NYC Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

New York City has one of the highest rates of pedestrian accidents in the nation. In the first eight months of 2020, 3,525 pedestrian injuries were reported, along with 47 deaths caused by vehicle knockdowns. Pedestrians have rights in NYC, and when negligent drivers cause injury or death, victims deserve to be justly compensated.

Determining fault in these cases is often contentious, requiring the experience and resources of a New York City pedestrian accident attorney. The legal team of Douglas & London fights to make sure our clients get the money damages they deserve after a senseless pedestrian accident. We have a long track record of success handling complex injury claims and a reputation for providing compassionate and steadfast advocacy. 

We understand that victims of pedestrian knockdowns need many kinds of support as they recover from their injuries. Our New York personal injury lawyers are dedicated to seeking maximum compensation from all liable parties. We know how to play hardball with insurance companies that try to pay out only the bare minimum.

When your livelihood and health are on the line after being hit by a car, truck, or negligent motorist, it pays to have Douglas & London attorneys in your corner.

Leading causes of pedestrian car accidents

Pedestrians in New York City’s five boroughs must follow traffic signs, crosswalk signals, and pavement markings. However, in the absence of traffic lights or other signals, vehicles must still yield to pedestrians.

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has evaluated years of data on pedestrian and vehicle accidents. The following are the leading causes of pedestrian-vehicle injuries and fatalities in the City:

  • Distracted driving
  • Failure to yield the right of way to pedestrians
  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Low visibility due to inclement weather or darkness

Most pedestrian accident claims depend heavily on evidence collected from the scene, which is why prompt investigations are crucial. Our attorneys review police reports, surveillance from traffic cameras, cell phone records, dashcam footage, and enlist the expertise of accident reconstruction specialists to prove liability.

Common pedestrian accident injuries

Human bodies are no match for passenger sedans, trucks, and buses. Pedestrians who do survive an accident with a motor vehicle are likely to suffer serious and life-threatening injuries. Here at Douglas & London, we leave no stone unturned when seeking meaningful compensation for our client’s accident injuries, including:

  • Broken bones, including the femur, hip, and pelvis
  • Head trauma
  • Nerve damage
  • Crushing injury
  • Loss of limb
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Disfiguring lacerations
  • Burns
  • Herniated discs
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Concussion and traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Paralysis

Victims who were hospitalized, needed emergency surgery, or have missed substantial time from work,  need a qualified personal injury attorney who can assign a dollar figure that reflects the full impact of the accident, including ongoing costs for recovery and rehabilitation.

Damages available to injury victims

How much is a pedestrian accident claim worth? The amount of compensatory and special damages plaintiffs recover will depend on the type and extent of their injuries, in addition to the liability assigned to the defendant.

Victims who suffered disfiguring or catastrophic injuries are more likely to have higher damages awards that account for their diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life.  

No matter the circumstances of your pedestrian car accident, you can rest assured that Douglas & London will pursue full and fair reparations to which you are entitled, including:

  • Medical and hospital expenses
  • Lost income and benefits
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress and mental anguish
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Expert guidance from NYC pedestrian accident lawyers

New York’s laws require all motorists to come to a full stop at crosswalks and yield the right of way to pedestrians. Hitting a pedestrian in a crosswalk is grounds for civil action when the victim is harmed as a result.

Did you sustain injuries as a pedestrian in Manhattan or any of the NYC boroughs? We encourage you to speak with a personal injury lawyer at Douglas & London about your rights to pursue compensation. Even if you were not in a crosswalk or partially to blame for the collision, you may still have a case.

Don’t let insurance claims adjusters intimidate you into a premature settlement. Our pedestrian accident attorneys can protect your interests and level the playing field. Call today for a no-obligation consultation. We operate on a contingency basis, so you owe nothing until you recover compensation.