Most Common Factors in Pedestrian Accidents

Are you or someone you know a victim of a pedestrian accident? If so, contact us for a free consultation on New York Hit and Run Law today!

A pedestrian must exercise reasonable care for his or her own safety. The care required of the pedestrian must be in proportion to the danger to be avoided and the consequences that might be reasonably anticipated. Contributory negligence may be assessed against a pedestrian if they failed to exercise such care and directly contributed to the cause of their own injuries.

A few of the most common factors contributing to pedestrian negligence are:

Pedestrians who ignore the “walk” signal at an intersection
Pedestrians who enter a stream of traffic and disrupt the flow
Pedestrians who fail to use marked cross walks
Pedestrians who “dart” in front of a vehicle
Be aware that those who may be legally responsible for your injuries might try to blame you for the accident, by claiming that your own negligence was the cause of what happened. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, you should do the following:

Call the police immediately
Do not leave the scene of the accident until police arrive
Gather names, phone numbers and addresses of all witnesses
Obtain the registration and insurance information of all vehicles involved.
Record a description of the vehicles involved, including license plate number, make and model
Record the time, location, weather conditions, road conditions, estimated speed of vehicles involved and damage to vehicles and other property
Do not make any statements to anyone except a police officer
Call an ambulance if you suspect you may have been injured. It is important that you seek treatment immediately, not days afterward
Are you or someone you know a victim of a pedestrian accident? If so, contact us for a free consultation on New York Hit and Run Law today!

Michael Gunzburg, P.C. is a New York pedestrian accident and pedestrian knockdown law firm serving the New York Metropolitan area, including New York City, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland and Orange Counties.

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