Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Queens, NY
Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys Protecting the Rights of Pedestrians Injured in New York City
Any time you’re involved in a car accident, you could suffer injury or trauma, but when you don’t have the protections of a car, from the metal framework, to airbags, to a seatbelt, the consequences could be much more severe. As a pedestrian, you walk through a world full of drivers that could get distracted, fail to yield right of way, or simply be involved in a collision with other vehicles, putting you in harm’s way.
Is there anything more frightening than crossing the street and wondering if a vehicle will run the red light while you’re in the crosswalk? When the unthinkable occurs and you’re struck by a cyclist, a vehicle, or flying debris, you may not only need immediate medical attention, but also the help of a qualified pedestrian accident lawyer.
At Shaevitz & Shaevitz, you’ll find a friendly and compassionate staff that treats you like family at a time when you need all the support you can get. When you can’t fight for yourself, we’ll go after responsible parties and fight the insurance companies to secure the maximum compensation you’re due, so you can focus on recovery without worrying about how to pay your bills while you’re unable to work.
When you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, the last thing you need is unscrupulous insurance companies trying to take advantage of your fragile state and your financial worries to trick you into taking a reduced settlement or saying something they can use deny your claim outright. With a knowledgeable and experienced pedestrian accident attorney from Shaevitz & Shaevitz on the case, you can rest easy knowing that qualified professionals are working to secure the fair compensation you deserve.
How Prevalent Are Pedestrian Accidents in New York?
New York City is nothing if not bustling, with cars, buses, motorcycles, trains, cyclists, and pedestrians en route to their destinations at all hours of day and night. Unfortunately, pedestrians are at the bottom of a food chain filled with motorized metal and inattentive drivers. It should come as no surprise, then, that accidents involving pedestrians are fairly common.
In October of 2020 alone, the city experienced over 600 pedestrian accidents, including 629 injuries and 12 fatalities (separate from any motorists, passengers, or cyclists involved in these incidents). Nearly a fourth of the accidents occurred in Queens (150), but they included half of the deaths (6).
As a pedestrian, you always have to be aware of your environment, as you are at higher risk for injury and death should you get in an accident involving a vehicle or cyclist. This is especially important when you’re crossing the street and at higher risk of being struck by a driver that’s distracted, driving under the influence, or simply failing to follow the rules of the road. When an accident occurs and you need help securing compensation to cover medical bills and more, the first thing you should do is contact a qualified pedestrian accident lawyer at Shaevitz & Shaevitz.
How Can A Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Help?
When you’re seriously injured or you’ve lost a loved one to a fatality accident, you’re in no shape to keep track of court filing deadlines or tussle with aggressive insurance providers. The statute of limitations for filing a claim is typically three years, but it may be shorter, depending on the circumstances of the accident. This sounds like plenty of time, but keep in mind that insurance companies will pressure you to accept a lowball offer early, or alternately, delay and deny your claims until the window to file a lawsuit expires.
The experienced professional at Shaevitz & Shaevitz are on your side, offering the guidance and support you need to secure maximum compensation. We investigate the accident to determine who is responsible, we work with specialists to tally current and future costs, and we seek maximum compensation to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and more. While you focus on recovering from your injuries and reclaiming your life, a pedestrian accident lawyer at Shaevitz & Shaevitz will fight the insurance companies on your behalf, and if we don’t recover compensation, you won’t pay any fees.
What Are Some Common Causes of Accidents Involving Pedestrians?
Pedestrian accidents can happen for any number of reasons. In some cases, unsafe road or weather conditions can play a role, as can poor lighting or inadequate sidewalks. However, driver error or inattention is also a common culprit. Some of the most common motorist failings include:
- Driving distracted
- Driving under the influence
- Failing to yield right of way
- Committing moving violations (speeding, running red lights, etc.)
- Turning illegally or in an unsafe manner (as when turning right on red)
- and more
In some cases, pedestrians themselves may bear some blame, as in instances of jaywalking or walking in the road even when a sidewalk is available. However, pedestrians often have the right of way, and there may be mitigating circumstances, such as if a sidewalk is available, but unsafe to walk on. A seasoned pedestrian accident lawyer can help you to determine if you have a case and pursue compensation from anyone involved who bears liability.
What Are Some Common Injuries Pedestrians Suffer in Accident Situations?
Any time a pedestrian is involved in an accident with a cyclist or a vehicle, the injuries can be severe, due to the speeds of vehicles and a total lack of safety protections like a car frame or airbags. While some of the most common injuries for anyone involved in an accident include whiplash and soft tissue damage like cuts, scrapes, and bruises, the consequences for pedestrians are often much more severe. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Head and traumatic brain injury (like concussion)
- Neck, back, and spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Lost limbs
- and more
Unfortunately, death is also a very real possibility when a totally defenseless pedestrian is struck by a cyclist or a vehicle. Due to the serious nature of injuries many pedestrians suffer, it can be extremely difficult to start the process of filing a claim for compensation. This is where a qualified and caring pedestrian accident lawyer can help, which is why it’s so important to contact a dedicated pedestrian accident lawyer at Shaevitz & Shaevitz as soon as possible.
What Types of Compensation Can A Pedestrian Accident Attorney Help You Recover?
In the wake of an accident, you could face all kinds of costs related to physical injuries, but you may also suffer mental and emotional trauma that make it difficult to return to work and your normal life. An experienced pedestrian accident lawyer at Shaevitz & Shaevitz can help you to recover damages for:
- Medical treatment and rehabilitation
- Loss of limb
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- and more
If you’re a family member who has lost a loved one, you may also have recourse to seek damages for wrongful death. At Shaevitz & Shaevitz, our goal is always to help you recover maximum compensation, even if you’re deemed partially responsible for a pedestrian accident. Remember that New York observes comparative negligence, which means that multiple parties can be assigned liability and be required to cover a percentage of compensation claims. Even if you’re partly to blame, you may still be eligible for some compensation, which we can help you to claim.
Shaevitz & Shaevitz has earned a sterling reputation in over 65 years of successfully helping clients secure the compensation they deserve. If you’re the victim of a pedestrian accident and you need help dealing with unscrupulous insurance providers, contact us today at 718-291-3400 or 718-LAW-SUIT to schedule a free consultation with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer and learn how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.