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Collisions Involving Pedestrians

Each year thousands of pedestrians are seriously injured or killed by cars and other motor vehicles. Compared to the number of accidents involving only vehicles, the number of accidents involving a pedestrian and a vehicle is relatively low. However, when a car, truck or bus hits a pedestrian, there is good chance that they pedestrian will be seriously injured or killed. Common injuries for pedestrian victims include a traumatic brain injury, broken or crushed bones, lacerations, internal injuries, a spinal cord injury, some other catastrophic injury. These types of injuries involve long recovery times, with the victim being unable to work for weeks or even months. However, under New York law victims of car accidents have the right to demand compensation from the person whose negligence resulted in the accident. If you are in need of a New York Injury Lawyer because you or a family member was injured in a pedestrian car accident it is important that you contact an experienced Bronx Collisions Involving Pedestrians Accidents Lawyer who will help ensure that the person responsible for your losses is held accountable. In addition, in the course of getting treatment for car accident injuries unfortunately in some cases the victim suffers further injuries at the hands of his or her doctor. If during the course of the treatment for your injuries your doctor commits medical malpractice, the party responsible for your car accident injuries may be required to compensate you for the medical malpractice injury as well.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

While in some cases where a car hits a pedestrian the pedestrian was at fault, in most cases the fault lies with the drivers of motor vehicles. The top causes of such accidents are driers who speed, fail to stop at red lights or stop signs, or fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians in a crosswalk. Another factor related to pedestrian accidents is distracted driving. In such cases the driver does not see the pedestrian step onto the road or the driver drifts to the shoulder or side of the road where the pedestrian is standing because the driver is using his or her cell phone.

Common Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents

When a pedestrian is hit by a car, van, bus or truck, the result is often catastrophic for the pedestrian. There is nothing to protect a pedestrian from the force exerted by the vehicle. As a result pedestrian victims suffer traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and amputations. Sadly, many people who are hit by cars are killed.

Pursuing a Claim

If you or a loved one was hit by a car by a negligent driver under New York law you have the right to pursue a claim against that person for damages. The types of compensation that you may be able to recover:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills including bills from the hospital, your doctors, prescriptions and bills associated with medical equipment
  • Damage to your vehicle
  • Pain and suffering

If a loved was killed after being hit by a car, you may be able to pursue damages through a wrongful death action.

Beware that New York law has a specific time limit for filing a claim in a personal injury case. If you do not file your claim within the time period, you will be forever barred from collecting damages even if your case has merit. In addition, if the party responsible for your injury was a government entity then there are special procedures you must follow to file a claim.

Bronx Collisions Involving Pedestrians Accidents Lawyer

Pedestrian car accidents are complicated. It is not always easy to determine fault. It is important that someone with experience to review all evidence including police reports, witness statements, accident scene photos, and medical reports to determine the events leading up to the accident and to establish fault. If you were injured in a pedestrian car an accident it is critical that you contact an attorney who not only has experience handing car accidents, but is also familiar with the medical issues victims of such accidents experience. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your car accident.

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