Pedestrian Accidents

When motor vehicles collide with pedestrians, there is always a high potential for serious pedestrian injury. Pedestrian accidents together with motor vehicle accidents are a serious problem not only in the United States, but also throughout the world. The United States has a particular problem with pedestrian deaths and injuries. About 5,000 pedestrians are killed and another 64,000 are injured in motor vehicle accidents every year in this country.

When drivers are not alert and careful when driving, they can cause serious injury and sometimes fatalities.

Statistics (National Highway Traffic Association and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.) in the U.S. indicates:
  • Pedestrian fatalities account for 11% of motor vehicle fatalities.
  • Over 180,000 pedestrians have been killed in motor vehicle accidents between 1975 and 2005.
  • Pedestrians comprise the second largest category of motor vehicle accident deaths following occupant deaths.
  • On average, a pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident every 8 minutes.
  • On average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident every 111 minutes.

In New York City (Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan, Bronx) pedestrian accidents occur often, especially in the residential neighborhoods where drivers do not always slow down or drive carefully. The following factors contribute to many pedestrian auto accidents:
  • Speeding
  • Ignoring or Running stop signs
  • Turning right on red
  • Not looking out for children

In General, pedestrian deaths rates are higher in urban areas. This is due to the fact that there are usually increased pedestrian activity and traffic volumes in urban areas when compared to rural areas. The best way to prevent speeding is to know how fast you are going. Review your speedometer often. Signs, signals, pavement markings, and driving laws usually control traveling on public roadways. No matter what vehicle you drive or what road you drive on, you must obey these “rules of the road.

It is interesting to note that the vast majority of fatal pedestrian/motor vehicle collisions occur on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in later evening hours.

In general, young children and the elderly are usually the most vulnerable for pedestrian accident and related injuries. Pedestrian involved in a motor vehicle accident are usually at risk for countless serious injuries, often suffering extreme bodily injuries such as:
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Coma
  • Fractured bones

There are numerous common factors that contribute to pedestrian accidents.

Negligence is one of the most common factors.

Motorists have a duty to adhere to the laws of the road and drive in a safe and observant manner at all times. Pedestrians are killed every day due to a driver’s negligence. Some common negligent practices by motorists include:
  • Inattentive or pre-occupied drivers
  • Driver’s failure to observe posted speed limits
  • Driver’s failure to yield the right of way to pedestrians at marked cross walks
  • Driver’s disregard for traffic control devices

If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone poor negligence, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for:

  • Medical & Hospitalization Bills
  • Cost Of Medication
  • Specialized Testing due to Injury
  • Doctors’ Follow- up visit
  • Property Damages
  • Loss of Earnings
  • Future Loss of Earnings
  • Emotional Pain & Suffering

With the help of a dedicated and aggressive New York Attorney at the Law Office ofAleksandr Vakarev Esq. we will determine whether your case has merit.


Our personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis so you only pay a fee if we recover money for you. Contact our experienced Attorneys today at the Law Office ofAleksandr Vakarev Esq. for a free consultation today at 718. 839. 6885.


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