In New York or any large city, crossing the street as a pedestrian has its risks. With the number of drivers who are speeding, reckless, distracted, under the influence and are otherwise behaving in a dangerous way, pedestrian accidents can happen without warning. These crashes can cause serious injuries and fatalities. A pedestrian's vulnerabilities are inherent when they are hit by a car. Understanding statistics for these crashes is important. So too is considering a legal filing for compensation after such a collision.
Road workers are prevalent in Staten Island and across New York City. When these workers are doing their jobs, it is important for drivers to watch where they are going and keep safety in mind. Unfortunately, some drivers might not adhere to the proper safety requirements and accidents will happen. If a worker or any pedestrian is hit by a car, there can be broken bones, brain injuries, spinal cord damage and other problems that require medical care. A legal filing might be necessary to recover sufficient compensation to pay for all that was lost.
Despite New York lawmakers and law enforcement officials making attempts to improve pedestrian safety in various ways, the streets are still rife with danger. Vehicles are rushing back and forth, there are many drivers whose living relies on getting as many passengers as possible and the hurried nature of the city has inherent risks. Still, drivers are expected to keep a close eye on pedestrians and to adhere to the law. When automobile-pedestrian accidents happen, they can cause serious injuries and death.
New York lawmakers are cognizant of the risks bicyclists face when sharing the road with motor vehicles in a busy and bustling city. To address the number of bicycle accidents with injuries and fatalities that have caused so much damage, city legislators have been actively promoting new laws and solutions. Unfortunately, the reason there has been such attention paid to this issue is the rising frequency of bicycle-auto accidents and, within a short period of time, there were three across New York City recently.
While pedestrians are a common site on Staten Island, summertime sees an increase in pedestrian activity across New York. When the weather is pleasant, people are more apt to want to take a walk, jog outside or ride their bikes. However, it is essential that motorists pay extra attention to pedestrians in their vicinity in the summer months, to avoid causing a pedestrian accident.
In Staten Island, it is important for drivers to pay strict attention to pedestrians. This is especially true when there are elderly people and children on the street. Because drivers might speed, behave recklessly, drive while distracted and make other risky maneuvers, pedestrian knockdowns can happen. In a worst-case scenario, these can become fatal pedestrian accidents. To make the situation even more problematic, many drivers will flee the scene after a crash. Hit-and-run accidents will inevitably lead to criminal charges. Law enforcement is vigilant in finding drivers who have fled after a pedestrian accident, so it is imperative that those who have been hurt or lost a loved one have legal help immediately.
When Staten Islanders cross the street in a crosswalk, drivers are required by law to yield to them. Unfortunately, many drivers do not adhere to the law, especially when it comes to pedestrians. Some drivers are distracted, reckless or under the influence. Others are simply not being cautious. Given their vulnerability, pedestrians can suffer serious injuries and fatalities when they are struck by a car. Understanding the necessary steps to pursue compensation in a legal filing is imperative for accident victims.
With the number of pedestrians on the road in Staten Island and throughout New York, it is no surprise there are pedestrian accidents with injuries and fatalities. These incidents occur often and there are many reasons for them. Researchers assess and analyze statistics to determine the cause and try to find ways to prevent them, saving people from injury and death. Unfortunately, there are ancillary factors in every issue and with pedestrian accidents, a new study from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) says that SUVs are a major cause for the rise in these crashes. People who have been hurt or lost a loved one in a pedestrian crash should be cognizant of the potential cause if they would like to file a lawsuit for compensation.
Pedestrians are in jeopardy of being injured and losing their lives in an auto accident at any time, but the most vulnerable people face the highest risk. Children are among them. While the law seeks to keep children safe in areas where they are known to congregate, drivers will still engage in a variety of risky acts that place children and others in danger. This is a concern not just in specific areas, but in other locations as well. Distracted drivers, drivers who go at excessive speeds, drivers under the influence, fatigued drivers and more can cause pedestrian accidents.
When Staten Islanders are out and about as pedestrians, there is an expectation that if they follow the rules of the road, drivers will do the same. However, it is unfortunate that some drivers do not adhere to the basic traffic laws by stopping at red lights, stop signs and fail to yield to pedestrians. To make matters worse, some drivers hit a pedestrian and then flee the scene without regard as to whether the person needs medical attention. For those who were injured or had a loved one killed in pedestrian accidents, having legal advice is vital.