Queens Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Fighting for Injured Individuals in Queens & All of New York
New York is a city of bold walkers. Most walk quickly, many walk while on a cell phone, and some even walk while reading a book. All of them are more likely to be injured than a driver or bike rider in the event of an accident.
Our firm takes pedestrian accident cases seriously; we don’t let up until we've secured appropriate compensation for those who have been injured by another's negligence. If you or someone you love was injured in a pedestrian accident, reach out to The Law Firm of Davidoff & Associates for a free consultation regarding your rights and legal options.
Navigating the Boulevard of Death
Queens Boulevard has historically been known as "The Boulevard of Death" because it has been the site of so many fatal accidents. Many of these fatalities have resulted from jaywalking pedestrians trying to cross the wide street in the dark. Inadequate lighting, long blocks, and speeding have been factors in many deaths along Queens Boulevard. Pedestrians trying to cross this busy street at night, while drivers see nothing but a long stretch without stoplights, has led to many unfortunate and sometimes fatal accidents. Many times, the vehicles involved in these accidents speed away.
While the city has taken measures in recent years to reduce the number of accidents along Queens Boulevard, plenty of pedestrians are still being injured and killed along its length. Our pedestrian accident attorneys in Queens, Queens provide strong representation to clients who have been hit and injured by cars on Queens Boulevard and other streets throughout New York.
Street Chaos Can Lead to Catastrophe
In New York, pedestrians share space with bikes and cars every day. Whether through pedestrian inattention or driver negligence or another cause, the crowded streets can become accident scenes very easily. In any contest between a pedestrian and a car, the car will win.
If you or someone you love has been hit by a car, our attorneys make it a mission to help you secure the maximum possible compensation to help pay for the medical care, lost wages, and other expenses you are suffering as a result of your accident.
Take It One Step at a Time
If you've never filed a personal injury claim before, it is understandable that you might feel overwhelmed by the process. Our Queens pedestrian accident attorneys are here to make things easier for you, providing step-by-step guidance and taking care of the legal work while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
Pedestrian Accident FAQs
How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a pedestrian accident?
The statute of limitations, or deadline to file a claim, in most pedestrian accident cases in New York is three years from the date of injury. However, if someone died in a pedestrian accident, and their surviving spouse, dependents, or other eligible family members wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit, they have just two years from the date of death to do so.
Is a driver always at fault when hitting a pedestrian?
While drivers have a greater of duty of care to pedestrians than vice versa, they are not always entirely at fault in pedestrian accidents. Like motorists, pedestrians have certain responsibilities when it comes to sharing roadways with others. When they act carelessly, are negligent, or violate the law, they may share some of the blame. Under New York’s pure comparative negligence rule, pedestrians who are found partially at fault for an accident may still seek compensation by filing a personal injury claim, however, their total recovery will be reduced by the percentage of fault they are found to have.
What are some common causes of pedestrian accidents in Queens?
There are many different causes of pedestrian accidents in Queens and throughout New York City. Most often, these incidents result from negligence, typically on the part of the driver involved in the crash. Examples of this include distracted driving, speeding, running red lights or stop signs, drunk driving, failing to yield the right of way, violating traffic laws, and more. Other common causes of pedestrian accidents include poorly designed roadways, defective traffic signals, and even pedestrian negligence.
Do I need to see a doctor, even if I don't think I'm hurt?
Yes; you should always see a medical professional after a pedestrian accident, even if you do not believe you were hurt or that your injuries are minor and will heal on their own. Often, the shock of the accident can mask the severity of one’s injuries. It may not be possible to detect underlying damage and trauma, and some injuries may take hours, days, or even weeks to appear. Regardless of whether you think you are hurt or not, you should see a doctor or go to a hospital or urgent care center as soon as possible after an accident with a motor vehicle. This is important not only for your health, safety, and well-being but also for the success of your future personal injury claim.
What if the accident was partially my fault?
If you were partially at fault for the accident—or if the insurance company is arguing that you were to blame—you can still file a claim for compensation, but the amount you can recover will be affected. New York follows a pure comparative negligence rule, which allows injured parties to file personal injury claims regardless of their degree of fault (as long as it is less than 100%). However, under this rule, your recovery will be reduced by your at-fault percentage. So, if the court determines that you were 25% to blame for the pedestrian accident that caused your injuries and other damages, you will only be able to collect up to 75% of the total amount in damages that you would have received if you were not found at fault whatsoever.
What should I bring to my first meeting with a lawyer?
When visiting your attorney for the first time, there are a few things you can bring to provide your lawyer with important information about your case. A few things to bring, if possible, include any medical records you have, as well as medical bills and/or receipts for medical expenses. You should also bring recent paystubs, your insurance information, and evidence of the accident, if you have it. This evidence might include things like a copy of the official police report, witness statements and contact information, and pictures of the crash, your bike, and/or your injuries. If you have a personal account of what happened, as well as a timeline of the crash and its aftermath, bring that with you, as well. In short, the more documented evidence and information you can provide your attorney, the better. Our team at the Law Firm of Davidoff & Associates can answer your questions regarding what you should bring to your first appointment; give us a call or contact us online today to learn more.
Wrongful Death from Motor Vehicle Accident $10,018,876
Settlement for a wrongful death resulting from a motor vehicle accident.
Pedestrian Accident Involving a School Bus $1,950,000
75-year-old woman crossing the street when struck by a school bus, sustaining a fractured skull with associated traumatic brain injury.
Motor Vehicle Accident from a Rear-End Collision $1,375,000
47-year-old warehouse worker involved in a rear-end collision. He suffered neck and back injuries requiring disc fusion surgery to his lower back.
Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Lower Back Injury $1,350,000
37-year-old woman, a homemaker, sustained a serious injury while driving her child from school. Among other injuries, she suffered an injury to her lower back, requiring surgery involving a discectomy with fusion.
Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting from Rear-End Collision $1,250,000
A 42-year-old construction worker was involved in rear-end collision in the Bronx. Among other injuries, he suffered neck, shoulder and back injuries, requiring multiple surgeries. The case has been resolved at the time of trial.
Pedestrian Accident While Crossing the Street $1,250,000
A 71-year-old woman, a secretary, was crossing the street when she was hit by a car. She sustained multiple injuries, including a fractured leg, requiring several surgeries. The case has been resolved during the discovery stage.
Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting from Rear-End Collision $1,100,000
A 71-year-old retired female involved in a rear-end collision. She sustained traumatic injuries to both shoulders and neck which necessitated disc fusion.
Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Neck & Back Injury $1,000,000
A 37-year-old stay-at-home mother/wife sustained a severe injury to her neck and back.
Motor Vehicle Accident Involving a Parked Car $1,000,000
The Highest Verdict in the State of New York obtained in a Summary Jury Trial. A 68-year-old male was loading groceries inside his parked vehicle when another vehicle collided with his car. Subsequently, the claimant required two procedures to repair his disabled left shoulder.
Motor Vehicle Accident Involving a Cab Driver $975,000
A 50-year-old female cab driver was stopped at the light when she was struck in the rear by a van. Among other injuries, she sustained a severe injury to her neck that required a multi-level disc fusion.
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