Pedestrian Accident Attorneys In Long Island
Long Island is known for having some of the most dangerous roads for pedestrians in the New York metropolitan area, including Hempstead Turnpike, which is considered the deadliest road on Long Island. Traffic experts have determined Hempstead Turnpike has areas with poor sight distance, lights that change too quickly for pedestrians, and areas in which there are no islands for those walkers who get caught in the middle of this very active road.
When a pedestrian is struck by a car, a truck, or an SUV, this is considered a pedestrian accident. Since pedestrians are typically unprotected, they are at very high risk for suffering severe and life-threatening injuries. If you or your loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a pedestrian accident on Long Island, you should hire an experienced personal injury attorney immediately.
The Long Island pedestrian accident attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP are dedicated to helping pedestrian accident victims obtain financial compensation for their injuries, pain, suffering, medical expenses, emotional distress, and financial and career losses.
In the United States, a pedestrian is killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis. Approximately, 64,000 pedestrians are injured annually. Approximately 5,000 of these injured pedestrians will die due to these accident.
In fact, in 2013, some 4,735 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 66,000 pedestrians were injured. In 2014, a total of 14,952 pedestrian crashes occurred in New York, including Long Island, according to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV). Of those 14,952 pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles, 14,906 pedestrians suffered personal injuries.
Most of these pedestrian accidents occurred during weekdays, most on Fridays. Approximately 96 percent of these pedestrian accidents involved just one motor vehicle.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Some of the most common causes for a Long Island pedestrian accident include, among others:
- Aggressive, reckless, or careless driving
- Dangerous intersections
- Distracted driving: Talking or texting on a cell phone, eating while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI)
- Driving when preoccupied
- Failure to pay attention to the road or obey traffic signals, signs, and laws
- Failure to stop at a stop sign; running red lights
- Failure to yield the right of way to pedestrians
- Not yielding the right of way to pedestrians
- Poorly designed roadways
If you or someone you know have/has been injured or wrongfully killed in a Long Island pedestrian accident, it is important to contact one of a skilled attorneys at Parker Waichman to protect your rights and fight for your best interests.
What Constitutes a Pedestrian Accident?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a pedestrian accident is a crash in which an individual who was not in a motor vehicle, on a pedal cycle, or on an animal is involved. If the injured person was on a bicycle or riding a horse at the time of the accident, these do not qualify as pedestrian accidents.
If the injured person was on foot, however, or if that person was sitting or lying down, that individual is a considered a pedestrian. A pedestrian may also be walking, jogging, standing still, or running.
New York’s No Fault Law Applies to Long Island Pedestrian Accidents
New York’s No Fault Law typically applies to pedestrian accidents that involve motor vehicles in New York state. Under New York’s No Fault Law, an individual has 30 days from the date of the accident to complete and file a no-fault application. When the motor vehicle that struck the pedestrian is covered under insurance, the pedestrian files the No Fault insurance claim with the motor vehicle’s insurance company.
No Fault insurance claims are generally focused on the payment of medical expenses and lost wage benefits; No Fault law does not compensate individuals for pain and suffering. Litigation is brought on behalf of individuals who suffer a serious injury under the law.
If you have been injured as a pedestrian, you must act quickly to protect your rights and ensure that essential evidence is gathered. If you or someone you know was injured in a pedestrian accident on Long Island, the lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP may be able to help you recover compensation for your expenses, damages, and injuries.
What are the Legal Rights of Pedestrians?
Pedestrians are significantly more vulnerable to sustaining serious injuries in a crash than are individuals who are inside of a vehicle. Motorists must watch out for, and share the roads with, pedestrians and understand that when a pedestrian is hit by a motor vehicle, that pedestrian may suffer from serious, life-altering injuries or death.
Because all motor vehicles must yield to pedestrians, when a pedestrian is hit by a motor vehicle, the fault of the accident is, for the most part, with the driver of the involved motor vehicle. Pedestrians who suffered a significant injury, or the families of pedestrians who died in a pedestrian accident, may be able to receive compensation in a pedestrian accident lawsuit.
Compensation may include lost wages or diminished earning ability; medical bills, expected medical bills; pain and suffering; and a diminished quality of life. When a pedestrian is injured or killed, more than one individual or entity may be found to have legal responsibility.
If You Are a Pedestrian Who Was in an Accident
If you are a pedestrian and you become involved in an accident, know that no matter how mild a pedestrian accident may appear to you at the time, every pedestrian accident is considered an emergency. An unprotected body is not able to withstand the power of a crash with a vehicle weighing thousands of pounds, which is why pedestrians often suffer from very serious, life-threatening injuries and death.
Some pedestrian accident injuries may include amputations, broken bones, facial injuries, head and skull injuries, paralyzing spinal cord injuries, internal bleeding, organ damage, nerve damage, torn ligaments and tendons, serious cuts and bruising, and herniated discs.
If You Have Questions About Filing a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit
The Long Island pedestrian accident attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have a long history of successfully fighting accident cases and recovering compensation for their clients. If you or someone you know has been injured due to a pedestrian accident on Long Island, the firm offers legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a lawsuit.
Parker Waichman offers free, no-obligation case evaluations. For more information, call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
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