Pedestrians are all over in New York City. The city’s streets and sidewalks are usually filled with pedestrians on their way to work, running errands, jogging or just enjoying a walk through their neighborhood. Pedestrians in busy areas like this face an inherent danger of being struck by a distracted or inattentive driver.
Thousands of people die yearly in pedestrian accidents
Victims of a pedestrian accident usually sustain extremely serious injuries, due to the size and speed of a motor vehicle. The injuries can result in broken bones or fractures, concussions or even death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that over 6,000 people died from pedestrian accidents, and approximately 76,000 were injured in 2019.
These numbers are astounding, and highlight the vulnerable position pedestrians are in. Drivers who cause a pedestrian accident can be legally liable for the pedestrian’s damages if negligence can be proven through a personal injury claim.
Establishing negligence requires showing that a driver had a legal duty to drive in a safe and prudent manner and they breached that duty, causing the pedestrian damages. This can mean compensation for things such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering or mental and emotional distress.
Examples of negligent driver behavior
There are many things that drivers may do to breach their legal duty to drive safely. Speeding, drunk or distracted driving are a major cause of pedestrian accidents. Texting, talking on the phone or even just talking to a vehicle passenger are considered forms of distracted driving.
Drivers often fail to properly look around when parking or backing out of a parking spot. Drivers who are in a hurry or impatient with pedestrians clogging up the roads may fail to give pedestrians the right of way in a crosswalk or pass another vehicle in a crosswalk and fail to see a pedestrian. All these things can be considered negligent behavior.
Pedestrians have just as much right to be on the road as any vehicle and most cannot afford the cost of a pedestrian accident. A personal injury attorney can help with pursuing a claim.