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Walking is a great way to get out and enjoy the fresh air, get in some exercise, and do your part for the environment, but it also increases your risk of being injured by driver negligence. At some point, we’re all pedestrians, and it pays to know your rights and responsibilities, which can help you stay safe out there. If a negligent motorist leaves you or someone you care about injured, it’s time to consult with an experienced Syracuse pedestrian accident attorney.

Know When to Cross

In New York, pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks unless there are traffic lights, pedestrian signals, or both – which must be followed. A crosswalk refers to any crossing from curb to curb on opposite sides of a street – or from edge to edge when there is no curb. Crosswalks do not have to be marked, and they’re not always at intersections.

Serious Losses

Pedestrian accidents are often very serious, and as a result, the losses – or legal damages – tend to be steep.

Medical Costs

Pedestrians often suffer catastrophic injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, limb loss, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and broken bones, and as a result, their medical expenses may be ongoing. Serious complications and secondary health concerns are not uncommon, and they are closely associated with exponential increases in overall cost.

Lost Wages

A serious injury often means lost hours and lost wages on the job. If your ability to continue advancing your career – or to do your job at all – is affected, this category of loss can be that much more significant.

Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering refers to the emotional and psychological damages victims of violent pedestrian accidents often experience, which can include:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Increased anxiety
  • A tendency to self-isolate
  • Terrifying accident flashbacks
  • Emotional numbness, mood swings, or both
  • Depressive episodes

Driver Negligence

Drivers who fail to take the necessary precautions to protect pedestrians in their midst are negligent drivers, and that negligence can take any of the following forms:

  • Failure to follow the rules of the road, including yielding the right of way to pedestrians as required by law
  • Excess speed
  • Distraction
  • Exhaustion
  • Aggression
  • Impairment


How can I prove the driver is at fault?

Pedestrian accident claims hinge on evidence and careful legal strategizing – both of which are best left to your practiced pedestrian accident attorney.

Is there a time limit involved?

Yes, in New York, victims of pedestrian accidents generally have only three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. Resolving a complex accident claim can take a considerable amount of time, which makes seeking legal representation early in the process advised.

Will I need to pay my attorney by the hour?

No, most pedestrian accident attorneys are paid on contingency, which means they receive a predetermined percentage of their clients’ compensation after their claims are successfully resolved.

An Experienced Syracuse Pedestrian Accident Attorney Is Standing By to Help

The savvy Syracuse pedestrian accident attorneys at Steve Foley Law Firm are well-prepared and well-positioned to help guide your claim toward an optimal outcome that supports your most complete recovery. Contact us online or call us at 716-249-2222 for more information today.