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As traffic continues to increase, those who choose to walk – or who must walk from their parking spaces to their destinations – face increased risk from negligent drivers. When you’re on foot, there is nothing to protect you from the impact of an accident, and as a result, your injuries and losses can be immense. If you find yourself in this challenging position, an experienced Albany pedestrian accident attorney can help.

The Right of Way at Intersections

In New York, pedestrians always have the right of way in crosswalks, and this is true whether the crosswalk is marked or not. The only exception is when there are traffic lights guiding traffic or pedestrian signals guiding those on foot – in these instances, the signs must be followed. Crosswalks refer to opposite sides of the road from curb to curb at intersections – or from edge to edge when there are no curbs – and to wherever else they’re marked. It’s important to note that just because you have the right of way does not mean motorists will safely yield to you – always proceed with caution.

The Driver’s Fault in the Matter

Pedestrians are most vulnerable to accidents when they are crossing the road, and if you’re injured while crossing a road legally, the driver who hits you is responsible for the legal damages you incur, which can include all the following:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost income
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering

Pedestrian accidents are often caused by driver negligence, such as the following:

  • Distraction
  • Exhaustion
  • Impairment
  • Excess speed
  • Aggression
  • Failure to follow the rules of the road
  • Failure to yield the right of way in accordance with the law
  • Failure to employ the necessary caution when making turns

The Insurance Company’s Role

If you’re injured by a motorist’s negligence, you’ll file your claim with their insurance provider, but it’s important to know that the insurance company is invested in limiting your settlement – in support of its own profits. Your accomplished pedestrian accident attorney has the legal knowledge, negotiation skills, and insight to help you obtain the compensation to which you’re entitled.


What should I do first?

After seeking the medical attention that you need, the most important step you can take is consulting with a focused pedestrian accident attorney.

Is my pain and suffering covered?

Yes, if you suffered significant pain and suffering as a result of the other driver’s negligence, you can seek compensation for this important category of loss.

Can’t I expect the insurance company to treat my claim fairly?

The insurance company will do what it can to keep your compensation low. Having skilled legal representation in your corner is the surest means of protecting your claim.

Consult with an Experienced Albany Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today

The formidable Albany pedestrian accident attorneys at Steve Foley Law Firm take immense pride in our solid track record of successfully advocating for advantageous claim resolutions in support of our clients’ brightest futures. Learn more by contacting us online or calling us at 716-249-2222 today.