Pedestrians are the most vulnerable victims in a car accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident every 2 hours, and pedestrian injuries occur every 8 minutes. There are hundreds of car/pedestrian injury accidents in Buffalo every year. Attorney Steve Boyd has fought on behalf of pedestrians and bicyclists injured by negligent drivers in the Buffalo area and Western New York.
Causes of Pedestrian Injuries
The most common cause of pedestrian-car accidents is negligence. Even if a pedestrian is partially at fault, New York law allows them to recover compensation. Often, pedestrian accidents are caused by:
- Drivers who aren’t paying attention around pedestrians.
- Drunk driving
- Running stop signs and red lights and hitting pedestrians in the crosswalk
- Right turns through crosswalks without looking for pedestrians
- Texting while driving
- Illegally parked cars can also make it difficult to see pedestrians.
Common Pedestrian Injuries
In a collision between a car and a pedestrian, devastating results are inevitable. You have no protection when you’re a pedestrian. As a result, the injuries springing from these accidents are both severe and one-sided. Attorney Steve Boyd has represented pedestrian victims who have suffered:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
These injuries cause extensive pain and suffering and staggering medical expenses. Pedestrians are often unsure how to get their bills paid and what their rights are. Most drivers in New York carry No Fault insurance that protects the pedestrian no matter who is at fault.
Attorney Steve Boyd will help you take the steps necessary to have your initial expenses paid while your personal injury claim is being pursued. If you’re a pedestrian whose been injured by a car or truck, call us at 716-400-0000 for a free consultation.