A person wearing white and black sneakers stands on a textured pavement, partially covered by white painted lines. The ground is a mix of gravel and rough concrete, with shadows adding depth to the scene. The person is dressed in dark jeans.

Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents occur often. These accidents can have devastating results. As a result, it is important to know how these accidents occur and what to do in the event of an injury. Read on to learn more about pedestrian accidents in New York.

How do Pedestrian Accidents Occur?

Pedestrian accidents can occur for a number of reasons. Some accidents are due to poor road conditions, inclement weather, or faulty car parts. But, for the most part, these accidents are due to driver or pedestrian negligence. The most common examples of negligence include:

  • Speeding drivers
  • Driving without headlights at night or in bad weather
  • Drivers that do not pay attention to crosswalks, stop signs, or street lights
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Pedestrians who cross the road outside of the crosswalk
  • Pedestrians who are not paying attention where they walk

What Injuries are Commonly Sustained in Pedestrian Accidents?

Pedestrian accidents are often serious, as pedestrians have little to no protection against vehicles and the elements. The most common injuries sustained include:

  • Head trauma
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Back injuries

Fulfilling the Burden of Proof

If you are injured due to the negligence of another party, you may deserve compensation. An injury can take a major toll, physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. You may face lost wages, expensive medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. In order to recover compensation to help ease these burdens, you will have to provide proof that your accident was a result of negligence. You can do this in a number of different ways. One of the most important things you can do is take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Additionally, you should make sure to visit the hospital immediately after an accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are properly treated by a medical professional while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident in New York, you will need an experienced attorney on your side. Contact our firm today to discuss your case.


Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.