NYC Pedestrian Walking Injury Lawyers
Santana Law Firm is an award-winning New York City personal injury law firm that represents pedestrians who have been hurt while walking through NYC. We help accident victims and their families seek compensation from negligent drivers, bicyclists, and other responsible parties, securing funds to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and the emotional pain of the accident.
Drivers have seatbelts, bicyclists have helmets, but pedestrians have virtually nothing to protect themselves in an accident. In the event of a car crash or another road incident, pedestrians are most likely to be seriously hurt or killed. Pedestrian injuries often require expensive and lengthy medical treatment, and victims may become permanently disabled. In fatal accidents, families are left to deal with unexpected funeral expenses and the pain and suffering of losing a loved one needlessly.
At Santana Law Firm, we have stood up to countless insurance companies and negligent drivers that have attempted to shift blame and avoid paying claims to victims. Jaime Santana and his team of lawyers are devoted to helping victims when they are at their most vulnerable. If you were harmed in a pedestrian accident in New York, we’re here for you.
Contact Santana Law Firm Today
Free, Confidential Case Evaluation
What Causes NYC Pedestrian Accidents?
Although walking is one of the most convenient ways to get around New York City, it’s not always the safest option. Despite efforts to eliminate pedestrian fatalities through the ambitious Vision Zero campaign, pedestrians still account for approximately half of all traffic accident deaths in NYC.
Many factors contribute to pedestrian deaths and injuries, but aggressive and distracted drivers are most often the cause. Bicyclists and motorcyclists can also cause dangerous accidents.
Other factors include:
- Bad weather
- Damaged sidewalks
- Defective vehicles
- Driving through yellow and red lights
- Drunk driving
- Failing to yield right of way to pedestrians
- Fatigued driving
- Limited visibility
- Poorly marked bike lanes
- Road rage
- Using cell phones while driving
Most pedestrian injuries happen in Manhattan and Brooklyn, often at the same intersections in Soho, Chelsea, Ditmas Park, Williamsburg, and the Lower East Side.
In a car accident, pedestrians are the most likely to be seriously harmed.
Common NYC pedestrian injuries include:
Multiple Parties May Be Responsible After a NYC Pedestrian Accident
New York law allows injured pedestrians and their families to recover compensation from anyone who contributed to the accident.
You may be able to seek compensation from:
Electric scooter operator
Manufacturer of a defective product
The MTA or another transit agency
The first step in any pedestrian injury case is determining who is responsible and how they share blame for the accident. Once you identify these facts, you can pursue damages from multiple parties and maximize the potential compensation you can recover.
What If I’m Partially Responsible for My Pedestrian Injury?
Although drivers are the biggest cause of pedestrian injuries and deaths, factors such as jaywalking, distractions, and using cell phones while walking can also lead to pedestrian accidents. In some pedestrian injury cases, both the pedestrian and the driver share some blame.
Even if your actions may have partially contributed to the accident, that doesn’t mean you can’t pursue damages from other negligent parties. New York is a comparative fault state, which means liability is split among all responsible parties rather than attributed to just one person or entity.
Sharing some fault will not prevent you from recovering compensation, but it will affect the amount of money you can obtain. Your damages will be adjusted based on the amount of fault you share. For example, if it’s determined that you are 30% responsible for the accident, your damages will be reduced by 30%.
Due to New York’s comparative fault rules, negligent drivers and other responsible parties may try to shift as much blame as possible on to you to reduce the amount of damages they have to pay. A skilled NYC pedestrian injury lawyer will demonstrate that you are not solely responsible for your injuries and work to obtain the damages you deserve.
Santana Law Firm
will take on insurance companies on your behalf and fight for you to get the compensation you deserve after a NY pedestrian accident.
Can I Get Compensation If I’m Injured While Walking in NYC?
If you are struggling with medical bills, emotional pain, or lost wages after being hurt in a pedestrian accident, you are entitled to damages from the responsible parties.
The amount of compensation you can receive depends on:
1The amount of your medical bills
2Whether you were permanently disabled in the accident
3The wages you lost or will lose because of the accident
4The pain and suffering you experienced
5How badly your quality of life suffered due to your injuries
6The limits of the negligent party’s insurance policy
A lawyer can help you recover damages to pay for:
- Disability and disfigurement
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Lost income
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
Insurance companies and other involved parties will typically do everything they can to avoid paying damages. Trying to deal with insurance companies on your own may prevent you from securing the maximum damages you could receive. Working with a skilled NYC pedestrian injury lawyer is the best way to maximize your chances of getting significant compensation.
NYC Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Fighting for You
The sad reality is that NYC’s streets aren’t always safe. In the blink of an eye, your life can be changed by a careless driver, leaving you physically and mentally scarred.
The silver lining is that you don’t need to go through this experience alone. Santana Law Firm is here to listen compassionately, advocate for you, and help you find a resolution to the accident. Although we can’t turn back the clock and prevent your injuries, we can help ensure that negligent parties are held responsible, and your medical expenses are covered.
As soon as you contact us, we will begin working to accurately determine the people responsible and your potential damages, hunt down evidence to prove your side of the story, and negotiate with insurance companies and other involved parties. When insurers deny your claim or try to shift blame onto you, we will fight to get you the fair compensation you deserve.
If you were hurt while walking in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or another NY borough, we’re here to help. Contact our office today for a free, confidential consultation.