There are millions of pedestrians walking the streets of New York City every year. In New York City, there are hundreds of pedestrians that are injured or killed due to motor vehicle accidents every year. In the past few years, there have been hundreds of individuals who have been killed in New York City due to pedestrian accidents. The New York State government reported that an estimated 8% of traffic accidents in New York are pedestrian related, and these type of accidents pose a higher risk of injury or death. In New York City, pedestrian accidents are responsible for 72% of total vehicle accidents with 59% resulting in pedestrian deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2012:
69% of pedestrians that were killed in an accidents were males;
34% of all incidents that involve a pedestrian being killed happened in urban areas;
32% of incidents that involve a pedestrian fatality happened between 8:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.;
34% of pedestrians that were killed had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher.
In New York, there are laws set in place to protect pedestrians who are victims of accidents. With pedestrian accidents, it is important to have an experienced attorney who is knows about New York State Vehicle and Traffic Laws and New York City Traffic Rules. Furthermore, an individual who is a victim of a pedestrian accident will also need an attorney who understands the New York City Traffic Rules and Regulations that are set in place by the New York City Department of Transportation.
Pedestrian Laws in New York
In New York, the law states that both pedestrians and motorists are capable of engaging in behavior that can result in a collision. The state pedestrian law in New York is explained by the State of New York Department of Motor Vehicles.
According to the State of New York Department of Motor Vehicles, drivers must:
exercise caution and care to prevent and avoid a collision with a pedestrian;
always yield to pedestrians who are walking through crosswalks;
stop or slow down prior to passing a vehicle that is stopped in a travel lane until the driver can tell if the other vehicle is yielding for a pedestrian;
when a school crossing guard is present, a driver should stop until all individuals, which include the crossing guard, safely clear the road.
According to pedestrian laws, pedestrians must:
always use the sidewalk, closest sidewalk, pedestrian bridge, or tunnel whenever possible;
adhere to all traffic control devices;
always walk on the left side of the road facing traffic if no sidewalk is available;
do not diagonally cross and intersection unless the intersection is structured this way.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in New York
New York City is a busy city where pedestrians are always out. Although there are many causes that can lead to a pedestrian accident, common reasons are when a driver:
fails to check for pedestrians at crosswalks;
does not stop at stop signs or red lights;
texts while driving;
makes turns and does not pay attention to their surrounding;
drives under the influence.
What to do if You Have Been Involved in a Pedestrian Accident
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, then it is vital to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. It is also important for an injured pedestrian to contact his or her insurance company to see how medical treatment will be covered under the insurance policy. In most cases, insurance policies have special provisions when it comes to pedestrians who are injured in an accident.
After you have been treated for your injuries, the next step is to contact an experienced attorney who can help you get financial compensation by starting an insurance claim. If you have suffered from major injuries, then it can be difficult to handle without legal representation. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, then contact us for a consultation. A trusted Queens pedestrian accident attorney can provide you with information and help you get started with the recovery process.