New York, New Jersey and Nationwide
When you walk down the sidewalk or cross a street you are relying on the people around you to drive and act responsibly. But every year thousands of individuals like you are involved in accidents that are caused by an automobile driver’s negligence or recklessness, and about half of those result in the death of the pedestrian. Whether your personal injuries were caused while you were walking on a sidewalk or in the street, the law requires drivers to exercise caution around pedestrians.
Types of Pedestrian Accidents
Even when you cross the street in a designated cross walk you may be exposed to driver carelessness and become injured by another person’s negligence or recklessness. Some common causes for pedestrian accidents include:
- Drunken driving
- Failure to yield at a light or stop sign
- Failure to yield to pedestrians crossing at crosswalks
- Loss of vehicle control
- Speeding or the inability to stop
Even in areas that are not designated crosswalks, motorists need to be alert and aware of surrounding pedestrians, and be prepared to stop in the event of an emergency. However, pedestrian accidents can happen in any location, such as parking lots, and are not restricted to busy street corners. Sometimes even an area that appears safe can be the site of a serious pedestrian accident, and even automobiles travelling at low speeds can cause serious injury or death to a pedestrian.
Pedestrian Accident and Wrongful Death
If you have lost a loved one as the result of a pedestrian accident, you may feel anger and helplessness, especially if it was because of another party’s negligence. You may be able to receive compensation for the loss of your loved one by filing a wrongful death claim. While no compensation can make up for your loss, the unforeseeable financial strains and demands should at a minimum be met by the responsible parties.
The experienced attorneys at Morelli Ratner PC link to firm bio are dedicated to using the time and resources necessary to see that your case is brought to trial. We do not settle out of court for less than you deserve and are not intimidated by large corporations or organizations.
If you have been the victim of a pedestrian accident or lost a loved one, please contact the experienced pedestrian accident attorneys at Morelli Ratner PC today. We protect the rights of clients throughout Long Island, Staten Island, New York City, New York and New Jersey.