Manhattan Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Manhattan is a city famous for its walkability. Unfortunately, the flip side is that pedestrian accidents are quite common. Of all five boroughs, Manhattan has the highest number of these accidents—which can change your life forever.
The majority occur because a driver failed to yield to someone walking or running, or the driver was distracted. In those milliseconds before impact, life as you had known it– was over. Now, you must cope with recovering from serious injury while worrying about how you will pay your bills or support your family. Do not despair because help is available.
The New York City pedestrian accident lawyers at Douglas and London will negotiate aggressively with the negligent driver’s insurance company so that you may receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Pedestrian Accidents in Manhattan
Distracted driving and failure to yield are not the only causes of pedestrian accidents. Other reasons for pedestrian accidents include:
- Driving under the influence
- Lane changing
- Poor visibility
- Slippery road or sidewalks
Many pedestrian crashes prove deadly, but those hit by speeding vehicles are most likely to die. The speed limit in Manhattan is 25 miles per hour, and it was specifically lowered in 2014 by 5 mph to protect pedestrians. At 25 mph, drivers have more opportunity to see pedestrians and avoid striking them. Of course, this law is widely flouted, and pedestrians sometimes pay the price with their lives.
Pedestrian Accident Damages
While New York is a no-fault insurance state, many injuries are severe enough that they fall outside of the no-fault limitations. Damages or compensation may include:
- Medical bills, present, and future
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
A victim with permanent injuries may receive compensation for special equipment, home and vehicle modifications, and caregiving services. Much will depend on the specific aspects of the case.
A pedestrian accident lawyer knows that insurance companies do not like to take cases to court. However, some insurance carriers will not agree to a reasonable settlement. In these instances, the case may end up in court. We will thoroughly prepare our clients for trial.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Many pedestrian accident victims die at the scene or succumb to their injuries later. Family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver and any other entities involved in the collision. Wrongful death lawsuits require filing within two years of the death date.
Contact our team of Manhattan Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
If you were the victim of a serious pedestrian accident caused by driver negligence, contact a dedicated Manhattan pedestrian accident attorney at Douglas and London. We offer free consultations, which you may schedule by completing our online form or calling or texting 24/7.
Our experienced attorneys have recovered more than $4 billion for clients in settlements and verdicts. Because we work on a contingency basis, you do not pay a fee unless we win compensation. Hablamos Español.