Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles can leave victims with serious injuries, medical expenses, and an inability to work.
The driver and their insurance company may put the blame on you for the pedestrian accident, even if you weren't at fault.
Let Worby Vecchio Edelman, LLP in White Plains, NY, secure meaningful compensation for you after your personal injury.
Pedestrian Accidents Are Common In New York
Pedestrian injuries are one of the top causes of injury-related hospital visits and deaths in New York, according to the state's department of health. An estimated 15,000 pedestrians are injured by motor vehicles annually on the state's roadways. New York hospitals admit more than 3,000 injured pedestrians a year.
One report identifies New York City as one of the top 10 most dangerous cities in America for pedestrians. If you're a White Plains resident who commutes to New York City and was injured by a motor vehicle, our pedestrian accident lawyers can hold the driver and their insurance company liable for damages.
Under New York state law, you have 3 years from the date of the accident to pursue a personal injury claim.
Pedestrian Accidents Happen Here in White Plains
Pedestrian accidents happen all over Westchester County, including here in White Plains. Given the number of vehicles driving at speeds that are unsafe for walkers and bicyclists, it should come as no surprise that people are injured or killed if they're involved in car accidents and other motor vehicle crashes.
In May 2022, a pedestrian was seriously injured after he was struck by a Bee-Line bus in White Plains. In February 2022, one pedestrian was killed and another was injured in a hit-in-run accident near the intersections of Post Road and South Lexington The injured victim was left in critical condition.
Motor vehicle accidents can happen to pedestrians anytime, even in crosswalks or on quieter roads. Our law firm is here for you if you've been struck by a vehicle and need advocates on your case.
Don't Wait Too Long
Under New York state law, you have three years from the date of the accident to pursue a personal injury claim. While three years is a sizable time, it can be more difficult to obtain and preserve evidence if you wait too long to contact us.
The sooner you contact our White Plains law firm after your pedestrian accident, the faster our team can gather compelling photos, media, testimony, and anything else that will help advance your case.
Do Pedestrians Always Have the Right of Way?
State law says pedestrians have the right of way if there is an intersection or marked crosswalk on the road, regardless of whether or not a traffic signal is present. Drivers must slow down and yield to pedestrians in this instance.
- In areas lacking marked crosswalks or intersections, drivers have the right of way and pedestrians must yield.
- Pedestrians who fail to obey walking signals can be fined $150.
- Drivers who don't yield at crosswalks can be fined $150, and get 3 points on their license.
- In some instances, drivers can spend 15 days in jail for failing to yield at a crosswalk.
If the driver and their insurance company argue that you did not have the right of way, our personal injury attorneys can gather eyewitness accounts, any photos or video of the accident, and other pieces of evidence to help determine fault.
Even if the accident didn't occur at a crosswalk, it may be possible the driver was intoxicated, had a suspended license, or had no license at all. Let our pedestrian accident attorneys review your case. Don't let the driver and their insurance company have the final word on your accident.
Our Condolences If You Experience a Death
Tragically, not every pedestrian accident victim survives. If someone you care about passes away in a fatal auto accident, you may have a wrongful death case.
Though no amount of compensation can replace someone you've lost, a settlement can help cover funeral expenses and sudden financial losses that may come after a death.