How Do Pedestrian Accidents Happen in NYC?

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Pedestrian-related auto accidents are one of the most common and dangerous accidents to happen on the road. New York City is heavily populated with motor vehicles and pedestrians. Pedestrians are at risk of serious life-threatening injuries when involved in a collision. The most common causes of pedestrian-related auto accidents are driver error and negligence. However, pedestrians also have to be aware of their surroundings and take precautionary measures to ensure their safety. Pedestrians should avoid walking anywhere that doesn’t have a sidewalk. If they do walk somewhere that does not have a sidewalk, they should walk on the shoulder facing oncoming traffic because it makes them more visible to drivers. They should always look both ways before crossing. Pedestrians must never assume that a driver sees them. Pedestrians must not be distracted while crossing.

Drivers and pedestrians have a duty to each other to uphold and abide by the rules of the road. If you have been injured in a pedestrian-related auto accident, reach out to a devoted New York City Pedestrian Accident Lawyer who can help you recover reasonable compensation for your damages.

How to Avoid Pedestrian Accidents as a Driver

Drivers in New York City must proceed with the utmost caution, as it is one of the most populated cities in the U.S. Drivers must abide by the rules of the road set forth by New York statute to ensure pedestrians’ safety. Drivers should always avoid distracted and reckless driving. Drivers must yield to pedestrians at crosswalks, intersections, driveways, and parking lots. Drivers must obey the posted speed limit on the road. Drivers must stop at stop signs and red lights. Drivers have protection that pedestrians aren’t capable of having such as airbags and seatbelts. To ensure pedestrian safety, drivers should drive with caution and be aware of their surroundings.

What is the Statute of Limitations For a Pedestrian-related Auto Accident in NYC?

In New York, if you have been involved in a pedestrian-related auto accident, you have three years from the date the injury was inflicted to file a claim. If you fail to file a claim within this period, you will be barred from ever doing so in the future. You can file at any point within those three years but it is always better to act quickly. If you wait, you might miss the deadline and lose any opportunity to recover damages for your injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian-related auto accident, contact an experienced New York City Personal Injury Attorney who can help you seek fair compensation for your injuries.

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The Law Offices of Brian J. Elbaum handles a wide variety of personal injury cases, including those involving auto accidents, catastrophic injuries, and more. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.

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