Bronx Pedestrian Accident Attorney
If you are walking on the streets in New York, Friday afternoons between 3pm and 6pm is the deadliest time to be a pedestrian. 2013 accident statistics show that more than 600 accidents occurred between cars and pedestrians and more than 10 victims lost their lives at that time. Overall, there were 16,432 pedestrian accidents in 2013.
Injuries, Fatalities and Hazards
More than 300 people lost their lives walking in New York and an additional 4,960 suffered severe or moderate injuries. While most of these accidents involved automobiles, motorcycles were involved in slightly more than 100 incidents. The behavior of pedestrians which may have contributed to the accident included 3,375 pedestrian crossing the street without a visible signal or crosswalk resulting in 108 fatalities, more than 5,000 incidents when crossing with a signal and nearly 1,000 that were not in the roadway. In total, there were 395 pedestrians killed in New York during 2013.
Establishing Fault in a Pedestrian Accident
In New York, there is a comparative fault law which means that if both parties are found partially to blame, any final award may be reduced by the amount the victim is at fault. For example, in the case of a pedestrian crossing in an unmarked area and struck by a drunk driver, the determination may be the pedestrian was 20 percent at fault for their injuries. Should there be an award of $200,000, the reward would be reduced by $40,000 and the victim would receive $160,000.
Keep in mind, a personal injury case in New York requires proof that if it were not for the actions or inaction of a third party, the victim would not have suffered the injury.
Types of Compensation Available in Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians have no protection from motor vehicles and when they are struck by a moving car, they are likely to suffer relatively serious injuries. Head trauma including traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding, broken bones and in some cases, death. Victims and their families have a right to be made financially whole.
In a personal injury case where the victim is still living, the person responsible for their injuries can be held financially responsible for all the victim’s medical care including hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation and medication costs. In addition, your pedestrian accident lawyer will work hard to collect compensation for lost wages and other damages as they are able to collect.
New York’s No Fault Insurance
Because New York operates as a no-fault insurance state, victims of a bike accident involving a car can file within 30 days of their accident to recover medical expenses and lost wages. Because of the short period of time that is allowed, it is strongly recommended that an attorney be contacted as soon after an accident as possible. Time is of the essence in all personal injury cases.
Most of us do not think twice about stepping out of our home and going for a walk. However, because there are bad drivers on our roadways, there are thousands of accidents annually involving pedestrians. If you have suffered an injury in an accident in the Bronx as a pedestrian or you have lost a loved one who was merely walking and was subsequently struck by a car, contact Attorney Ivan M. Diamond right away. As an experienced Bronx pedestrian accident lawyer, I will make sure that someone is there to advocate on your behalf and help you recover financially.
The Law Offices of Ivan M. Diamond888 Grand Concourse #1L Bronx, NY 10451 Phone: (718) 588-2000 Ivan M. Diamond is available for home and hospital visits, as well as weekend and evening appointments.
How Can We Help?