Syracuse Pedestrian Crash Injury Attorneys

Were you a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle?

If you or a loved one were hit by a negligent driver of a truck, car, SUV, tractor trailer or other commercial vehicle, you need an experienced motor vehicle injury attorney. Even at low speeds, vehicle-pedestrian crashes can cause much worse injuries than a typical car accident.  This is due to the obvious fact that pedestrians have very little physical protection if struck by a vehicle. It is important to work with an experienced law firm to navigate New York State laws regarding pedestrian-vehicle crashes and ensure that you have the proper protection and coverage for your injuries.

30+ Years of Experience

The team of personal injury attorneys at the DeMore Law Firm have over 30 years of combined experience fighting and winning compensation for clients who were hit and injured by a motor vehicle. We won $1.5 million for the estate of a 48 year old woman who was struck and killled by a vehicle in a grocery store parking lot. We won $1.2 million for an 84 year old man who sustained multiple fractures when a vehicle backed over him in his driveway. We won $1 million for a 61 year old who was struck by a tractor trailer and sustained numerous fractures.

Anyone could be a victim of a pedestrian crash and injuries resulting from the same can be significant and life-altering.  Even if you follow proper pedestrian and traffic rules, use crosswalks, look both ways, and be mindful in parking lots, you can still be injured by a negligent driver.  It is our job to ensure our clients receive proper financial compensation for their injuries due to another person’s negligence.

Common Injuries and Recovery Time

Pedestrians are at a greater risk of severe injuries in a pedestrian-vehicle crash. The human body is considerably more fragile than any vehicle on the road. These injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to  broken bones, brain & spine injuries, mental/emotional trauma, permanent disabilities, amputations, and even death. Pedestrians hit by a car, truck, or other vehicle can sustain life-altering injuries lasting for months or even years.

Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Most often, the cause of a pedestrian-vehicle crash is a negligent, reckless, distracted or aggressive driver failing to comply with traffic laws. Many factors come into play that can increase the risk of these drivers hitting a pedestrian, including speeding, texting, distracted driving, influence of alcohol or drugs, bad weather conditions, aggressive driving, etc. Even when a pedestrian may not have the right of way, a driver can still be held liable for the injuries sustained if the driver was negligent. Drivers have a duty to watch for pedestrians when operating their vehicle, especially in higher foot-traffic areas (e.g., schools zones, churches, playgrounds, neighborhoods, intersections and near sidewalks).

Pedestrian-Vehicle Crash Statistics

In the US, automobile-pedestrian crashes resulted in more than 6,700 pedestrian deaths in 2020. In New York State alone, vehicle crashes kill over 300 pedestrians each year, injure more than 15,000, and over 3,000 of those injuries result in hospital admissions. Children and seniors over the age of 65 are the most susceptible groups to pedestrian injuries and deaths.

It’s Never Too Early To Meet With An Attorney

Our lawyers, Tim DeMore and Phil Dysert, have over 30 years of combined personal injury experience helping pedestrians in Onondaga County just like you. It is important to start building your case early, so we often meet with our clients and their families before they are even able to leave the hospital. If you or a loved one was injured or killed due to the negligence of a driver, you need to contact an experienced pedestrian injury lawyer from the DeMore Law Firm.