Bicycle & Pedestrian Accidents
The number of pedestrians and bicyclists involved in traffic- related fatalities nationwide has risen sharply in recent years, after decades of decline. Pedestrian deaths marked their biggest increase in years, and 2016 saw more bicyclists die on the road than any year in over a quarter-century, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Nearly 65 percent of people who died in hit-and-run crashes were pedestrians or bicyclists. Bicycle and pedestrian accidents in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn can cause severe and often fatal injuries because of the minimal protection that these victims are afforded.
Part of the reason in this uptick is simply that more people are riding bikes to work and biking recreationally. But distracted driving and walking may also be an important factor, with many drivers focused on their smart phones at the wheel and pedestrians doing the same on foot. Traffic laws generally favor the pedestrian, especially at traffic signals and stop lights, granting them right-of-way in most instances and requiring drivers to take reasonable caution in watching for pedestrians and cyclists. Bicycle and pedestrian accidents often require legal consultation from a trusted professional.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The dedicated professionals at the Law Firm of Steven I. Fried, P.C. have extensive experience in bicycle and pedestrian accidents and can assist with your injury claims. With our experience and expertise we can investigate the incident quickly and accurately, to help you determine whether you have a valid claim for damages. If so, we can help guide you through the lengthy, complicated process of presenting your case and getting the results you deserve.