When we’re growing up, our parents teach us to look both ways before crossing the street. We’re also also taught to wait until the pedestrian signal says “WALK” and for traffic to come to a complete stop before entering the roadway. By following those basic safety precautions, crossing the street is never supposed to be a dangerous activity.
Unfortunately, New York City remains a dangerous place for pedestrians. Too frequently, motorists fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians who are lawfully crossing the street within the crosswalk. Every year, approximately 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured after getting struck by motor vehicles, including more than 250 fatalities. Being struck by a motor vehicle is one of the leading cause of injury-related death for children under 14, and the second leading cause of death among senior citizens. Even with stricter laws, enforcement and public education, crashes between cars and pedestrians remain unacceptably high.
Being involved in a crash with a motor vehicle can be a life-changing experience. At Kramer, Dunleavy & Ratchik, PLLC, we don’t just throw arounds terms like “pain and suffering” and “loss of enjoyment of life” but listen carefully to our clients to understand how crashes have changed their lives. If you’ve been injured after struck by a motor vehicle, call us for a free consultation. We will listen to your story and make sure that your rights are protected and that you get the compensation you deserve.