Westchester Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Were you recently injured as a pedestrian in Westchester County, NY? Contact Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation, and our Westchester pedestrian accident attorneys can help you fight to maximize your recovery.
Our law firm offers a free initial case assessment, so give us a quick call to arrange yours today. We’re always here to take your call, 24/7/365.
Why Should I Call Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. After My Westchester Pedestrian Accident?
Westchester County has incredibly busy roads. Sadly, most of those roads were designed to accommodate high-speed traffic, not pedestrians. As a result, pedestrians lack the infrastructure and safety features necessary to keep them safe. When forced to share the road with large vehicles, accidents are bound to happen. Unfortunately, it’s the pedestrians who tend to suffer the consequences.
When you’ve been hit by a car in Westchester County, the person (or people) who caused your injuries must be held accountable. Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. will stand by your side and work tirelessly to make that a reality. Our Westchester personal injury lawyers have more than 200 years of combined experience helping accident victims like you. Thanks to our dedication and perseverance, we’ve been able to recover more than $1 Billion on their behalves. We’ll fight just as hard for you, too.
Among other things, we will:
- Investigate and gather evidence to support your demands for compensation
- Determine why the accident happened and who is responsible
- Seek damages from anyone who contributed to your pedestrian accident
- Limit the effectiveness of claims that you’re to blame for your injuries
- Level the playing field and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf
- Bring in experts to help us navigate the valuation process, and
- Have our accomplished NYC trial lawyers argue your case in front of a jury.
Our goal is to help you recover the compensation you need and deserve after your Westchester County traffic accident. We’ll handle every aspect of your legal case so that you can concentrate on getting better. Just give us a call today to schedule a free consultation and learn more.
Westchester County Pedestrian Accident Statistics
How common are pedestrian accidents in Westchester? According to the New York State Department of Health, there are anywhere between one and two accidents involving pedestrians every single day.
In 2014, there were 571 pedestrian accidents in Westchester County, NY. As a result of these injuries, 241 pedestrians were taken to the emergency room for treatment. Another 50 pedestrians sustained injuries so severe that they were hospitalized after their accidents.
In total, pedestrian accidents comprise 1.6 percent of all traffic accidents in Westchester County. However, pedestrian accidents account for 7.1 percent of accident-related traumatic brain injury emergency room visits and more than 25 percent of all accident-related TBI hospitalizations. One out of every four traffic accident victims who is hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury is a pedestrian.
Which Intersections Are Most Dangerous For Pedestrians in Westchester?
Accidents involving pedestrians tend to happen at or near intersections because this is where they’re most likely to cross paths with other travelers. While any intersection can pose a threat, some are particularly dangerous. These include:
- Route 22 and the Cross Westchester Expressway (North White Plains)
- Elmwood Avenue and Route 141 (Hawthorne)
- Route 9A and North State Road (Briarcliff)
- Route 202 and Route 35 (Yorktown)
- Maple Avenue and Bloomingdale Road (White Plains), and
- Bedford Road and Main Street (Armonk).
If you’re walking in Westchester County, you might want to think twice before crossing the road at these intersections.
Why Are There So Many Pedestrian Accidents in Westchester?
There are a lot of different factors that can cause a car accident involving a pedestrian. Many times, these accidents happen because motorists are negligent in some way. Some common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Attempting to beat a red or yellow light at an intersection
- Failing to look for pedestrians when turning
- Drunk driving, and
- Failing to yield the right of way.
Pedestrians can also cause or contribute to accidents. In fact, an increasing number of accidents are happening because pedestrians are distracted. Rather than paying attention to traffic, more and more people are focused on their phones. As a result, pedestrians are walking directly into traffic and creating hazardous conditions.
It’s important to note that a lack of dedicated pedestrian infrastructure – including sidewalks, adequate lighting, crosswalks, and traffic signals – also contribute to accidents.
Who’s Liable For My Injuries After a Pedestrian Accident in Westchester County?
Anyone who contributes to your accident or your resulting injuries can be held financially accountable. This could include:
- Drivers of motor vehicles
- Uber and Lyft drivers
- Truck drivers
- Bus drivers
- Transit companies
- Other pedestrians
- Employers of at-fault parties
- Government agencies
- Product manufacturers, and more.
It’s important to identify all liable parties after your accident. That’s why Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. will conduct a thorough investigation into your collision. When we understand why the accident happened we can identify who is responsible. Once we have that information, we’ll aggressively seek damages from anyone who caused you to get hurt. This approach can help us recover maximum compensation on your behalf.
Sharing Fault For Your Westchester Pedestrian Accident
Don’t panic if other parties point fingers and try to blame you for the accident. At the same time, don’t stand by and do nothing. You’ll need to disprove these claims, as they could hurt your ability to recover comepnsation.
New York is a comparative negligence state, which means that your damages can be reduced if you share fault for your accident. Damages are reduced by the degree to which you’re at fault. The more blame shifted to you, the less money you can get.
Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. has been going toe-to-toe with insurance companies in New York for decades. We’ll all too familiar with this common tactic. We’re also familiar with how to protect you and limit how effective this kind of strategy is. We’ll work hard to minimize your contributing role in the accident – if you had one at all. Again, the less fault allocated to you, the more money can potentially recover on your behalf.
Pedestrians Vulnerable to Debilitating, Catastrophic Injuries in Westchester Accidents
When you’re walking down the street, you don’t have the luxury of a large steel frame to protect you if you’re in an accident. That means that you’re much more likely to sustain severe or fatal injuries in a crash. At Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C., we represent clients who, after being in a pedestrian accident, sustained injuries including:
- Back injury
- Broken bones
- Crushing injury
- Eye injury
- Head injury
- Lost limbs
- Neck injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Wrongful death, and more.
If you’ve been injured as a pedestrian in Westchester, our team of compassionate attorneys is here to help. We understand that your injuries might not allow you to make it into our law office, so we can arrange a time to come to you at home or at the hospital. Just give us a quick call to learn more today.
Damages Available to Injured Westchester County Pedestrians
When someone else causes you to get hurt, you need to hold them accountable. They’re responsible for your suffering, and they must be responsible for the consequences. When you file an injury claim or personal injury lawsuit, you might be entitled to recover damages for:
- Medical bills and expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages and income
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
We want to be sure that we know exactly what your case is worth. So, our team will turn to experts and professionals for help as we begin to identify your damages and navigate the valuation process. When we sit down to negotiate a settlement, we’ll be able to point to expert-backed evidence and testimony in support of our demands.
You Have a Limited Amount of Time to Assert Your Rights
New York imposes a statute of limitations on all personal injury lawsuits. If you’ve been injured as a pedestrian because someone else was negligent, you’ll generally have three years to file a claim for damages. The clock will begin to run when you discover that you’ve been hurt.
You will essentially waive your right to ask for compensation if you do not file your claim on time. So, it’s critical to begin working on your case right away.
Let Our Westchester Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Help You
Have you been injured in a pedestrian accident in Westchester County? The experienced Westchester personal injury attorneys at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. can help you fight to recover the compensation you deserve. Give our law firm a call to arrange a free, no-obligation case assessment today and learn more.