Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Protecting Long Island
Long Island is a high-risk area for pedestrian accidents. Unfortunately, when someone on foot is struck by a motor vehicle, they have much less protection than the driver. The impact can be devastating, resulting in serious, potentially fatal injuries. In the aftermath of a pedestrian accident, victims may be faced with hospitalization, mounting medical bills and other losses.
Distracted driving has also become more common than ever, which further contributes to the increasing number of pedestrian accidents in Long Island. If you’ve been hit by a car while walking, trust the experienced legal team at Trantolo & Trantolo to fight for the compensation you deserve.
How a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Can Help You
After a pedestrian accident, seek medical attention right away. Call the police and stay at the scene, getting the names of any witnesses to the accident. If possible, take photos of the scene and current road conditions.
As you recover from your injuries, don’t try to handle the case on your own. A pedestrian accident lawyer can help you secure damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
The dedicated legal team assigned to your case will work tirelessly to hold the negligent party responsible. Trantolo & Trantolo has knowledgeable attorneys and a strong reputation of successfully representing accident victims.
Why Do Long Island Pedestrian Accidents Happen?
There are many reasons why pedestrian accidents happen on Long Island. Here are some of the most common causes.
- Distracted Driving: Drivers who are distracted by their phones, GPS or another device are more likely to cause accidents, including those involving pedestrians.
- Impaired Driving: Whether under the influence of alcohol or drugs, impaired drivers are more likely to make mistakes behind the wheel that can lead to a pedestrian accident.
- Speeding: On Long Island roads, speeding can be a major problem. Drivers who exceed the speed limit are more likely to lose control of their vehicles. Inclement weather conditions can make the consequences of speeding even more dangerous.
- Road Conditions: Failing to drive appropriately for certain weather and traffic conditions.
To determine fault in a pedestrian accident, New York follows a comparative negligence rule. The injured party can still recover compensation, even if they are found partially responsible for the accident.
New York State Laws That Help Protect Pedestrians
All drivers in New York are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are crossing the road at crosswalks. Drivers must stop and yield to pedestrians who have a green light or are crossing with the walk signal.
Motorists also have a responsibility to exercise caution to avoid a collision with a pedestrian. Drivers should use care when operating their vehicles and remain alert to pedestrians, even in areas without a crosswalk.
Hurt In a Pedestrian Accident? Call Trantolo & Trantolo
No one expects to be in a pedestrian accident but unfortunately, these incidents happen. If you or a loved one has been struck by a vehicle on Long Island, it’s important to seek legal help to obtain the compensation you deserve. Let Our Family, Help Your Family™.
Contact Trantolo & Trantolo to get started today.