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Pedestrian Accident

When Does an Injured Pedestrian Need a New York
Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Over half of all the traffic-related deaths in New York City happen to pedestrians who are hit by a vehicle, and over three fourths of the time, the accident is caused by the driver of a private car. This means that just walking around in New York City can be dangerous, even though it’s considered in general a popular way of getting around town.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, one of the first things that should be done after seeking medical assistance is to call a pedestrian accident lawyer. This should be done even before calling an insurance company and letting your lawyer do the talking is a wise plan. The legal professionals at the Law Offices of G. Oliver Koppell & Associates will help you through the legal maze of suing for compensation while you focus on fully recovering from your injuries sustained after a pedestrian accident.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

According to the New York City Department of Transportation, or DOT, over a third of accidents involving an injury to or the death of a pedestrian is caused by some form of distracted driving, like texting or talking on the phone. Other causes include:

  • Failure to yield – Over a fourth of accidents harming pedestrians involve the failure of a driver to yield to the pedestrian.
  • Speeding – Driving too fast is a major cause of pedestrian accidents that result in death.
  • Pedestrian crossing against the signal – Pedestrians who try to cross a busy street against a signal cause about a fifth of accidents.
  • Drunk driving – Drivers who are inebriated cause a significant number of pedestrian injuries.

The New York City DOT has taken a number of actions to reduce the number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities, but they still happen, and when they do, they’re often serious and debilitating for the victim. It is the case that a victim may be disabled or permanently disfigured as the result of a pedestrian accident and will need life-long care or help with medical expenses after this type of loss.

New York Pedestrian Laws

To make walking safer in New York, both drivers and pedestrians must obey the New York pedestrian laws. These laws are now outlined in the New York City DOT Traffic rules. Pedestrians must cross intersections only at the designated crosswalks and must avoid suddenly walking into the path of an oncoming car. Both drivers and pedestrians must pay attention to the walk/don’t walk pedestrian control signals and must yield to one another accordingly. Drivers must yield to pedestrians when there are no such control signals designated on the roads. Drivers of vehicles must always exercise due care to avoid collisions with a pedestrian.

Call to Schedule a Free Consultation with a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in New York Today

If you have been injured or if a loved one has been killed in a pedestrian accident, call to schedule a free consultation with a pedestrian accident lawyer in New York today. The legal experts at the Law Offices of G. Oliver Koppell & Associates have more than forty years of experience and will help you deal with insurance companies effectively. We understand the traffic laws of New York and will help you get the compensation you need. We serve the cities of Yonkers, Nassau, Westchester, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and surrounding New York communities. Call us at 800-544-0484 and let us give you legal advice you can count on when you need to recover your just compensation for having been in a pedestrian accident in New York.

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