New York Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Despite walking with care and caution, pedestrians are at the mercy of the cars and trucks on the road. While pedestrians aren’t involved in accidents as often as drivers, pedestrians are much more likely to be seriously injured or killed in an accident with a car, and accidents involving pedestrians are often the fault of negligent drivers rather than the pedestrian. If you were involved in a pedestrian accident in the Hudson Valley, you may have a claim for damages against the driver who injured you. A pedestrian accident lawyer at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello can help provide representation for pedestrians hurt in accidents with trucks and cars.
New York law on Pedestrians and Motorists
In the state of New York, drivers are almost always obligated to yield the right of way to pedestrians. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always occur. One major cause of pedestrian accidents and injuries is speeding on behalf of the drivers, and an inability to brake in time to avoid striking pedestrians. Drivers also fail to check for pedestrians when turning at intersections or when approaching pedestrian crosswalks. Distractions to drivers such as texting while driving, driving while intoxicated, or construction on streets can result in serious injuries to pedestrians.
Other causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Limited visibility
- Failure to stop at stop signs or red lights
- Dangerous or illegal turns
- Lack of safe sidewalk, forcing pedestrians into the street
Pedestrian accidents are almost always avoidable, had the driver been exercising an appropriate amount of care and attention while driving. Pedestrian accidents can result in high medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost work, pain and suffering, and even emotional trauma.
Legal Help is Available for New York Pedestrian Accidents
If you have been injured in an accident as a pedestrian, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the negligent driver that hit you. Contact the Kingston pedestrian accident lawyers at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello for a consultation, at 845-236-4411.