Pedestrian Accidents


Fighting For Pedestrian Accident Victims in New York

Everyone knows New York City is a dangerous place to drive, but it is also a dangerous place to walk. With the constant traffic in the metropolitan area, pedestrians are at risk of being hit by a car, truck, or other vehicle. Because of the intense injuries that usually result from these accidents, there is a lot at stake. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a pedestrian accident, make sure you work with an experienced team of attorneys to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

At Restivo & Murphy LLP, we have more than 60 years of combined experience representing clients throughout the 5 boroughs, as well as Long Island, Nassau County, and Suffolk County. Our New York City pedestrian accident attorneys have a wealth of experience and knowledge handling all types of auto accident cases, with a particular focus on cases involving catastrophic injuries and fatal accidents.

Contact Restivo & Murphy LLP at (800) 997-9109today to discuss your options with our New York City pedestrian accident lawyers.

Common Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents

When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, whether they are in a crosswalk or not, they are completely unprotected. The injuries that result when they are hit by motor vehicles are usually catastrophic. Our lawyers focus on handling cases involving:

A pedestrian accident could leave you or a loved one with a serious injury, extensive ongoing medical expenses, and a diminished ability to make a living. At Restivo & Murphy LLP, we focus on maximizing our client's cases with in-depth research into the ongoing medical costs our clients will incur. We explain these costs in a way that juries can understand to maximize our clients' cases. We are committed to doing everything we can to make sure you obtain the compensation you need going forward.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents may include:

  • Distracted Driving: The widespread use of smartphones and other electronic devices has contributed to an alarming increase in distracted driving accidents. When drivers are not fully focused on the road, pedestrians become vulnerable to collisions.
  • Speeding and Reckless Driving: New York City's fast-paced environment can lead to aggressive driving behaviors, including speeding and reckless maneuvers. Pedestrians are at a heightened risk when drivers fail to adhere to speed limits and traffic regulations.
  • Failure to Yield: Drivers are obligated to yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections. Failure to do so may result in devastating accidents, causing severe injuries to pedestrians.
  • Impaired Driving: Operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs greatly impairs a driver's judgment and reaction time. Pedestrians are at an increased risk of being involved in accidents when sharing the road with impaired drivers.
  • Poor Visibility and Weather Conditions: Adverse weather conditions, inadequate street lighting, or obscured visibility due to obstructions can contribute to pedestrian accidents. Drivers must exercise caution in these circumstances to prevent collisions.

Pursuing Legal Action Rather Than an Insurance Claim

In New York, an injured pedestrian may file a no-fault insurance claim to cover their losses. However, these benefits are capped at $50,000. Typically, this amount is not enough to cover the medical expenses incurred by those injured in a pedestrian accident. If your injuries qualify as “serious injuries,” you are entitled to step outside of the no-fault rules and pursue additional compensation by filing a claim against the at-fault driver. Families of deceased pedestrian accident victims also have the opportunity to recover compensation through a wrongful death case.

Bringing a claim against the party that is responsible for your accident can be complicated. The other person’s insurance company will likely try to prove that your injuries do not qualify as serious or stem from pre-existing conditions. It is important to have an experienced legal advocate on your side who can help you overcome the challenges of obtaining the compensation you are owed.

What is the Statute of Limitations for Pedestrian Accidents in New York?

In New York, there is a specific timeframe within which individuals must file a legal claim after a pedestrian accident. This timeframe is known as the statute of limitations. Understanding the statute of limitations is crucial, as failing to file within the specified period may result in the forfeiture of your right to seek compensation.

In the state of New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims, including pedestrian accidents, is generally three years from the date of the incident. However, certain circumstances may affect this timeframe, making it essential to consult with our experienced New York City pedestrian accident attorneys promptly.

It is important to note that gathering evidence, securing witness statements, and assessing the extent of your injuries takes time. Delaying legal action can hinder the effectiveness of your case. We encourage victims of pedestrian accidents to reach out to us as soon as possible, allowing us to initiate a thorough investigation and commence legal proceedings within the required timeframe.

Contact Our New York City Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Today

Call our Garden City office at (800) 997-9109 toll-free or contact us online. We offer free consultations, and we work on contingency, so you will not pay attorney fees until we are successful in your case.

Our New York City pedestrian accident attorneys are committed to recovering maximum settlements for our clients. Contact ustoday to schedule your free consultation.

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    “I met these amazing people in 2009 when I was involved in a motorcycle accident in which I was a passenger, the level of professionalism that was extended to me was so phenomenal and heartwarming that I was drawn into them and felt like I was being treated”
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    “I was in a life-threatening automobile accident that had me in the hospital for a month. Todd Restivo & Patrick Murphy were there from day one until now. They made sure I was taken care of throughout the entire process.”
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Our Settlements & Verdicts

Our top priority is to devise customized legal strategies that are tailored to the unique legal needs of our clients, no matter how simple or complicated their situations, might be.

  • $8,000,000 Fractured Pelvic & Urethral Injuries

    We've recovered a settlement for a 32-year-old bicyclist who was struck by a bus causing pelvic fractures and urethral injuries which required surgery.

  • $7,850,000 Neck, Back & Shoulder Injuries

    We've recovered a settlement for a woman who slipped and fell on snow and ice injuring her neck, back, and shoulder which required multiple surgeries.

  • $6,300,000 Fractured Foot & Amputation

    The verdict for a 47-year-old whose left foot was run over by a bus causing numerous foot fractures and the amputation of his big toe. The offer before trial was $1,050,000.

  • $4,250,000 Spinal Cord & Neck Injury

    We've recovered a settlement for a passenger involved in a motor vehicle accident with a tractor-trailer where the client sustained a spinal cord injury that required a neck surgery.

  • $4,025,000 Herniated Discs & Neck Surgery

    Resolution at the conclusion of trial for a 43-year-old who suffered herniated discs requiring neck surgery when his vehicle was struck by a school bus. The offer before trial was $75,000.

  • $3,700,000 Spinal Injuries

    We've recovered a settlement after a verdict in a liability trial for a 33-year-old construction worker who suffered spinal injuries in a work-related accident. The offer before the liability trial was $500,000.

  • $3,436,000 Neck Injuries

    A verdict for a 46-year-old man whose neck was injured by a falling traffic sign struck by a motor vehicle. The offer before trial was $325,000.

  • $2,850,000 Brachial Plexus Injury

    We've recovered a settlement in a motor vehicle accident case where the client sustained a brachial plexus injury with surgeries.

  • $2,500,000 Serious Injuries

    We've recovered a settlement after a verdict on liability in a motor vehicle accident case involving two clients who were passengers in an ambulette.

  • $2,000,000 Neck Injuries

    We've recovered a settlement for a 46-year-old woman whose prior neck condition was aggravated by a motor vehicle accident.

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