The dangers of a pedestrian accident in New York City exceed those of many other urban areas due the drivers’ aggressiveness as they driver through the city’s heavy traffic and may not be alert for pedestrians. But when a driver strikes a pedestrian, the pedestrian almost always incurs more damage and injury than the vehicle. Traffic statistics reveal that 173 pedestrians suffered fatal injuries in these accidents in 2013 compared to 150 in 2012.
According to the NYC Department of Transportation, the reason for the rising increase of pedestrian fatalities is due to these varying factors:
Failure to yield
Failure to obey traffic laws
High number of pedestrians
Lack of countdown signals in dangerous intersections
A serious pedestrian injury caused by an accident can drastically limit your ability to work and adversely affect your quality of life. Less serious injuries may require months of medical treatment and rehabilitation. Your injuries may prevent you from working and earning income during this period. It is important to have a New York pedestrian injury attorney review the facts of your accidents and explain your legal options.
Throughout the city there are numerous uneven and broken sidewalks that pose a risk to pedestrians, especially children and the elderly. A trip and fall accident can mean serious or permanent injuries or death in the right conditions.
The winter months add to the risk for pedestrian injuries. Commuters and taxis who are driving too fast are more likely to slide through slick intersections and be unable to avoid hitting a pedestrian. The winter months are not just a danger to the road, but also on sidewalks which can be covered in slippery ice and snow. In New York, the property owner or manager holds the responsibility to keep sidewalks cleared of snow and ice. If that party fails to maintain the sidewalks outside a store, residence or other location, they may be held accountable for the damages in a claim or lawsuit. Our firm is dedicated to helping you achieve the maximum in compensation or justice.
If you were injured in a pedestrian injury, connect with Hecht, Kleeger, and Damashek at once for more information about filing a claim or lawsuit after a pedestrian accident. Our firm is dedicated to serving the needs of victims and their families. With more than 75 years of combined experience, the attorneys of Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., have devoted their legal practice to the pursuit of justice. The partners from Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., originally came from the largest, most experienced and most profitable personal injury firms in New York State.