New York Pedestrian Accidents
As most New Yorkers have probably noticed, in recent years cross-walk signals have began to incorporate a count down mechanism. This 2010 installation of more than 1,500 pedestrian signals is just one of the ways the city is attempting to protect pedestrians from serious injury. The New York Times wrote in a January 15, 2014 article that Mayor De Blasio "set a sweeping goal on Wednesday: to bring the number of New Yorkers killed in traffic "literally" to zero, saying it would be "a central focus" of his administration."
Pedestrians, unlike other motorists, have no physical barriers to protect them when hit by a car, truck or other vehicle. This direct contact makes pedestrians extremely susceptible to injuries such as broken bones, brain injuries, severe cuts and bruises that can lead to permanent scarring and even fatalities. Although everyone is exposed to injury, the majority of pedestrian accidents occur to individuals below the age of 15 and above the age of 70.
Tourist Pedestrian Accidents
New York City is known as one of the most frequently visited cities in the world. Over 54 million tourists made their way to the Big Apple in 2013. The lack of familiarity with the street and traffic patterns leaves tourists especially vulnerable to being injured in pedestrian accidents. If you were injured on your visit to New York City, you have a right to obtain financial compensation from the liable party. View the New York Pedestrian Accident Statistics here.
There are various issues that arise out of pedestrian accident cases. For instance, what if the accident was a hit and run? What if the injured party does not have health insurance? Who pays medical bills and what happens to lost wages? If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident in New York, call Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson to speak with an experienced New York personal injury attorney about your legal options.