Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in NYC

Holding motorists accountable for serious injuries and death

In New York, pedestrians have to share busy streets with cars and bikes that often are driven by people who are distracted or in a rush. The result is often a disregard for crosswalks, stoplights and stop signs that in turn causes serious and even deadly pedestrian accidents.

Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson helps injured pedestrians and their family members through the ordeal that follows a crash. Our lawyers pride ourselves on the compassionate, personal representation that clients need when their world seems to be shattered.

Seeking the best results possible for injured clients

Walkers, rollerbladers, joggers and children are often blamed in vehicle-pedestrian accidents. Unfortunately, they are also the ones who are seriously injured. Our firm pursues every detail in a case and hires experts when necessary to ensure all of the facts are presented and the responsible party is held accountable.

Our practice includes pedestrian accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, buses and taxis. We help victims suffering from any type of injury, including brain injuries and spinal injuries, and families who have lost a loved one as a result of a pedestrian accident.

Determining who is responsible

Pedestrians in a crosswalk have the right of way, and any vehicle approaching an occupied crosswalk must yield. Drivers must also obey all traffic laws. However, pedestrians also have responsibilities:

  • They must obey all traffic signals.
  • A pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection must yield the right of way to all vehicles.
  • A pedestrian cannot cross an intersection diagonally or walk on a road when a sidewalk is present.
  • When no sidewalk is available, a pedestrian must walk along the left side of the road and move as far left as possible when a vehicle approaches.

A careful review of the laws and the facts helps our lawyers assess whether we can prove a driver’s liability. One clear indicator of liability is evidence that a traffic law was violated. Even when police do not cite an at-fault driver in an accident, our attorneys may be able to prove in civil court that a traffic violation precipitated the crash and establish responsibility for the resulting injury.

Traffic offenses we look for are:

  • DUI
  • Running a stop sign or red light
  • Speeding
  • Driving out of the correct lane
  • Disregarding a marked crosswalk

Here to help when you need it most

Pedestrian accidents can be the most serious, because victims have no protection between themselves and a moving vehicle. If you or a loved one has been injured, let our lawyers see what they can do to help you and your family. Contact Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson online or at 844.302.8312 for a free consultation.