A pedestrian is killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in a car crash somewhere in the United States. Many times the victim was doing nothing wrong at the time. They were simply walking, jogging, hiking, playing, crossing a street, standing on a sidewalk, carrying groceries or pushing a baby stroller when disaster struck.
In a collision between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian, the pedestrian almost always loses.
A total of 4,432 pedestrians were killed by cars in 2011 alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities.
Another 70,000 pedestrians suffered injuries such as:
- Broken bones
- Injuries to the tibia or femur
- Torn cartilage and tendons
- Traumatic brain injury
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Herniated discs
- Internal injuries to the kidney, spleen, liver or other organs
- Mental distress
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Wrongful death.
If you or a family member has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you should consult a lawyer without delay. But be sure to choose the right one. Pedestrian accidents can involve complex issues of fact and liability. It takes a trained and experienced New York | New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyer to investigate what happened, identify all responsible parties and take proper legal action so that you receive maximum financial compensation.
The law firm of Ginarte, O’Dwyer, Gonzalez, Gallardo, & Winograd, L.L.P., is offering free and confidential case evaluations for pedestrian accident victims and their families. Call 1-888-GINARTE (1-888-446-2783) or use this online contact form to get started with your pedestrian injury claim today.
Pedestrian Accidents in New York and New Jersey
Anyone can be involved in a pedestrian accident, but statistics show that young people and the elderly are most vulnerable. Children are struck by cars while walking to and from school. A senior citizen can be run over while trying to cross a busy street.
Almost three out of every four pedestrian fatalities occur in urban areas (72 percent). New York is one of the top four states for pedestrian deaths.
Often the cause of a pedestrian accident is driver negligence or inattention.
Here are some common examples:
- Failure to yield the right of way at an intersection
- Ignoring a stop sign or traffic signal
- Reckless driving
- Failure to stop when a school bus arm is extended
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Attempting a dangerous passing maneuver
- Running a red light
- Failure to look both ways before turning right at a crosswalk
- Texting, talking on the phone or driving while otherwise distracted
- Backing into a person in a parking lot
- Sideswiping someone on the shoulder of the road.
Even a relatively slow-moving vehicle can cause severe injuries or death to a pedestrian. The New York | New Jersey pedestrian injury attorneys at the Ginarte law firm represent people who have been struck by cars, trucks, delivery vehicles, commercial vehicles, buses, taxi cabs, and all forms of public transportation.
We have more than 150 years of combined experience going up against negligent drivers and their insurance companies. We understand how to locate insurance policies and maximize coverage. We know how to win your case.
Get a New York Pedestrian Accident Attorney on Your Side
If you or a loved one has been in a pedestrian accident, it is important to call us immediately. Strict time limits apply to all pedestrian claims. Failure to take legal action before the deadline could mean that your right to recovery is forever barred.
The skilled team of pedestrian accident lawyers at the Ginarte law firm could be able to help you recover money for hospital expenses, doctor bills, rehabilitation therapy, lost income, pain and suffering and more.
Call 1-888-GINARTE (1-888-446-2783) or use this online contact form for your free pedestrian injury claim consultation today. Or visit one of our offices in Newark, New York, Union City, Elizabeth, Perth Amboy, Clifton and Queens.