From our experience, lawsuits filed by pedestrians and bicyclists hit by a car in Upstate New York happen more frequently than you would think. Unfortunately, drivers accused of running into a pedestrian will blame the victim, the glare of the sun, an obstructed view or anything but themselves. If your family member was a pedestrian or bicycle rider hit by a car, a lawyer with a successful track record handling with these cases can keep the focus on the carelessness or recklessness of the driver.
The legal team at E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy has handled a significant number of pedestrian and bike accidents in decades of personal injury litigation, including wrongful death lawsuits for fatal accidents. Our attorneys work diligently to establish fault and convince the insurance companies to award full and fair compensation for the devastation.
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Our attorneys work fast to obtain witness statements, examine the vehicle, preserve debris and document conditions at the site of the accident, with the help of expert investigators if necessary. We are skilled at establishing the failure to yield, lane change, illegal turn, sudden right turn or other kinds of aggressive or inattentive driving that led to impact.
Our veteran trial lawyers are well aware of the drastic injuries to pedestrians and bike riders hit by cars: head trauma, spinal cord injuries, broken limbs, severe lacerations and secondary injuries from striking the pavement. We know that the initial settlement offers will not cover the damage; our lawyers prepare a comprehensive case that includes future medical care, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other appropriate damages.
Under New York law, the actions of the victim do matter. Crossing against a light, jaywalking or other comparative negligence can reduce compensation. In such cases, we believe that our experience can make the difference between partial recovery and no recovery. If we can prove that the driver was reckless or grossly negligent — racing, intoxicated, texting while driving, speeding in a residential zone, etc. — we may yet recover total compensation.
If the driver fled the scene without being identified, we will pursue compensation under the family’s underinsured/uninsured motorist policy or other avenues.
Pedestrian Car and Bicycle Accident Lawyers with Experience
Our practice welcomes clients from the Capital District and Upstate, Central New York and the Hudson Valley. Contact us for a free personal injury consultation by phone or schedule a confidential in-person meeting with an attorney at one of our four convenient offices in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, or Saratoga Springs, NY. We are here to help you and your family through this difficult time.