WHY PEDESTRIAN KNOCK DOWN ACCIDENTS HAPPEN IN NEW YORK
Pedestrian knock downs are a common occurrence in New York City. Everyone is hasty, drivers are running red lights, and pedestrians don’t watch where they are walking. In fact, the latest DMV report for car crashes stated that 14650 pedestrian related accidents happened in New York of which 30% resulted in moderate to serious injuries.
Causes of pedestrian knock downs
Cell phone use and texting
One of the most common causes of pedestrian knockdowns is due to drivers using their cell phones to make a call or text. Many drivers are texting while driving and therefore paying zero attention to the road. Of course, we shouldn’t forget about the pedestrians who are texting while walking, but that’s another story.
New York is a busy city and everyone is always on the go, go, go. The problem is that people become so distracted by what’s happening in their lives that they forget to pay attention to what’s happening on the roads.
Failure to yield right of way
A large chunk of pedestrian knock down accidents happens because motorist doesn’t give the right of way to pedestrians when due. This is likely due to a combination of being in a hurry, impatience and distraction.
According to the DMV motor vehicle accident report, pedestrian confusion contributes to almost as many accidents as driver distraction. Some of the most serious injuries occur when pedestrians cross the road where there is neither a signal nor a crosswalk.
All of these reasons for pedestrian knock downs could easily have been avoided if everyone had been paying attention and adhered to the rules of the road.
A pedestrian who was knocked over by a car and had to undergo minor spinal surgery and had sustained a shoulder injury contacted Linden Law to assist him with his claim. Linden Law won him a $200 000 settlement to cover his medical fees, lost wages and to compensate for his pain and suffering. If you were in a pedestrian knockdown accident, call Linden Law at 212-804-8440 for a free evaluation of your case.