Navigating the streets and roads on foot is daunting, which may explain why pedestrian accidents are so common on Long Island. Although pedestrians must abide by traffic laws and exercise reasonable care for their own safety, negligent motorists may be held liable for causing injuries to pedestrians. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.
The Law Offices of Robert Purzak has been handling pedestrian accidents in Nassau and Suffolk Counties for over 35 years. Well-versed in the applicable negligence and traffic safety laws, our office will offer you first-rate legal representation and superior personal service. Above all, we will help you obtain the medical care that you need and the maximum compensation you deserve.
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Common Causes of a Pedestrian Accident
Pedestrian accidents on Long Island are frequently the result of driver negligence, such as:
- Distracted driving
- Failure to yield
- Failure to obey traffic signals
- Driving under the influence
It is worth noting that pedestrians are required to following traffic safety rules, starting with obeying traffic signals. Pedestrians are also required to use sidewalks where they are provided, or walk on the left side of the road facing traffic if no sidewalks are provided (this rule also applies to joggers). Additionally, pedestrians must use crosswalks or yield the right of way to approaching vehicles if there is no crosswalk, sign, or traffic signal at a mid-block location. When a pedestrian is in a crosswalk and there is no traffic signal, however, drivers are required to yield the right of way — but seldom do.
Proving Negligence in a Pedestrian Accident
Some of the factors involved in determining negligence in a pedestrian accident include:
- Whether the pedestrian was in a crosswalk
- Whether the pedestrian was walking along the side of the road
- The color of the traffic light for the driver
- The rate of speed at which the vehicle was traveling
- Visibility issues — sun glare, rain, or fog
- The time of day — dawn, daytime, dusk, or night
Our legal team will work to determine which factors were involved in your pedestrian accident. By working with credentialed accident reconstruction specialists, we can show that the driver was responsible and determine the extent of his or her liability. If you contributed to the pedestrian accident in any way, however, such as by failing to obey traffic signals, the amount of your recoverable damages may be reduced under the state’s rules of comparative negligence. This is why it is so important to work with our personal injury attorney — we know how to demonstrate a driver’s negligence in a pedestrian accident.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Pedestrian accidents often result in all types of injuries, including:
- Cut and bruises
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage
- Internal Bleeding
- Organ damage
- Loss of limbs
In the event that a severely injured pedestrian accident victim requires ongoing medical care, a loved one may need to take on a caretaker role, which can become an emotional and financial burden for all concerned. We aim to relieve that burden by providing aggressive legal representation and caring, efficient service.
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident
After a pedestrian accident, you should also immediately call the police and seek medical treatment — even if you don’t think you’ve been injured. Obtaining proper medical treatment will see to it that any injuries are diagnosed and prevented from worsening. On the other hand, failing to do so may interfere with your ability to recover damages.
In addition, exchange contact and insurance information with the at-fault driver, obtain contact information from any witnesses and take pictures of the accident scene, the vehicle, traffic signs, and your injuries. If you cannot perform these tasks, ask someone for assistance. Ultimately, the police report, pictures, and medical records will be critically important for your pedestrian accident claim.
Contact Our Dedicated Pedestrian Accident Attorney
The Law Offices of Robert Purzak has extensive experience fighting for the rights of pedestrian accident victims. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, we will work tirelessly to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to recover damages for your past and future medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity and pain and suffering.
When you become our client, you can rest assured will we help obtain the full value of your claim. If the insurance company fails to make a fair and reasonable offer, we are fully prepared to litigate the case in court. If a loved one was killed in a pedestrian accident, we may recommend filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver. Above all, we believe that pedestrian accident victims and their loved ones should not be forced to suffer due to a driver’s misconduct. Please contact our office as soon as possible to set up a consultation. We help the injured throughout Long Island, including the towns of Brentwood, Coram, Deer Park, Hempstead, Islip, Roosevelt, and Wyandanch.