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Staten Island Pedestrian Accident LawyerWere you hit by a car on Staten Island, NY? You may be eligible for financial compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses. However, do not count on the insurance company to fairly value your losses.

The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC has fought for clients in all five boroughs of New York City for more than 25 years. Call our law firm today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Staten Island pedestrian accident lawyer who can help.

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Can Help You After a Pedestrian Accident on Staten Island

Pedestrian accident victims face a long and difficult recovery. Likewise, they may face a potentially long and stressful fight to recover compensation. The more serious your injuries, the more likely the insurance company will fight your claim. You deserve an aggressive Staten Island personal injury lawyer prepared to fight back.

The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC has decades of experience representing injured pedestrians. Founding attorney Jay S. Knispel has recovered millions for his clients and holds the Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent rating. Our firm will not rest in pursuing the full compensation you need.

Our law office is prepared to go the extra mile for you as we:

  • Listen to your story and offer legal advice and guidance
  • Handle all communications, court filings, and administrative tasks
  • Gather strong evidence to build your case
  • Work with top experts to establish causation and the value of your losses
  • Negotiate on your behalf to seek a fair settlement
  • Present a compelling case to a jury to pursue maximum damages if necessary 

Do not let the insurance company mistreat you, blame you, or undervalue your case. Call our law firm today for a free consultation with a compassionate Staten Island pedestrian accident lawyer who can help.

How Common Are Pedestrian Accidents on Staten Island, NY?

New York pedestrians face a high risk of being hurt in a crash. In 2019 alone, more than 15,600 pedestrians were hurt and 121 pedestrians killed in New York City. About 30% of all traffic deaths in New York are pedestrians—about 43% of all these fatalities occur in NYC.

Every year, there are about 130,000 pedestrians seen in ERs for traffic accidents and 6,000 pedestrian deaths across the country.

Pedestrian accidents can involve a car, truck, or motorcycle. In 47% of fatal pedestrian accidents, a light truck such as a pickup truck or SUV was involved compared to 37% of crashes involving passenger vehicles. Single-vehicle pedestrian crashes that caused injury but not death were more likely to involve a passenger car.

On Staten Island, there were 3,601 people hurt or killed in traffic accidents in 2018. Around 390 of them were pedestrians. Staten Island has a lower per capita injury rate for traffic crashes, but its pedestrian injury or fatality rate is about the same as the state.

What is My Pedestrian Accident Case Worth?

The value of your injury case depends on dozens of factors highly unique to your situation. There is no calculator or formula that can tell you what your case may be worth.

Determining the value of future medical needs and reduced earning capacity can be complex and require expert testimony. Your non-economic damages like pain, suffering, and anguish will depend on the severity of your injuries and their impact on your life.

As a general rule, your economic losses will be calculated first. This figure will be multiplied by a factor of 1.5 to 5, depending on the seriousness of your injuries. This will be used as a starting point to negotiate a fair settlement.

The best way to determine how much your personal injury case is worth is by consulting with an experienced Staten Island pedestrian accident lawyer. Contact the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC today for a free case review.

What Damages Can I Recover After a Pedestrian Accident on Staten Island, NYC?

If you were hurt due to someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to seek financial compensation for the damages you sustained. This includes your economic losses and non-economic damages.

Damages commonly available in a pedestrian accident include:

  • Medical bills
  • Future medical expenses
  • Physical therapy and psychological counseling
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Personal losses, such as distress, anguish, pain, suffering, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life

Rare cases are also eligible for punitive damages. These punish the defendant for deliberate or wanton disregard for human life. If the defendant acted with utter disregard for your safety and health, you may be entitled to seek punitive damages.

Am I Still Entitled to Compensation if I’m Partially at Fault for a Pedestrian Accident on Staten Island?

Under New York’s pure comparative negligence doctrine, you can recover damages even if you’re partially at fault for your pedestrian accident. However, your damages will be reduced based on the share of fault assigned to you. 

Is the insurance company blaming you for your accident? Call our law office today so we can help you fight back and maximize your recovery.

We Fight for the Full Compensation You Deserve for Your Pedestrian Accident Injuries

At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we understand the true severity of a pedestrian accident and how it can change your life forever. Most accidents involving pedestrians occur at speeds of 20 to 35 mph and often leave accident victims with significant injuries. A pedestrian hit by a car going 40 mph has an 85% chance of being killed. 

We will fight on your behalf to maximum compensation for all your injuries, including:

  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Amputations
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Fractures
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Nerve damage

Your life can be changed in a moment. Our law office is committed to recovering the fair compensation you need to preserve your quality of life after your accident.

What Causes Most Pedestrian Accidents in Staten Island, New York?

The most common contributing factors in pedestrian accidents in Staten Island are:

  • Failure to yield the right-of-way (33% of accidents)
  • Distracted or inattentive driving (32%)
  • Pedestrian confusion or error (23%) 

In nearly 26% of fatal pedestrian crashes in 2018, alcohol was a factor. Other common causes include speeding, unsafe backing, and ignoring a traffic control device.

Your Staten Island pedestrian accident lawyer will work with specialists and investigate how your accident occurred. We will gather evidence to prove causation and liability and fight for the compensation you deserve.

How Do I Prove Negligence After a Pedestrian Accident on Staten Island?

To recover compensation for your accident, you must prove negligence. This means the defendant failed to act as a reasonable person and violated the duty of care they owed you.

An investigation into your accident is necessary to gather evidence that establishes negligence. 

This evidence may include:

 

  • Statements from witnesses
  • Medical records
  • Photos of the scene and damage to the vehicle
  • Police reports
  • Traffic citations or arrests
  • Driver cell phone records
  • Footage from traffic, dash, and surveillance cameras

Depending on the circumstances of your accident, we may work with specialists to provide expert testimony. This can help a jury understand what happened and strengthen your case.

How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit After a Pedestrian Accident in New York?

The New York state statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit is three years. This deadline begins on the date of your accident. If you miss the deadline to file your lawsuit, your case will be dismissed without consideration.

If you lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, there is a two-year statute of limitations for wrongful death claims.

Contact a Staten Island Pedestrian Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

After a serious pedestrian accident, you should have to fight an insurance company for compensation for your medical bills and other losses. The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC is dedicated to helping you pursue maximum compensation and holding the liable parties accountable.

Call our law office today to schedule a free case review with a Staten Island pedestrian accident lawyer who can help you.

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New York City Office 

450 7th Ave Suite 409
New York, NY 10123

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Brooklyn, New York 11242

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