Manhattan Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
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 could help.
Causes of 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.
The At-Fault Driver Was Distracted
According to the analysis, the biggest factor that 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 five 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 to others. 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 at (646) 692-0204.
Pedestrian Injuries 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 successful 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
Fracture 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.
If you or a loved one were 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, and negotiate for a fair settlement on your behalf or proceed to trial if necessary.
We will fight to obtain fair compensation for your injuries and resulting damages. We provide a free consultation.
Call Dansker & Aspromonte at (646) 692-0204 to learn more about how we can help.
Brain Damaged Child $50 Million
Christian, a four-year-old boy, was brought to the hospital for a routine eyelid repair. To cut costs, the hospital contracted out its anesthesia services to a third-party corporation.
Car Accident $31 Million
A 35-year-old New York City Police officer was a passenger in a police car going to an emergency call. After a collision, Ms. A. was rendered unconscious and was admitted to Jacobi Hospital with head and limb injuries.
Sanitation Worker Truck Injury $21.5 Million
This accident occurred in the Bronx when Rafael C. was working on a sanitation truck. The driver lost control while making a turn. Rafael was ejected and the truck ran over his leg.
Woman Struck By Truck $10.3 Million
A 22-year-old theater intern was walking across the intersection of 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue in Manhattan when she was struck by the rear door of a passing truck which had flown open because it had been improperly secured by the driver.
Smoke Inhalation $8 Million
Dansker & Aspromonte represented 60 tenants in the infamous Schomburg Plaza fire. A fire started in a jammed compactor chute on the 20th floor of the high-rise apartment building.
Head Injury $7.8 Million
This female accountant was walking after work in Battery Park on the pedestrian promenade when she was suddenly struck by a speeding police motor scooter.
Serious Injuries $6.6 Million
This case involved a 6-year-old girl who was in a minivan that was struck by an ambulance in a multi-car collision on the Northern State Parkway in Long Island, New York.
Serious Injuries $6.25 Million
A 26-year-old bicycle deliveryman was struck by a speeding Dollar Rent-A-Car van on a busy intersection, causing multiple fractures in his neck, back, arm and leg, as well as mild brain damage.
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