NYC Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Were you hit by a reckless driver while you were on foot? Your injuries and accident-related expenses deserve to be compensated, and an NYC pedestrian accident lawyer can help you get the settlement that will allow you to get your life back on track.
Being hit in a crosswalk or while walking in the street can lead to devastating injuries for a pedestrian. If you were the person on foot in one of these accidents, an NYC pedestrian accident lawyer from Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP can protect your rights and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Pedestrian accidents happen so frequently that one pedestrian actually dies every two hours due to being hit by a car or truck. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), another 150,000 people are treated in the emergency room annually after being hit by a motor vehicle.
The elderly and children are at the greatest risk for being hit, and most of these accidents happen in urban areas like our own New York City. A seasoned NYC pedestrian accident lawyer from our firm will have substantial experience in these types of cases and know how to hold a negligent driver accountable.
Types of Pedestrian Accident Injuries
The type and severity of a pedestrian accident injury is typically dictated by the speed and size of the vehicle that hit the person on foot. Of course, you can hire an NYC pedestrian accident lawyer regardless of whether you broke a bone or suffered a concussion, so long as the driver or a third party was mostly to blame for the accident.
Some of the injuries we see on a regular basis are listed below:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Concussions – It is common for pedestrians to suffer a blow to their head against the vehicle or its windshield, leading to a head injury.
- Broken Bones – The sheer force of a collision often leads to bone fractures and complete breaks.
- Internal Organ Damage – If you have required surgery to repair your organs or stop internal bleeding, you should seek compensation to cover your medical expenses.
- Spinal Injuries – When minor, spinal injuries can cause pain and discomfort. However, many spinal injuries also lead to temporary or permanent paralysis—something that you should seek compensation for.
- Emotional Trauma – Many people overlook the mental and emotional impact of being injured in an accident. If you are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or some other form of mental distress, you deserve compensation for how the disorder will affect your life.
The risk of death is far greater when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle. In fact, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to die in a traffic accident than the passenger of a vehicle. Nearly half of all pedestrian deaths involve the use of alcohol before the accident, and many of them occur at night when visibility is poor.
If a close family member was hit in a crosswalk or anywhere else while on foot and died due to his or her injuries, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased’s estate. You will need the help of an NYC pedestrian accident lawyer to do so successfully, and we will need to demonstrate your right to file, along with how the death has resulted in financial losses for your family.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
By hiring an NYC pedestrian accident lawyer from our office, we can file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. This will allow you to seek financial damages for the injuries that you have suffered and the impact the accident has had on your life.
First, we will need to gather enough evidence to demonstrate negligence on the part of the driver or another involved party. We need to identify all of the at-fault parties and prove that they were at fault for the crash. In some cases, more than one party will be to blame.
For example, if a street light was malfunctioning and you were hit, both the city and the driver could have shared responsibility. In a case like this, we can name both in your lawsuit. Whether we end up in court will be determined by the other party’s willingness to make a fair settlement offer.
Getting More for Your Pedestrian Accident Injuries
One thing you don’t want to do is settle your case for less than you deserve. Many people make the mistake of collecting funds for medical bills only. However, in most cases, a victim’s life is influenced in ways far beyond what can be billed by a doctor.
For example, you may have missed work due to the accident and your need to attend appointments for ongoing medical treatments. These are lost wages and you can be compensated for them.
You may also have paid for transportation costs to travel to and from these appointments, hired a babysitter, or incurred any number of other accident-related expenses. All of these financial losses should be covered by your settlement.
Your NYC pedestrian accident lawyer will identify all of the expenses and financial losses you have suffered and ensure that you get the most compensation possible for your injury claim.
Speak with an NYC Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Receiving compensation for your injuries starts with hiring the right attorney to represent you. In most personal injury law firms a junior associate handles the case. When you retain Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP, you will have a named partner representing you the entire time. Our years of experience and extensive knowledge will better position your case for a successful conclusion.
If you want knowledge and experience on your side, call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or complete our contact form below to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discover what we can do for you. Explore your legal options today and don’t be a victim twice.