Washington Heights Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
A walk that was part of your everyday routine almost ended your life when you became a pedestrian accident victim. In a way, you were fortunate because so many pedestrians do not survive their injuries. Now you must focus on recovering from severe injuries and rebuilding your life.
Do not try to deal with the driver’s insurance company on your own. They will almost certainly make you a lowball offer. You may have months or years of medical treatment ahead of you, including rehabilitation. You need an attorney who will protect your rights and negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company. The New York City pedestrian accident lawyers at Douglas and London will hold the driver who hit you, and any other party involved accountable. We will help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
In New York, approximately half of all traffic fatalities involve pedestrians. According to the CDC, alcohol was involved in almost half of all these accidents resulting in death, either on the part of the driver or the accident victim.
The majority of pedestrian accident deaths occur in urban areas, at night, and at non-intersections. Not surprisingly, the higher the speed of the vehicle, the more likely the accident will result in serious injury or death. In New York City, the primary causes of pedestrian accidents are failure to yield and distracted driving.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries
These injuries are often catastrophic which involve the head, spine, or spinal column. They can result in lifelong or long-term disability. Other common pedestrian accident injuries include:
- Crush injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Multiple fractures
Accident victims may require extended hospital stays, physical therapy, and multiple surgeries. If a person succumbs to their injuries, a pedestrian accident lawyer will discuss the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit with family members.
A pedestrian accident can happen to anyone anywhere, but there are ways to keep yourself safe. Avoid walking at night, but if you must, always wear reflective clothing and keep a flashlight handy. Stay situationally aware by not staring at your cellphone as you walk or wearing earbuds affecting hearing. Always walk on the sidewalk instead of in the road. Cross at crosswalks or intersections, rather than in the middle of the street.
Contact our team of Washington Heights Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
If this has happened to you, you need the services of a dedicated pedestrian accident attorney at Douglas and London. To arrange a free consultation, complete our online form or call or text us 24/7. After reviewing your claim, we will advise you of your options. Personal injury cases are taken on a contingency basis, so there is never a fee unless you receive compensation. Our experienced lawyers have recovered more than $4 billion for clients in verdicts and settlements. Hablamos Español.