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Pedestrian Accident Lawyers: Everything You Need To Know

Pedestrian accidents can be dangerous and are far too common in New York. Hundreds of pedestrian accidents occur every year, and many accident victims sustain serious injuries due to motorist negligence or inattention. That’s why, if you or a loved one are injured in a New York pedestrian accident, you need to know who to contact in order to receive compensation to pay for medical bills and accident-related expenses.

As experienced New York pedestrian accident lawyers, Schwartzapfel Lawyers is ready for your call and can help you prepare a successful lawsuit. With our assistance, you’ll recover damages to pay for your medical expenses and other costs. Contact our personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation at 1-800-966-4999.

 

What Are Pedestrian Accidents?

Pedestrian accidents occur when a vehicle, such as an automobile, motorcycle, or bicycle, impacts a pedestrian. Pedestrian accidents can occur on New York City sidewalks, crosswalks, and roadways. In many cases, pedestrian accidents are very serious and result in major injuries. In severe cases, they can even cause death.

This is because pedestrians are far more exposed than automobile drivers, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. Thus, when they are hit by these vehicles, they are at a greater risk of sustaining serious injuries.

According to the New York State Department of Health, approximately 300 pedestrians are killed and 15,000 pedestrians are injured by motor vehicles every year throughout the state’s roadways. Additionally, another 3,000 pedestrians are admitted to the hospital for pedestrian accident injuries each year.

Pedestrian accident injuries are primarily due to motor vehicle traffic accidents. Males and New Yorkers 65 years and older are most at risk for pedestrian accident injuries and deaths.

Although all New York state roadways can be hazardous, New York City is particularly dangerous for pedestrians. Between 2005 and 2009, pedestrians accounted for 52% of New York City’s total traffic fatalities. 27% of those fatalities involved the driver failing to yield the right-of-way.

Overall, pedestrian accidents are quite serious, and New Yorkers need to know what to do if they or a loved one are injured.

To learn more, call Schwartzapfel Lawyers at 1-800-966-4999 for your free consultation.

 

Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents can be truly accidental or be caused due to the negligence of a driver or another party. The common causes of pedestrian accidents include:

  • Driver inattentiveness, such as texting while driving
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which can impair decision-making and slow reflexes
  • Drivers failing to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians at a marked crosswalk
  • Drivers exceeding the speed limit and being unable to slow down in time before a stoplight or corner turn
  • Drivers ignoring traffic laws or traffic signals such as red lights
  • And more

Many pedestrian motor vehicle accidents are directly caused due to poor driving or driver negligence. If a driver was negligent and caused your pedestrian accident injuries, you may have grounds for a lawsuit to recover damages.

Negligence can be proven by collecting evidence at the scene of the incident, such as eyewitness accounts or traffic camera footage. For example, if you were firmly within a pedestrian crosswalk, you will likely be found not at fault for your injuries, and the negligent driver may be on the hook for paying for your medical bills and other costs.

 

Common Injuries from Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accident injuries are often severe because of the weight and protection disparity between pedestrians and car drivers. These injuries can include but are not limited to:

  • Broken bones
  • Road rash
  • External lacerations and/or internal bleeding
  • Sprains, strains, and ligament tears
  • Dislocations
  • Herniations
  • Spinal damage, which may lead to paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Cars typically weigh thousands of pounds. Even if a driver slows down significantly before a car accident, this weight can still cause catastrophic injuries to impacted pedestrians.

Bicycles and motorcycles can also cause serious injuries to pedestrians due to the high speeds at which they typically travel.

Regardless, these injuries usually incur high medical expenses. Pedestrian accident victims may not be able to pay for X-rays, surgeries, and other medical care costs without damages from a successful pedestrian accident case.

For more information, or to speak with one of our NY pedestrian accident lawyers at no charge, dial 1-800-966-4999 and allow Schwartzapfel Lawyers the honor and privilege of fighting for you!

 

Can You Sue an At-Fault Party?

Generally, you can sue an at-fault party. If at least one other party was negligent or responsible for your injuries, you should have grounds for a pedestrian accident lawsuit. Knowledgeable pedestrian accident lawyers can help you understand your legal rights and recover damages from the at-fault party’s insurance company.

