One of New York’s popular characteristics is the ability of its residents to commute to work, school, and other daily activities without the use of motorized vehicles. Residents and visitors can safely travel from one end of town to the other on foot or using public transportation systems. Unfortunately, crowded areas mixed with high volume traffic can be a deadly combination for pedestrians. New York pedestrian accidents and fatality rates have increased at alarming rates in the last three years. An article by The New York Times states that a pedestrian is killed, on average, every three days.
If you or a loved one suffers severe injuries as a pedestrian due to someone else’s negligence, you can seek to recover compensation with the help of an experienced pedestrian injury attorney at Lever & Ecker, PLLC. Our lawyers have the experience and knowledge to represent you throughout the course of your legal dispute. We can hold the other party accountable for the harm they inflict. Contact our team as soon as possible to discuss the details of your pedestrian accident claim.
It is hard to believe that a serious accident can happen until it is too late. Even if you take all the necessary precautions to keep yourself safe as a pedestrian, another person’s careless decision can change your life forever. Some of the common ways a pedestrian accident can occur in Westchester County, New York include:
Whether a person is late to work or dropping off a package, there is never a reason to break the rules of the road and put others in danger. Speeding is a leading cause of accidents, as an increased speed causes drivers to have less control and reaction time before a collision. If a driver speeds around a corner, for example, they may not have time to stop themselves from hitting a pedestrian walking across the road.
There never seems to be enough time in the day. While doing the laundry as you make dinner can save time, one place where you should never multitask is behind the wheel. Phone calls, changing the radio station, and looking back at passengers can cause you to take your eyes off the road. Even if it is just for a split second, distractions can cause life-threatening accidents.
When a person is under the influence of drugs or alcohol while driving, they have far less control over their body and can unknowingly cause a serious accident. The substance alters the body’s physical state, which can hinder motor skills and cause a person to become unaware of their surroundings.
Long hours at work or leaving a friend’s house at night can mean driving home exhausted. While you may not be able to control what time to leave an event or job, you do have the ability to decide whether or not you are safe to drive. If a person is too exhausted to drive, they can pull over to the side, ask someone to drive them home or contact a taxi or rideshare service.
Turning without stopping and running stop signs are examples of drivers’ disregarding traffic rules that promote safety. When a driver disregards these rules, they risk their own life and the lives of others on the road. If a pedestrian is walking across the street and a car runs into them because the driver did not properly stop their vehicle, the driver can almost always be held responsible for the damages the other party suffers.
Pedestrian accidents are stressful and overwhelming, and can be life-changing. A top-notch pedestrian attorney can pursue your legal claim on your behalf, and provide trustworthy legal advice.
Pedestrians are vulnerable to severe injuries because of their exposure to vehicles and other outside elements. Individuals struck by vehicles at high speeds can suffer harm from the initial impact and by colliding with another object during the accident. Due to these factors, pedestrians can suffer severe injuries, including:
In addition to the injuries, treatment costs, hospital fees, and other financial losses you suffer in an accident, such as lost income from missed work, can significantly impact your life. No one should have to contend with this process alone. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, contact experienced legal counsel as soon as possible.
In just a split second, your life – or the life of a loved one – can change forever. While you can feel discouraged and overwhelmed, our team of experienced lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC has over 65 years of combined experience advocating for the rights of our clients all across New York. We possess the tools and resources necessary to provide you with the legal representation you can trust. We tailor our practice to fit your needs because we believe every person and case is unique. You can rely on our client-oriented services to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
If you are interested in talking with one of our attorneys, call (914) 288-9191 or (718) 933-3632 and fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation today.
Tragic bus collision involving pedestrian in crosswalk, causing catastrophic injuries which ultimately resulted in pedestrian’s wrongful death two weeks later. Lever & Ecker, PLLC, was able to obtain $12 million in compensation on behalf of the pedestrian’s surviving family. Not only was this settlement (the specific terms of which are confidential) one of the largest personal injury settlements in New York in 2020, we were able to resolve the case at an early stage, allowing the family to obtain a measure of closure and avoid the trauma of reliving the experience in court.