Pedestrian Accidents at Intersections
Experienced attorneys serving New York pedestrians
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), one out of every five accidents at signalized intersections involves a left-turning vehicle hitting a pedestrian. New York intersections are often packed with eager pedestrians and impatient drivers. While pedestrians are required to only cross an intersection when signaled, drivers are expected to practice caution, even if they have the right of way. One act of carelessness can result in a catastrophic injury or fatality.
If you have been hit by a motorist while crossing an intersection, you need to act fast. Consult an experienced attorney at Giampa Law. We know how to handle intersection accidents involving pedestrians.
How pedestrian accidents at intersections happen
In most cases, pedestrian accidents at intersections happen because of a driver’s negligence. However, a pedestrian’s carelessness when crossing an intersection can be a contributing factor. Accidents involving pedestrians at intersections usually happen because:
- Driver failed to yield the right of way: When a driver makes a turn while pedestrians have the right of way, devastating accidents occur.
- Driver ran a red light at an intersection: This happens when a pedestrian is crossing an intersection and a motorist runs a red light, hitting the pedestrian.
- Drunk, fatigued or distracted driving: Motorists who are impaired or distracted have difficulty safely navigating intersections, putting pedestrians at risk.
Fault is often disputed in intersection accidents. In this case, your claim could be downplayed or denied. If you’re a pedestrian who sustained injuries after being hit, you need to fight to receive compensation for your medical bills and loss of wages. Contact our law firm and see what we can do for you. Our experienced attorneys know how to take on some of the most complicated cases.
Don’t wait to file a claim
After you’ve been hit by a vehicle at an intersection, you need immediate medical attention. Even if you think you’re OK, you could discover internal injuries or other serious injuries hours after the accident. Always contact the police and obtain a police report. Take photos and speak to witnesses if you’re able to. The sooner you take the appropriate steps to file a claim, the better your outcome will be.
Our law firm can help. We have decades of experience dealing with pedestrian accidents at intersections in New York. If you have been injured because of a driver’s negligence, we will fight to maximize your compensation. Contact us at our Bronx office and find out how we can help.