or pets in the car
The At-Fault Driver Failed to Yield
Twenty-six of the reviewed cases were attributed to a driver’s failure to yield. The New York Times’ analysis found that 60,000 people were injured in pedestrian accidents in New York City in 2019, many of which may also be due to the failure to yield.
The At-Fault Driver Drove Too Fast
Unsafe speed was attributed to 5 of the fatal accidents studied by the publication. New York drivers are expected to slow down as they approach intersections and crosswalks. However, many drivers disregard these rules.
The At-Fault Driver Disregarded Traffic Signs
Eight of the fatal accidents involved drivers who disregarded traffic signs. When a driver runs a red light or a stop sign, he or she may cause serious injuries. Such losses may leave victims with expensive medical bills, an inability to work, and chronic pain and suffering.
The At-Fault Driver Drove Carelessly
According to the analysis, other contributing factors that caused pedestrian injuries or deaths included:
- Backing up unsafely
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Unsafely opening a door into traffic
- Unsafe passing
Also, some drivers do not drive safely in areas where there is heavy foot traffic. For example, the New York Times found that one of Manhattan’s most dangerous cross streets involved pedestrians coming off the R.F.K. Bridge.
If you or a family member suffered an accident caused by a careless driver, we could help. Call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates at (212) 732-2929.
Some Pedestrian Injuries That You Might Have Suffered
Pedestrians involved in accidents often suffer serious injuries, including:
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Pedestrian accidents can cause very serious injuries because of the vulnerable state a person is in when hit by a vehicle. In one case our firm handled, our client suffered a skull fracture and brain injury and we were able to recover $6.3 Million for her. In addition we were successfully in defending two appeals of the jury verdict, which resulted in the recovery of another $1.5 Million in interest.
In another case, we represented a 22-year old female pedestrian who was struck by the swinging rear door of a passing truck. She was diagnosed with traumatic epilepsy caused by the accident. Our Manhattan pedestrian accident lawyers secured $10.3 Million in compensation for her.
Pedestrian accidents can result in catastrophic and life-altering injuries, including:
- Spinal cord injuries
Fractures injuries are extremely common after a pedestrian accident. One of our clients suffered from multiple fractures when she was hit by a speeding school bus. Her case was settled for $2.8 Million after we located an eyewitness to the accident.
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If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, do not delay in contacting an experienced lawyer. A Manhattan pedestrian accident lawyer can review the circumstances of your claim, identify each responsible individual or entity, calculate the full extent of your damages, negotiate for a fair settlement on your behalf or proceed to trial if necessary.
We will fight on your behalf to obtain fair compensation for your injuries and resulting damages. We provide a free consultation. Call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates today at (212) 732-2929 to learn more about how we can help.