January 16, 2021
Winter Pedestrian Accidents in New York City
By Jonathan Damashek
New York City is known to have snowy streets and icy sidewalks during the winter months. Although some accidents cannot be prevented in these conditions, you can take some preventative actions to avoid an injury.
If you or a loved one is injured in a pedestrian accident in New York City, you need a team of experienced attorneys who know how to get you compensation from those who are responsible.
What Makes Winter Conditions Dangerous for Pedestrians?
Pedestrians are at risk when they walk near motor vehicles, especially in New York City, where there is a lot of traffic. Rough weather conditions during the winter pose even more danger than average for pedestrians in the city.
When cars drive on icy roads, they risk sliding into people who are walking nearby. Whether a vehicle slides onto the sidewalk or cannot stop and slips across an intersection, they are responsible for any injuries they cause to pedestrians.
Who Is Responsible for Winter Pedestrian Accidents?
Ice and snow on the roads and sidewalks can cause serious accidents, and it can be hard to know who is responsible. In some situations, there may be more than one accountable person. You should work with a pedestrian accident lawyer to determine the at-fault parties in your case to hold them responsible.
A Motor Vehicle May Be To Blame
If you were hit by a car, truck, or SUV, then the motor vehicle may be at fault. Pedestrians often have the right of way, especially if there is a crosswalk or traffic signal in the “walk” phase. Drivers may think they can turn right on red or rush across an intersection, but they must give pedestrians the proper right of way.
If a motor vehicle driver is responsible for your pedestrian accident, you can file a claim with their insurance company. Insurance claims can be complicated. You must present evidence that their insured violated New York law by not giving you the right of way. Our team of attorneys knows how to prove that the driver is at fault and you deserve compensation.
Property Owners May Be at Fault
If you slip and fall on a sidewalk or in a parking lot during the winter months, the property owner may be to blame. Property owners must maintain safe spaces for their invitees, customers, and others who visit their premises.
If a property owner is at fault, you may have a premises liability case. However, these cases can be difficult because they can claim they didn’t have time to clear the ice and snow or did not know the danger. Work with our attorneys to file a property insurance claim.
Call Our NYC Pedestrian Accident Lawyers for Help
If you or a loved one are injured in a pedestrian accident in New York City, you need an experienced team of attorneys on your side.