Compensation Available for Queens Pedestrian Accident Victims
Through a pedestrian accident claim, you could recover compensation for your losses. At Finz & Finz P.C., a Queens pedestrian accident attorney could help you seek fair compensation for the losses you’ve incurred, including the following:
- Costs of medical treatment and rehabilitation for injuries you suffered in the accident
- Costs of long-term care, such as home health care or home renovations, for permanent disabilities that result from your injuries
- Loss of income due to missed time from work caused by the injuries you sustained in the accident
- Loss of future earnings and employment benefits if permanent disabilities prevent you from returning to work
- Loss of quality and enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
Can I Still Be Compensated If the Driver Fled the Accident Scene?
If the driver who hit you flees the scene, you might think you have lost your opportunity to recover compensation for the injuries and losses you suffer. However, you may still be able to secure compensation for your injuries if you have your own auto insurance policy.
In New York, auto insurance policies must include supplemental under insured motorist (SUM) and uninsured motorist (UM) coverage with a limit equal to the liability coverage you have purchased. Although uninsured motorist coverage is normally used in auto accidents where the at-fault driver does not have the liability insurance coverage required by New York law, UM coverage could also be used in hit-and-run pedestrian accidents since hit-and-run drivers are treated as uninsured.
Common Injuries Suffered in Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians have little to protect themselves if they are hit by a vehicle. As a result, pedestrian accidents often result in serious or potentially life-threatening injuries, even at low speeds.
Common injuries pedestrians suffer in accidents in Queens include the following:
- Abrasions, including road rash
- Broken or fractured bones
- Crush injuries
- Hand and arm injuries
- Leg and knee injuries
- Herniated disc injuries
- Ligament sprains and tears
- Muscle or tendon strains and tears
- Internal organ injuries and bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and facial injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
New York Pedestrian Accident Statistics
- 312 pedestrian deaths in motor vehicle-related accidents per year
- 3,027 hospitalizations per year from motor vehicle-related pedestrian accidents
- 12,506 emergency department visits per year due to motor vehicle-related pedestrian accidents
Data also shows that rates of fatalities and hospitalizations were highest for males aged 65 and older. Emergency room visit rates were highest for males ages 20 through 24.