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Queens Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Queens Pedestrian Accident LawyerWere you recently injured as a pedestrian in Queens, NY? You may be entitled to a significant financial award for the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and suffering. The Queens pedestrian accident lawyers at Oresky & Associates, PLLC will fight to secure maximum compensation on your behalf.

We’re top-rated, award-winning attorneys who fight passionately for Queens accident victims every day. Since our founding, we’ve helped our clients win more than $400 million in life-altering financial awards. 

The consequences of a pedestrian accident can be catastrophic. While you focus on getting better, allow our attorneys to handle insurance companies and take care of your legal claim. Your first consultation is free, so call now at (718) 993-9999 or contact us.

How Our Queens Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help If You’ve Been Hurt in a Pedestrian Accident

How Our Queens Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help If You’ve Been Hurt in a Pedestrian AccidentIt might be obvious that someone else caused your pedestrian accident. However, insurance companies and those responsible won’t make the process of getting compensation easy for you. Imagine if liability is contested, even slightly. Now is the time for you to focus on getting better, not worrying about the stress involved with a lawsuit.

That’s where our Queens personal injury lawyers can help.

At Oresky & Associates, PLLC, we’re committed to getting financial justice for our injured clients. Through hard work, dedication, and passion for what we do, we’ve been able to help catastrophically injured pedestrians pursue and win life-changing compensation. We’re here during your time of need, too.

If you’ve been hurt as a pedestrian and turn to our law firm for help, you can expect us to:

  • Handle the entirety of your personal injury case from start to finish
  • Give you the time and opportunity to recover
  • Investigate the circumstances of your traffic accident to determine the cause(s)
  • Pursue all available insurance benefits and/or seek damages through third-party lawsuits
  • Aggressively negotiate to secure a full and fair settlement offer on your behalf
  • Have an accomplished and respected trial lawyer bring your case to a jury in Queens, if necessary

To us, our clients are like family. We’ll provide the atmosphere of a small firm but make sure your case benefits from the resources of the big guys. Get in touch with our legal team in Queens to learn more if you’ve been hit by a car. We offer a free consultation, so call now.

Queens Pedestrian Accident Statistics (December 2021 Update)

Just how common are pedestrian accidents in Queens? In 2020, there were approximately 1,649 pedestrian accidents in the borough of Queens, accounting for 24.8% of all pedestrian-related accidents across New York City.

So, roughly one out of every four motor vehicle accidents involving a pedestrian happens on streets and intersections in Queens. 

Based on that figure, it means there are roughly 137 pedestrian accidents in Queens every month. 

According to the most recent data published by the NYPD, it appears that pedestrian accidents have increased since 2020. In December 2021, at least 196 pedestrians were involved in car accidents in the borough. Of those involved, 194 were injured, and 2 were killed.

What Is My Personal Injury Case Worth After a Queens Pedestrian Accident?

Pedestrian accident cases can often be worth more than other types of motor vehicle accident cases. Why? Since you have nothing to protect you, like a helmet or a large metal structure surrounding you, the chances of sustaining catastrophic injuries are significant. The costs and consequences of a pedestrian accident can be incredibly high.

In turn, the value of a related injury claim can also be high.

What your pedestrian accident case is worth will depend on:

  • The types of injuries you sustain
  • Whether or not you’ll be able to make a full recovery
  • How long it takes to recover fully, if that’s possible
  • The wages and income you lose out on while you get better
  • Whether or not you’ll be able to go back to work 
  • The extent to which you experience chronic pain and emotional distress
  • Whether your own negligence contributed to the accident

Our Queens pedestrian accident attorneys will conduct a thorough analysis of your case. We’ll enlist the assistance of experts and specialists to help us understand the scope of your injuries and trauma. Then, we’ll be prepared to move forward and aggressively pursue every cent you deserve from those responsible.

What Damages Can I Get If I’ve Been Injured as a Pedestrian in Queens?

Compensatory awards in the form of economic and non-economic damages can be available to injured pedestrians in Queens.

