Have you been injured in a Bronx pedestrian accident? You may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries. A Bronx pedestrian accident attorney from Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, PC, can help you recover damages for your medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. Call our law office to arrange a free consultation today.
How Our Bronx Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help After a Pedestrian Accident
Pedestrian accidents are an ongoing safety problem in New York. When a person on foot is struck by a car, truck, or motorcycle, the injured victim can sustain catastrophic or fatal injuries. Following a car accident that involves a pedestrian, injured victims need to know their rights, options, and available resources.
At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our Bronx pedestrian accident attorneys are serious about fighting for justice for people injured in pedestrian accidents.
If you are dealing with the physical pain, stress, and financial strain of a pedestrian accident, we can help you get the maximum, full and fair compensation that you deserve under New York law.
We’ll fight for you by:
- Coordinating an investigation into your pedestrian accident
- Consulting with experts as we build and value your case
- Neutralize efforts to reduce the value of your claim by pinning blame on you
- Handling all conversations with insurance companies and negligent parties
- Negotiating to secure a fair settlement on your behalf
- Litigating your case before a jury, if necessary
Do not hesitate to contact us today. Call us at 212-969-8606 to schedule your case evaluation. If we represent you, we will not charge any legal fees unless we recover money for you.
New York Pedestrian Accident Statistics
In December 2019, NYC increased traffic enforcement after six pedestrians were killed within 72 hours.
Historically, the time around Christmas and New Years is one of the deadliest times of the year for pedestrian injuries and fatalities. It is also the time of year with the fewest daylight hours of the year.
The state of New York has provided the following statistics about pedestrian accidents:
- More than 25% of car accident fatalities involve pedestrians
- More than 300 pedestrians are killed each year in New York
- More than 15,000 pedestrians are hit by a car and injured each year in New York
- More than 3,000 people are hospitalized for pedestrian accident injuries each year.
Young children and elderly adults are the most vulnerable to pedestrian injuries and death. They are slower moving and may be more difficult to see. Passenger cars are not the only vehicles to strike pedestrians. We see reports frequently of pedestrians being struck by box trucks, motorcycles, and even police cars and Revel scooters in the Bronx. These accidents are tragic because they are almost always preventable.
Dangerous Roads and Intersections in the Bronx
There are 791 miles of road in the 42 square miles of the Bronx, and 6,438 intersections. Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable on congested streets, as drivers hurry through their commutes and often speed up to avoid a long wait at an intersection. Intersections like East Fordham Road and Webster Avenue are frequently spotlighted as accident hotspots.
NYC’s 2015 “Vision Zero” identified 46 priority intersections in the Bronx:
- E 170 St & Grand Concourse
- Hunts Pt Ave & Bruckner Blvd
- University Ave & W Fordham Rd
- E Tremont Ave & Crotona Av
- Thwaites Pl & Boston Rd
- Grand Concourse & Monroe Ave & E Tremont Av
- W Fordham Rd & Grand Av
- E 233 St & Grenada Pl & Baychester Av
- White Plains Rd & Morris Park Av
- Corsa Ave & Boston Rd
- Metropolitan Ave & Wood Ave & Parkchester Rd
- Morris Ave & E 149 St
- White Plains Rd & E Gun Hill Rd
- 3 Ave & Willis Ave & Melrose Ave
- Westchester Ave & Prospect Ave & Longwood Ave
- E Burnside Ave & Grand Concourse
- Southern Blvd & Boston Rd & E 174 St
- University Ave & W Kingsbridge Rd
- Willis Ave & E 138 St
- Story Ave & White Plains Rd
- Grand Concourse & E 149 St
- Prospect Ave & E 163 St
- Westchester Ave & Morrison Ave
- Westchester Ave & Castle Hill Ave
- E 183 St & Grand Concourse
- E Tremont Ave & Southern Blvd
- E Kingsbridge Rd & Grand Concourse
- E 138 St & Cypress Ave
- W 183 St & Dr M L King Jr Blvd
- Wheeler Ave & Westchester Ave
- Webster Ave & E Gun Hill Rd
- Park Ave & E 149 St
- Grand Concourse & E Fordham Rd
- Southern Blvd & E 179 St
- E Tremont Ave & Prospect Ave
- E 233 St & Bronx Blvd
- 3 Ave & E 143 St
- E Gun Hill Rd & Reservoir Pl & Perry Ave
- E 138 St & Bruckner Blvd
- Webster Ave & E 176 St
- White Plains Rd & E 212 St
- Boston Rd & Pelham Pkwy N
- E 182 St & Grand Concourse
- Bronx Blvd & E 222 St
- Williamsbridge Rd & Neill Ave
- Prospect Ave & E 155 St & Dawson St.
