New York City Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
As the oldest form of human transportation, walking is a healthy, cost-effective alternative to driving or taking a taxi, not to mention a great way to explore New York City. However, reckless and negligent motor vehicle operators and bicyclists can put pedestrians in great danger. A driver or bicyclist may not understand the right-of-way at crosswalks, stop signs or red lights.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact the New York City pedestrian accident lawyers of The Orlow Firm. We will fully evaluate the circumstances of your accident, examining all of the facts and discussing the matter with witnesses to build a solid case on your behalf.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
It is a common belief that the pedestrian is rarely at fault in an accident. Indeed, it is true that the majority of accidents involving pedestrians are due to the driver’s negligence rather than the pedestrian’s. Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Failure to come to a complete stop at a stop sign
- Failure to stop before turning right on red
- Failure to stop at a crosswalk
- Driving too fast down neighborhood streets
NYC Pedestrian Safety
Pedestrians are everywhere in the city. Although it is the responsibility of motorists to watch out for pedestrians and their safety, those who travel on foot are ultimately the most vulnerable to injury and thus should exercise appropriate caution when walking near moving traffic. As a pedestrian, it is important to remember that just because you have right-of-way or a walk signal does not mean that the situation is actually safe. Regardless of whose turn it is to cross the street – a car or a pedestrian – the pedestrian is in the most dangerous situation.
Pedestrians should follow proper traffic laws and safety precautions when walking near roadways and crossing streets.
NYC Pedestrian Safety Tips
Here are a few important safety tips to keep in mind when traveling by foot:
- Only cross the street at designated crosswalks.
- Before walking in front of a car that is slowing down, make eye contact with the driver. Make sure the driver actually sees you before you cross.
- Keep children close to you near busy roadways. Teach kids about proper street safety, and make sure they know to never venture into traffic.
- Always walk on the sidewalk, never in the street. If you must walk on the street because of damaged or non-existent sidewalks, always walk facing traffic so that you can see any vehicles that are approaching.
- At night or in low-light situations, dress in bright or reflective colors and carry a light source in order to help alert drivers of your presence.
- Plan your route in advance to minimize dangerous walking situations.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact the New York City pedestrian accident lawyers of The Orlow Firm. Our experienced legal team will put the law to work for you.