When a pedestrian is hit by a car, bus or truck, injuries can be severe or fatal even at low speeds. Traffic laws and road design have become more favorable to pedestrians in recent years, but vehicle vs. pedestrian collisions are still commonplace and they often occur in settings where pedestrians clearly have the right of way. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, our experienced New York pedestrian accident lawyers can help you recover the full compensation you deserve.
Turning accidents can happen in several ways. In many cases, the driver fails to signal. A driver may make a right-hand turn directly into a pedestrian crossing close to the vehicle, in their blind spot.
Wide right-hand turns, by buses and trucks, can also result in pedestrians being struck as the large vehicle swings back into its lane.
Mid-block crosswalks are a mixed blessing for pedestrians. On one hand, they are convenient, allowing you to cross the street legally without having to walk all the way to the nearest intersection. On the other hand, they can give you a false sense of security and put you at risk of getting hit by a car. Having the right of way will not save your life.
Drivers are accustomed to watching for pedestrians crossing at intersections but stopping for pedestrians who enter the street midblock is counterintuitive. Even a well-marked mid-block crosswalk may go unnoticed by drivers who are not familiar with the practice.
To learn more about your legal rights after a New York pedestrian accident, please call the Law Firm of Panzavecchia & Associates, PLLC at (888) LAW-2204 or email us today. We represent injured accident victims in New York City and Long Island.