Our Lawyers File Claims for Pedestrians and Cyclists Hit By Cars in New York

New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Nassau County are some of the most congested cities in the country – with pedestrians and cyclists suffering in a growing number of automobile accidents.

Our local roadways are clogged with cars and trucks. Our sidewalks are packed with people trying to get to work, the subway, and school. Thousands of bicyclists are trying to share the streets with motor vehicles, commuting, riding for exercise, or cycling as part of their job.

What does it mean when you put all of these factors together? Danger, accidents, and injuries.

In New York, Pedestrians and Cyclists are Often Victims of Traffic Accidents

Unfortunately, the pedestrians and cyclists are typically at the losing end of accidents with cars and trucks on our city streets. They are the ones who suffer the worst injuries because they have nothing protecting them from the motor vehicles. Even “minor” accidents can cause substantial injuries to a pedestrian or bicycle rider, especially if the victim is a child.

At Levine and Wiss, PLLC, our experienced bicycle accident lawyers and pedestrian accident lawyers bring together decades of combined experience along with a dedication to helping those who have been hurt and who are in need. Our firm has a track record of creating results for our clients that earned us a place in Verdict Search’s Top New York Verdicts for 12 years in a row.

Let us bring our ability to produce results to your legal claim.

Pedestrian Accidents and Bicycle Accidents Occur in Many Ways in New York

  • Were you walking your child to school and hit by a car in Brooklyn?
  • Were you riding your bicycle in New York City when a dump truck knocked you off your bike?
  • Were you the victim of a hit and run accident while crossing the street in Queens?

All accidents are unique and have distinct facts and circumstances. However, some situations are more common than others when it comes to how pedestrians and cyclists get injured by cars and trucks. These are a few situations that our pedestrian and bicycle accident lawyers at Levine and Wiss see regularly. Here are some examples:

Crosswalk Accidents – Crosswalk accidents often involve children trying to get to school and other innocent pedestrians and cyclists trying to safely cross the street. Drivers might not see people in the crosswalk or might blatantly ignore signs, turning while people are crossing the street. Many city drivers do not understand who has the right of way when it comes to crosswalks.

Construction Zone Accidents -Pedestrians and bicyclists can easily be injured in construction zones. Large trucks moving in and out of driveways, making frequent stops, and hauling debris or equipment can put even the most cautious cyclist and pedestrian at risk.

Hit and Run Accidents – The number of hit-and-run accidents in New York City increased by 26% from 2013 to 2017. Hit and run accidents result in injuries to thousands of pedestrians and cyclists annually in New York City and death to several hundred.

Drunk Driving Accidents – We have all heard about one of these scenarios in New York-

  • Speeding drunk driver hits cyclist riding on the side of the road, causing severe head trauma
  • Drunk driver plows into crowded sidewalk causing dozens of injuries
  • A drunk driver runs a red light, hitting a mother and her infant strolling across the street in a crosswalk, causing their immediate death.

Every time we walk down the street or get on our bicycles, we face the risk of getting injured by someone driving a car or truck. Our children are also at risk. We can try to be extra-attentive to reduce some risks. Unfortunately, we can’t prevent all accidents from occurring.

However, we can hold people accountable when they are negligent or reckless and cause harm to those we love. Call our pedestrian and bicycle accident lawyers at Levine and Wiss if you or a family member got hit by a car or truck. Let us determine if you are entitled to obtain compensation for your injuries, pain, and suffering.

Pedestrians and Bicyclists Suffer Severe Injuries in Accidents With Cars and Trucks in New York

Like all motor vehicle accidents, crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists can result in a wide range of injuries. However, people walking and riding are more likely than people in cars to suffer very serious injuries.

Pedestrians have no protection. When we walk the streets of our cities and towns, we do so with little thought to the dangers around us. If we did, we would walk around in suits of armor or bubble wrap. Cyclists should be wearing helmets, but even helmets can’t protect riders from everything, especially the force of a large truck or SUV. Even when cars are driving slowly, impact with a person can result in catastrophic injuries or death.

Some of the common injuries we see in accidents between motor vehicles and pedestrians/bicyclists include:

  • Broken bones
  • Crushed limbs
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Paralysis
  • Skull fracture
  • Severe lacerations
  • Amputation
  • Disfigurement

These injuries can require treatments ranging from surgeries, stitches, and medication to a lifetime of assistance from caregivers and medical devices. Many pedestrians and bicycle riders never quite recover from their injuries.

Injuries in accidents like pedestrian and bicycle accidents are not just physical. The emotional trauma can be overwhelming. There will also likely be financial injuries because of missed work, increased medical expenses, and loss of income down the road as you try to recover. Calling our lawyers at Levine and Wiss can help you focus on your health while we focus on trying to obtain compensation for your injuries and suffering.

Call Levine and Wiss, New York Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident Lawyers To Learn More About Filing Your Claim

To protect your rights and to help you secure the kind of compensation that your injuries actually warrant after a bike or pedestrian accident, turn to our experienced personal injury lawyers at Levine and Wiss, PLLC. We are dedicated to helping our clients secure the maximum compensation. Call toll-free at (888) 468-4878 or 888-GOT-HURT. If you would prefer, contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.

Our representation is offered on a contingent fee basis. We only collect attorneys’ fees if we secure compensation for you.