Pedestrian Accident in New York City
There are few accidents as frightening as a car accident with a pedestrian. When you've been involved in a pedestrian accident you need to hire someone that can help. Michael Redenburg is an experienced Manhattan pedestrian accident lawyer. He has handled many different pedestrian accident cases. These accidents involve serious injuries because pedestrians are at a disadvantage compared to vehicles. We know that this can be a stressful time, which is why we recommend that you hire a skilled attorney to represent you. An experienced attorney knows how to research your case and get you the compensation that you deserve.
Pedestrian accidents happen all the time in New York City
New York City is a city that never sleeps, so there are always pedestrians and cars traveling on the roads. In fact, pedestrians are constantly entering these busy streets, making pedestrian accidents incredibly common. With these accidents, it can be hard to figure out where to start. You don't have to be alone. Hire an experienced attorney that will help you through the process. In fact, we recommend contacting an attorney as soon as you have received medical attention for your injuries.
We know that you are going to have a lot of questions following your accident. Who do you need to talk to about compensation; will you be able to get a big enough settlement to cover all of your expenses? We work tirelessly to get you fair compensation for all of your injuries, damages, and other losses. In a pedestrian accident, there are substantial injuries. You should be focused on your recovery instead of having to worry about money. There are many situations where victims of these accidents suffer from delays in their case. You can't afford to wait when you have medical bills to pay. An attorney can help you navigate the process to ensure that a delay doesn't jeopardize your settlement.
How common are pedestrian accidents in NYC?
New York City is the number one city in the country for pedestrian accidents. In fact, the highest number of fatalities in automotive accidents occur where a pedestrian is involved.
What happens if you are injured in a pedestrian accident in NYC?
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, you must first contact the police. You need to have a report filed because insurance companies are going to need this to complete your claim. Then, you need to go to a doctor to evaluate your injuries. We recommend that you go to the doctor as soon as possible because it shows that you are taking your injuries seriously. Finally, you should contact an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer to handle your case. You can handle your case on your own, but you could potentially miss out on a higher settlement.
What else should I do at the scene of the accident?
After you contact the police, you should gather evidence. Make sure you switch information with everyone involved in the accident. Then, take pictures with your cell phone. Make a note of the weather conditions and get the information of any witnesses. It's ok if you forgot to get this information, but it will help your attorney speed through the process of building your case. An experienced attorney will know how to investigate your accident to build you the strongest case.
What are some of the causes of pedestrian accidents in NYC
Just like an accident, a pedestrian accident occurs because of negligence. In these accidents, either the pedestrian or the driver of the vehicle is at fault. It is up to your attorney to prove who is responsible for your accident. Some of the main causes of pedestrian accidents we've handle involve drivers:
- That is distracted
- Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Not paying attention to signage or traffic lights
- Traveling too fast for conditions
What kind of pedestrian accidents have you handled?
There are many accidents that occur with pedestrians, but we have found that there are three common cases:
Pedestrians are hit in intersections: Cars do not pay attention when pedestrians have the right of way. However, there are also cases where pedestrians aren't paying attention and step out into traffic without a traffic light.
Hit and Run: These accidents happen more than we'd like to see. Cars hit pedestrians and speed off back into traffic. An experienced lawyer will fully investigate your accident to determine who is responsible. This can include checking security cameras and interviewing witnesses
Texting accidents: Drivers are distracted by texting on their phones and end up running into pedestrians.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, we want to help. Contact us today to set up an appointment to discuss the details of your case.
Nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the U.S. in 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Adinistration (NHTSA). In New York City alone, more than half of the traffic fatalities in a recent year were pedestrians. If you or your loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, call Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. We serve as tough advocates for injured people in New York City.
Why Choose Us?
- We handle all pedestrian accident cases on a contingency fee basis, so there is no cost to you unless we win your case.
- Our attorneys have more than a decade of experience representing clients in the NYC area.
- We are committed to protecting your best interests and will not settle your case for less than what we consider to be fair.
Facts about Pedestrian Accidents
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) 5,987 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2016, accounting for 16% of the nation's total traffic fatalities. The state of New York had a pedestrian fatality rate of 1.61 per 100,000 population in 2016, as compared to the highest rate of 3.45 in New Mexico and the lowest rate of 0.68 in Nebraska.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in a recent year:
- 70,000 pedestrians were injured
- 74% of pedestrian accidents occurred at night
- 70% of pedestrian fatalities were male
- Age groups 20 to 24 and 15 to 19 had the highest total pedestrian injury rates
- 48% of fatal pedestrian accidents involved alcohol consumption by the driver or the pedestrian
- 90% of pedestrian fatalities occurred in crashes involving a single vehicle
- Pedestrians killed in single-vehicle crashes were most likely to be struck by the front of the vehicle
- 19% of fatal pedestrian accidents involved hit-and-run drivers
New York City Pedestrian Accident Statistics
The NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts sheet compares pedestrian fatalities in a recent year in major cities with populations of 500,000 or greater. Pedestrian deaths (131) accounted for more than half (54.4%) of all traffic fatalities in NYC (241). New York City's pedestrian fatality rate per 100,000 population was 1.53, as compared to a total traffic fatality rate of 2.82.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Every year, hundreds of pedestrians are injured or killed in NYC motor vehicle accidents. Pedestrians are unprotected and vulnerable to serious injury when hit by a 3,000 to 4,000 pound moving motor vehicle. Many serious pedestrian accidents are caused by negligent driving behavior, such as:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Running traffic signals
- Failing to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks when making a turn
- On February 11, 2019, a 70-year-old pedestrian in New York City was struck by an MTA Q44 bus as she crossed the street at Second Avenue and East 36th Street in the Murray Hill section of NYC. The bus dragged the pedestrian down the street before coming to a stop on her left foot.
- On February 15, 2019, a pedestrian was struck and killed by an Approved Oil truck in the Murray Hill section of New York City. The driver of the oil rig remained on the scene and was issued a Desk Appearance ticket for failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care.
Contact Our New York City Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Today!
If you or your loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver, our experienced personal injury lawyers at Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. can help you pursue compensation for your losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We are committed to representing injured people in New York City. Call us today for a consultation to find out how we can help and what damages you can recover.