New York Pedestrian Accidents Lawyers
Pedestrians are the most vulnerable roadway occupants. The rates of pedestrian fatalities have climbed to their highest number in decades, a trend that many experts attribute to the widespread use of smartphones by drivers. Pedestrians who are involved in a crash are at a high risk of suffering life-altering injuries, such as lacerations, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and broken bones.
Victims of these accidents are often entitled to compensation from the drivers who cause their injuries, and a skilled personal injury lawyer can help. If you or someone you love was injured in a pedestrian accident, contact the dedicated and trial-ready Hudson Valley personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Taran M. Provost, PLLC for a free consultation on your case.
Pedestrian accidents at a 25-year high
Improvements to vehicle safety mean that drivers and passengers are largely safer from injury than before. However, pedestrians have only gotten less safe on US streets. According to a report released by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, 2018 is projected to have the greatest number of pedestrian fatalities since 1990, with an estimated 6,227 pedestrian deaths nationwide. Between 2008 and 2017, while all other forms of traffic accident fatality fell by six percent, pedestrian deaths increased by 35%.
New York is particularly perilous for pedestrians. Past research has shown that New York is one of five states that accounts for 43% of all pedestrian fatalities. A study of pedestrian accidents occurring between 2014 and 2016 showed that New York had the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities occurring at intersections, as well as the highest fatality rate for elderly pedestrians involved in accidents. Victims of these accidents often need the help of seasoned attorneys to get the compensation they deserve, and the professional and experienced Poughkeepsie and Montgomery pedestrian accident lawyers at the Law Office of Taran M. Provost, PLLC are ready to help.
What are some common causes of pedestrian accidents?
Pedestrians often end up injured in accidents caused by:
- Distracted driving—Drivers who are reading their phones, eating, or looking away from the road while behind the wheel often fail to notice pedestrians in the road ahead.
- Drunk driving—Among other dangerous behaviors, drunk drivers tend to stare straight ahead while driving, failing to notice those walking through an intersection or alongside the road.
- Speeding—Drivers racing down the road or speeding through a red light are more likely to hit pedestrians and inflict fatal injuries.
- Poor roadway conditions—When roads lack proper lighting or do not have a sufficient number of marked crosswalks, pedestrians may be forced to cross between crosswalks, putting them at a greater danger of getting hit.
Get Help After a Pedestrian Accident in New York or the Hudson Valley
If you’ve been hurt in a New York pedestrian accident and need help getting compensation for your medical costs and pain and suffering, contact the seasoned Hudson Valley personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Taran M. Provost, PLLC for a no-cost consultation at 845-675-3243.