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Injury Lawyers Standing Up For Pedestrian Rights

When you live in an urban environment, the idea of getting around without a car can be an attractive one. Unfortunately, it’s also dangerous. The infrastructure (and traffic laws) in New York were built entirely around motor vehicles, with pedestrian safety and convenience as afterthoughts. With this in mind, it’s no wonder that pedestrian injury and fatality rates remain unacceptably high in Hamburg and other parts of the state.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver, you deserve justice and compensation. The best way to ensure both is to work with an experienced injury attorney like those at Chiacchia & Fleming, LLP. We bring decades of experience to each case, and we are committed to obtaining just results for every client.

Pedestrian Accidents: Common Causes And Injuries

Whether you enjoy running/jogging or are just trying to cross the street on foot, you face significant risks posed by negligent drivers. Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:

  • Distracted or inattentive driving
  • Failure to keep a lookout or yield right of way
  • Drunk driving
  • Speeding and aggressive driving
  • Running red lights and otherwise failing to obey traffic signals and signage
  • Poorly designed or maintained intersections without properly working crossing signals

Because pedestrians have no external protection in the event of a collision, injuries can be severe even at lower speeds. Common injuries include:

In too many cases, accidents prove to be fatal. If you’ve lost someone you love in a pedestrian accident, our firm may be able to help you pursue a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver.

Investigating The Accident And Fighting Bias

Sadly, pedestrians are too often blamed for their own injuries. This is another consequence of living in a very car-obsessed culture. Everything from the driver’s testimony to police reports may contain biased accounts about what happened and who was at fault.

When you hire our firm, we will immediately begin our own investigation into the crash and work to gather as much evidence as possible. This could include video from traffic cameras or nearby security cameras, witness statements and even vehicle “black box” data. Our goal is to demonstrate that the fault lies primarily or entirely with the negligent driver who hit you.

Contact Us To Discuss Your Legal Options For Free

Based in Hamburg, New York, Chiacchia & Fleming serves clients throughout the surrounding areas. To take advantage of a free initial consultation with our skilled and caring attorneys, call us at 716-412-6549 or fill out our online contact form.