These intersections account for approximately 1% of all the borough’s intersections. Each had three or more accidents reporting injuries or fatalities. If you were injured in a car vs. pedestrian accident at one of these or any other Bronx intersection, contact the experienced Bronx pedestrian accident attorneys at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C.
Rights and Responsibilities as a Pedestrian in the Bronx
If you walk the streets in the Bronx, you should know your rights and responsibilities as a pedestrian. All drivers in New York have a duty to look out for you, and you also have a duty to look out for them. Under New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law (“V&T Law”), pedestrians or vehicle drivers may be liable for accidents.
Some of the laws which may impact pedestrians include:
- §1142: Vehicle entering stop or yield intersection
- §1146: Drivers to exercise due care
- §1150: Pedestrians subject to traffic regulations
- §1151-a: Pedestrians’ right of way on sidewalks
- §1156: Pedestrians on roadways.
According to the state of New York, the most frequent driver violations that contribute to accidents include failing to yield, disregarding signs/signals, speeding, being distracted by a cell phone, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If the driver of a vehicle caused your accident and injuries, they may be financially liable.
Common Types of Pedestrian Accident Injuries
The risk of permanent injury following a pedestrian accident is significant. Some of the common injuries we see following a pedestrian accident include:
- Head injury: Being hit by a car can cause a concussion, facial fracture, or traumatic brain injury. These injuries may be permanent or require lengthy hospitalization and months of rest, medication, surgery, and physical, occupational, and cognitive therapy.
- Soft tissue injuries: If you dive out of the way to avoid being struck, you may suffer a strain, sprain, or muscle tear. These injuries can be extremely painful and sometimes are long-term.
- Broken bones: Fractures to arms, shoulders, hands, wrists, legs, knees, ankles, and feet are common injuries when a pedestrian is struck and thrown.
- Spinal cord injuries: This devastating injury causes temporary or permanent changes to the spinal cord’s normal motor, sensory, or autonomic function. Complete paralysis of the limbs from a spinal cord injury is referred to as Tetraplegia.
The faster a vehicle is traveling, the greater the severity of an injury or likelihood of fatality. According to the state of New York’s pedestrian injury data, only one out of ten people who is hit by a vehicle going 40 mph or more will survive.
Recovering Damages for Pedestrian Accident Injuries in New York
Survivors of pedestrian accidents may be entitled to significant compensation for their medical expenses, hospitalization, surgeries, and therapies.
If an accident causes you to be unable to work, you may recover damages for your lost earnings and future loss of earning capacity. Finally, pain and suffering damages may be available.
If an accident is fatal, a wrongful death claim can compensate family members for final medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, lost earnings, and loss of love and companionship.
What to Do Following a Bronx Pedestrian Accidents
Taking the following steps after an accident can help preserve your legal rights:
Preserve Evidence: Document the Accident
The scene of a pedestrian accident can be chaotic and stressful. You should first contact the police and request law enforcement respond to the scene and take a police report. But do not stop there. Gather as much evidence as possible.
Because pedestrians are so vulnerable to injuries, they may be catastrophically injured. If you are unable to take photographs yourself, ask a friend, witness, or bystander to take photos and videos of the accident scene, people, and vehicles involved.
The more evidence you have, the better. Collect contact information for the driver and witnesses. Note the time of the accident and location.
Get Medical Attention: Seek Treatment For Your Injuries
This second step is in part, a continuation of the first step. Going to the hospital documents your injuries and establishes a documented link between the incident and you being hurt. Of course, seeing a doctor is also necessary for your health and well-being. If you are not admitted to the hospital, your treating doctor may recommend that you go to your primary care provider or a specialist.
You may also need to get diagnostic imaging done, like X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. Do not put off any recommended tests.
When you file an insurance claim later, your medical record will be important evidence.
Consult with an Experienced Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in New York
Contacting a lawyer promptly following an accident has many benefits:
- Your lawyer can promptly investigate your potential claim and determine how you were
- Your lawyer can ensure you are treated fairly and not victimized by an insurance company.
- Your lawyer can also ensure you are connected with medical specialists who can document the full extent of your injuries.
You will also need to report the accident to your insurance company. However, if the accident just occurred, speaking to an attorney first may be beneficial. Your attorney can help you maximize the value of your claim and avoid doing things that could hurt your claim, such as providing a recorded statement to the insurance company or posting on social media about your accident.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Bronx Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., we offer a free consultation following a Bronx pedestrian accident. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients and are here to help you. Contact us today to speak with a Bronx pedestrian accident lawyer. We look forward to speaking with you.