Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian Accidents

In New York City, people on foot have the right of way. Crosswalks and sidewalks are supposed to give pedestrians some level of protection. Yet, every year, thousands of people are injured or killed when negligent or distracted motorists ignore signs or fail to watch for pedestrians.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you have the full protection of the law on your side.

At Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C., our New York City pedestrian accident attorneys will help you use that law to recover for the damages that you have suffered, including your emotional, physical and financial damages. Since 1998, our law office has provided vigorous representation to people injured in serious pedestrian accidents in New York City. Contact us to schedule a free consultation about your pedestrian accident or the wrongful death of your loved one.

Call the Police After an Accident: If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident – whether it was a hit-and-run accident or the driver stopped – it is very important that you report the accident to the police. Take time to write down every detail about the accident, including time, place, weather conditions and identity of any witnesses at the scene. Oftentimes, the insurance companies and defense will question the truth of your claim, which is why it is vital to have evidence to support it.

Pedestrian and Car Crash Injuries ▪ Crosswalk Accidents

In New York City, cars, trucks, buses and taxis hit pedestrians every day. They make illegal U-turns, fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians and hurry through intersections without watching for pedestrians in crosswalks. We help stop unsafe driving. Lawsuits that hold negligent drivers accountable for the harm they cause encourage safer driving, which is good for all New Yorkers.

Drivers aren’t the only ones at fault. Many New York City streets are death traps, which don’t allow pedestrians, especially senior citizens, enough time to cross before the light turns green.

If you were hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk, intersection or on a sidewalk, our New York car accident attorneys in New York City can help you determine who is responsible for your injuries and fight for justice in your case.

Street and Sidewalk Injuries ▪ Trip-and-Falls

There are so many potholes, uneven sidewalks and construction digging projects in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and other New York City neighborhoods that pedestrians often trip and fall. Depending on where your trip-and-fall pedestrian accident happened, a private property owner, the City of New York, the Transit Authority, or other entity may be responsible for your injuries. We have successfully filed premises liability Injuries actions against all these parties.

In order to have a successful trip and fall claim against a public entity, such as the City of New York, you must file a written notice of your claim within 90 days. Too often, people think that they have only minor injuries and do not take any action, only to realize later – when it is too late – that they were seriously injured. Therefore, if you experienced a trip-and-fall accident (or any other accident), you should:

  • Call the police and have a police report made
  • Document/photograph where your accident occurred and the unsafe condition that caused it
  • Get medical attention immediately for any injuries
  • Call an experienced pedestrian accident attorney in New York City

Report Unsafe Conditions: If you see an unsafe condition on the streets and sidewalks of New York, take action to prevent an unnecessary accident. Call 311 or visit 311 Online.