Suffolk County Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Helping Clients Pursue Rightful Compensation
Busy cities with crowded sidewalks and chaotic roads are a recipe for disaster. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable, and the outcomes of these accidents are often bleak. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that pedestrian accidents account for over 5% of all traffic fatalities.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The Law Office of Frank A. Cetero understands the scope of these accidents and how they can destroy your life. We believe in providing aggressive representation and compassionate counsel to those who need it most. With decades of experience handling pedestrian accident cases, we are prepared to help you pursue the compensation you may deserve.
Don't wait. Call our Suffolk County legal team at (631) 735-6464. The Law Office of Frank A Cetero also offers legal counsel in Spanish.
Pedestrian Knockdown in New York
When a person is struck by a car, truck, or bus, this is called a pedestrian knockdown accident; and the results can be devastating or even fatal. Unfortunately, drivers of taxicabs, cars, trucks, and city buses don't always observe crosswalks and fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians.
When pedestrians and motor vehicles collide, lives can be ruined. These injuries may not just affect the victim physically but may cause the victim to lose time from work and incur medical treatment expenses.
At our firm, we handle a range of claims for victims of pedestrian knockdown accidents from "soft tissue" injuries to wrongful death, including:
- Driver failing to yield to a pedestrian
- The driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Reckless driving
- Failing to watch for pedestrians when turning or reversing
Proving Fault in a Pedestrian Accident
A general rule of the road is that pedestrians always have the right of way. Drivers and pedestrians are responsible for staying on their respective sides of the road and obeying signs and traffic directions. However, when a bystander is hit by a motorist, "fault" may not be clear. In general, fault is determined by negligence which is the failure to follow the rules.
A driver breaks the rules by not paying attention or speeding illegally. If their actions result in injury, they could be held liable for the accident and face legal penalties. On the other hand, if the pedestrian crosses the road too soon or too late during rush hour, they are not following traffic directions and may jeopardize their safety in the process. By breaking the rules, the pedestrian could become liable for the accident.
When both parties neglect their duty of care, proving fault becomes difficult. In these cases, evidence carries even more weight, and the court may take into account the fact that the pedestrian has less protection than the motorist. Depending on the strength of the evidence and the attorneys' argument, the pedestrian could get compensation for their injuries.
Ultimately, the outcome of a pedestrian accident case depends almost entirely on your legal representation. Without the guidance of an attorney, you may not be able to pursue compensation.
We Can Help Get Peace of Mind
Careless (or reckless) acts often injure pedestrians. If you're injured in a pedestrian accident, there are multiple means available for holding liable the responsible person or party. The first available to you is the negligence action. This is known as negligence. The negligence action allows pedestrians injured by negligent persons to sue for medical costs, lost wages, lost earnings, and compensation for pain and suffering.
Schedule your consultation with our Suffolk County pedestrian accident attorneys for more information.