Economic damages help to offset the financial costs and expenses, such as:

  • Medical bills 
  • Rehabilitation
  • Nursing care
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Funeral and burial costs, if an accident results in wrongful death

Non-economic damages help to make up for more personal consequences, like:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Scarring
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Mental anguish 

In limited instances, punitive damages might also be available. However, these damages are reserved for cases when it’s clear that a defendant acted intentionally or with a blatant disregard for your safety.

Who’s Liable For My Injuries After a Pedestrian Accident?

Anyone who contributes to an accident involving a pedestrian can be on the hook for the resulting damages.

This might include:

  • Negligent drivers, including truck drivers and drivers of passenger cars
  • Motorcyclists
  • Bicyclists
  • Other pedestrians
  • Bus drivers
  • Bus companies
  • Employers of negligent parties
  • Government agencies, especially if a dangerous road design or a lack of pedestrian infrastructure contributed to the accident
  • Companies that manufactured or sold defective safety equipment

A thorough investigation into the cause of your accident will help to reveal who is ultimately to blame.

What Causes Most Pedestrian Accidents in Queens, NY?

Every day, pedestrians are involved in accidents on the streets of Queens.

Common causes of these tragic accidents include:

  • Failure to yield the right of way to pedestrians at intersections and crosswalks
  • Drivers racing through intersections to beat a yellow or red light
  • Distracted driving
  • Failure to look for pedestrians before making left turns or right-hand turns
  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Inadequate or non-existent sidewalks 
  • Debris on the sidewalk or in the road
  • Blocked sidewalks forcing pedestrians into the road

There can be one or more contributing factors to an accident. Our law firm will carefully investigate your specific situation to uncover every potential cause. 

What Happens If I’m Blamed For My Pedestrian Accident?

There’s a good chance that negligent parties and insurance companies will try to blame the victim. Sharing blame won’t mean that you can’t recover compensation. However, under New York’s comparative fault rule, it means that your damages will be reduced.

Damages will be adjusted to reflect your share of the blame. If you’re assigned 20% liability, your financial award will top out at 80% of your total damages.

Don’t accept more blame than you rightfully share, if any. Our Queens pedestrian accident lawyers will defend you at every turn, working to discredit allegations that you’re at fault. The less fault assigned to you, the higher your financial award can be.

Do I Need to Prove Negligence to Win My Case?

Most likely. While a lawsuit based on strict liability could be possible in limited circumstances, negligence is the primary cause of action for most personal injury cases.

Negligence means:

  • Someone owed you a duty of care; 
  • That person failed to act reasonably under the circumstances and breached this duty;
  • Their actions were the direct and proximate cause of your injuries; and
  • You’ve suffered damages – financial, physical, emotional – as a result.

You have to prove each of these elements to win your case. You’ll need evidence that establishes the defendant’s negligence by clear and convincing evidence. Helpful evidence can include pictures of the scene of the accident, eye-witness accounts, medical records, and specialist reports.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Pedestrian Accident in New York?

Three years is the statute of limitations that applies to most pedestrian accident lawsuits in New York State. If the accident is fatal, you’ll have two years to bring a wrongful death claim on behalf of a deceased loved one.

You may have more or less time to act, depending on the circumstances of your case. However, one thing is certain: you’ll lose the right to recover the compensation you deserve if you miss the deadline that applies to your specific case.

Don’t wait to contact Oresky & Associates, PLLC after your accident. We can get to work immediately and help to ensure that your right to compensation is preserved.

Schedule a Free Consultation With a Queens Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Have you sustained broken bones, a traumatic head injury, or another pedestrian accident injury while crossing the street? The Queens pedestrian accident lawyers at Oresky & Associates, PLLC are here for you. We assist clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries and lost family members in fatal pedestrian accidents throughout the greater NYC area. 

All it takes is one call to arrange a time to discuss your case. We’ll listen to your side of the story, assess your legal options, and help you map out a plan to maximize your financial recovery. Get a law firm with 30+ years of experience in your corner today. We’re standing by to take your call.

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