As New York City has seen with bicycle accidents, the number of pedestrian accidents in New York City had been decreasing due to the Vision Zero initiative. Vision Zero was an initiative by New York City Mayor Bill DiBlasio to eliminate all traffic deaths and serious injuries through slower speed limits, increased enforcement, and the use of speed cameras.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries Can be Severe and Devastating
Walking is the primary way that people get around in Brooklyn and Queens. In fact, across New York City, more people walk to where they need to go than any other form of transportation. Unfortunately, with so many cars, pedestrian accidents are a common occurrence.
Marc Albert is a personal injury attorney with offices in Brooklyn and Queens. Marc has been representing and counseling pedestrian accident victims and their families through the legal process of holding negligent drivers accountable for their actions.
- Head Injuries including concussion and traumatic brain injury
- Neck injuries
- Shoulder injuries including displacement
- Spine or vertebrae injuries, including a broken back or paralysis
- Skull fractures
- Broken Jaw
- Broken Bones
According to New York State statistics, there are, on average, 312 pedestrian accident fatalities every year in New York. There are over 3,000 hospitalizations related to pedestrian accidents involving a motor vehicle every year. Emergency Rooms around the state are extremely busy with pedestrian accidents, with about 12,500 people seeking medical attention every year.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents are on the Rise
Pedestrian Knockdowns are Usually the Result of Drunk or Distracted Drivers
Vision Zero helped to reduce the number of pedestrian and bicycle accidents, however, the initiative never expanded outside of limited areas of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. As this initiative became less of a priority, and after a few years of declining number, the rate of pedestrian accidents has started to climb once again.
As a pedestrian, even if you follow all of the rules accidents will continue to happen. Many pedestrian knockdowns or hit and runs involve cars that are traveling faster than the speed limit and are violating traffic laws such as going through a red light or a stop sign.
Nationally, 40% of all pedestrian accidents involve a drunk driver or a driver under the influence of drugs.
No-Fault Laws Related to Pedestrian Accidents
When an accident involves multiple vehicles, No Fault insurance, which covers medical expenses and lost wages, is paid by the insurance company for the car in which the injury occurred. When a pedestrian is stuck and injured by a vehicle, the No Fault costs are paid by the insurance company of the vehicle that struck the person.
Call the Law Offices of Marc S. Albert for a Free Consultation
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident involving a motor vehicle, contact the Law Offices of Marc S. Albert. With offices in Brooklyn and Queens, his offices are conveniently located. If you cannot travel, Marc will come to you. All initial consultations are free. Marc works on contingency, so you do not pay unless there is a settlement or a jury verdict with an award. Contact our office to speak with Marc at 855-252-3788.