Unlike auto accidents, pedestrian accidents are not usually covered under no-fault car insurance. However, no pedestrian accident lawsuit is open and shut. Attorneys can ensure that you gather the right evidence and that your case stands the greatest chance of a fair settlement when you file.

Speak with a Schwartzapfel Lawyers pedestrian accident attorney now at no charge by calling 1-800-966-4999!

 

How New York Pedestrian Lawyers Can Help

The right New York pedestrian accident attorneys can provide major benefits to your case. Examples of these benefits include but are not limited to:

 

Negotiate With Insurers

From the get-go, pedestrian accident lawyers can speak to the at-fault party’s insurance company and push for a fast resolution rather than a drawn-out lawsuit. Many insurance companies will fight hard to avoid paying damages to an injured person, even when it’s the right thing to do.

Educated pedestrian accident lawyers know all their tricks and how to force insurance companies to the bargaining table for a settlement offer. With their assistance, you may not have to file a lawsuit at all to receive the compensation you deserve.

Dial 1-800-966-4999 to learn more now! Your call will be free and the advice offered invaluable in protecting your financial future. Alternatively, please continue reading to find out more ways in which the right pedestrian accident lawyer can help you recover damages.

 

Prepare Case Evidence

If your lawsuit does go to trial or arbitration, attorneys can help you gather the right evidence your pedestrian accident claim needs to succeed. They can collect traffic camera footage, eyewitness accounts, and even police reports when needed to support your personal injury case.

All of this evidence can help sway the court or judge in your favor and prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the at-fault party was truly negligent and thus responsible for your injuries.

 

Fight for You No Matter What

Above all else, experienced pedestrian accident lawyers such as Schwartzapfel Lawyers will fight for you throughout your lawsuit experience. From start to finish, we can offer sound legal counsel, make sure that your lawsuit is filed correctly, and will push hard to ensure you see an optimal case outcome.

 

Why Choose Schwartzapfel Lawyers?

To maximize your potential compensation and avoid penalties via pure comparative negligence rules, you need the best pedestrian accident lawyers in New York. That’s Schwartzapfel Lawyers. You can contact us for a free case evaluation at 1-800-966-4999.

 

Experience

Between our team of skilled lawyers, Schwartzapfel Lawyers has over 150 years of collective legal experience. We can bring this to the table and ensure that it works well for you in your pedestrian accident lawsuit.

Our experience allows us to navigate even complex cases delicately yet efficiently. We can make sure that your case results in the compensation you need to pay for past and future medical bills, lost income if you have to take time off work, emotional damages, and other damages if necessary.

 

Past Successes

You don’t have to take our word for it. Our past successes are available for everyone to see via our testimonials page. Over the years, Schwartzapfel Lawyers has recovered millions of dollars for our clients. Many of these were injured pedestrians just like you.

We know how difficult it is to trust a law firm you’ve never worked with before. That’s why we provide evidence of our past successes to show you that when we get to work on your case, you’ll see a successful outcome no matter what.

At Schwartzapfel Lawyers, each of our clients is a new family member whom we treat with the utmost respect and dedication. When you hire us for your pedestrian accident lawsuit, we’ll get to work using the full extent of our knowledge.

 

Contingency Fee Policy

We also know that it’s tough paying medical bills, regular costs like mortgage payments and groceries, and everything else on top of hiring legal professionals. That’s why we don’t charge any of our clients a dime unless we win for them.

That’s right: If your pedestrian accident lawsuit is not successful, we won’t charge you a thing. That’s how confident we are in our ability to secure damages for your injuries and other costs.

 

Contact Schwartzapfel Lawyers Today

The right pedestrian accident attorneys can make all the difference in your upcoming lawsuit. When you hope to recover as much compensation as possible to pay for your medical bills and other expenses, you shouldn’t settle for second-rate representation.

Instead, you should contact Schwartzapfel Lawyers right away. We’re ready to assist with your lawsuit filing process and will ensure that your case reaches a successful outcome. In addition, we can protect you from pure comparative negligence claims and/or at-fault parties accusing you of being responsible for your injuries.

Why wait? Get a free case evaluation by contacting us today online or calling us at 1-800-966-4999.

Sources:

Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. | Fighting For You

Pedestrian Safety: It’s No Accident | New York State Department of Health

Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics: New York State Residents | New York State Department of Health

New York City Pedestrian Safety Study & Action Plan | NYC.gov

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