New York Crosswalk Accident Attorneys
Car accidents don’t only happen when you are behind the wheel of a vehicle. Crosswalks are supposed to provide pedestrians with a safe place to cross the street from one sidewalk to another. Unfortunately, many pedestrians are struck by cars, trucks, buses and other vehicles each year while crossing the street in a crosswalk.
About 8% of traffic accidents in New York are pedestrian crashes, however, pedestrian collisions with motor vehicles are much more likely to result in death or serious injury than car-on-car collisions.
Pedestrian accidents can be devastating for the pedestrian involved, often fatal. According to the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR), pedestrians account for 3 out of every 10 fatalities on New York roadways, with 41% of those pedestrian fatalities taking place in New York City. And in 2018, ITSMR reports that there were 15,566 pedestrian accidents in New York due to motor vehicles, of which 269 were fatal and 15,147 of the victim sustained personal injuries.
The New York crosswalk accident attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, have dedicated their careers to helping injured New Yorkers fight for the support they need as they recover from injuries due to negligent drivers. If you or your loved ones have been hit by a car, truck, bus or another vehicle while crossing a street in New York or New York City, contact us at (212) 779-0057 to speak with a knowledgeable attorney about your legal rights and options in this situation.
Causes of Pedestrian Injuries in New York
Pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable roadway users and their safety is a serious concern, especially in New York City and other high-traffic cities throughout the state.
In New York, drivers are required to be alert and aware of their surroundings, including the presence of pedestrians.
In New York, pedestrians have the right of way on sidewalks. Under Article 27 § 1151 of New York State traffic laws, “The driver of a vehicle emerging from or entering an alleyway, building, private road or driveway shall yield the right of way to any pedestrian approaching on any sidewalk extending across such alleyway, building entrance, road or driveway.”
According to Traffic Code Section 1151, pedestrians in a marked crosswalk and unmarked crosswalks at intersections have the right of way, and drivers of motor vehicles are supposed to yield to these pedestrians. Crosswalks may or may not have traffic signals indicated walk or don’t work, but most designated crosswalks are indicated by solid white lines stretching across the roadway from one street corner to another.
However, many pedestrians do not always walk in indicated crosswalks. This is called jaywalking and it is illegal in New York City under Traffic Code Section 1150. Jaywalkers may be partially at fault in an accident. Additionally, drivers who walk against the light—walking across the street against a red light—may at least we partially to blame for an accident. However, because New York is a pure comparative fault state, damages recovered in a lawsuit are reduced by the amount of responsibility (liability) the pedestrian had in the accident.
If a pedestrian was injured crossing the street in a reasonably safe manner and did not intentionally jump in front of a car or do something else intentionally reckless or against good judgment, they may be able to be compensated for their injuries. Contact a New York crosswalk accident lawyer of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling (212) 779-0057 today if you have any questions or need legal advice.
The following are some of the causes that frequently lead to pedestrian motor vehicle accidents in New York:
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Distracted drivers (such as those texting and on cell phones)
- Poor visibility (such as night time driving)
- Failure to adhere to traffic signals
- Failure to yield to pedestrians
- Failure to signal when turning
- Poor weather or driving conditions
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
If you were the victim of a traffic accident due to a motor vehicle’s negligence, you may be able to file a claim against the negligent driver. While some pedestrians are lucky enough to walk away with just a few scratches, far too many other drivers sustain devastating and severe injuries that require life-long, expensive medical care.
Common pedestrian accident injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Breaks to the hip or pelvic bones
- Broken bones
- Concussions and other head injuries
- Damage to internal organs and rib cage
- Head injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Leg injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Severe lacerations, cuts, bumps, and bruises
- Shattered bones
- Spinal cord damage
- Torn ligaments
Even a seemingly minor accident may cause more serious complications months or years down the road, so it is essential to seek medical care following the accident to ensure that you do not have more severe unknown injuries or internal bleeding that are not visible. These medical records are also important to obtain when pursuing a legal case against the careless or negligent driver in the future.
You May Be Able to Recover Damages for Your Crosswalk Accident
If you or your loved ones have been hit by a car, truck, bus or another vehicle while crossing a street in New York or New York City, you may be able to recover damages due to:
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Lost limbs
- Permanent injury or disability
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Medical bills incurred
- Wrongful death
- Funeral costs
Luckily, the State of New York is a no-fault state. This means that insurance companies are responsible for paying for your medical bills and loss of income after a motor vehicle driver hits a pedestrian. If an insurance company denies your claim or minimize your legitimate claim, you still may be able to recover money due to your injuries, pain, suffering, or losses.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine if you have a case against a careless or negligent motor vehicle driver for injuries sustained. Contact a New York pedestrian accident victim lawyer of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling (212) 779-0057 today if you have any questions or need legal advice. Our lawyers are experienced at understanding the complicated vehicle and traffic laws in New York and understanding your legal rights after a personal injury.
We have received millions of dollars for clients who were pedestrians that were struck by cars, trucks, buses, and other motor vehicles in New York. Our notable awards related to pedestrian accident cases include:
- $2.3 million dollar jury verdict for a pedestrian struck by a New York City Transit Authority Bus
- $1.5 million dollar settlement for man struck by a motor vehicle
Our attorneys have been able to successfully obtain personal injury awards worth millions of dollars for other injured New Yorkers who suffered injuries in crosswalk accidents and may be able to do the same for you when you’ve been injured in a crosswalk accident. Contact a New York personal injury attorney of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling (212) 779-0057 today.