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New York City Failure to Yield to Pedestrian Lawyer

New York City has always prided itself on being one of the most walkable metropolitan areas in the country. The flip side is that pedestrians still have to share the road with cars, trucks, and other motor vehicles. And as any New Yorker will tell you, these motorists do not always yield to pedestrians, even when required to by law and simple common sense.

Indeed, thousands of pedestrians are struck–and many killed–in the five boroughs each year due to a motorist’s failure to yield. If you, or someone in your family, has been one of these victims, an experienced New York City failure to yield to pedestrian lawyer can help you seek compensation for your other medical bills and other accident-related losses. Michael Gunzburg, P.C., is a New York personal injury firm with 37 years of experience in helping pedestrians get back on their feet financially following a serious accident.

When Do Pedestrians Have the Right of Way in New York City?

New York State traffic laws clearly spell out where and when a driver must yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing the street. Some common examples include:

  • A driver must yield to a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk.
  • A driver must yield to a pedestrian in an intersection, even when there is no marked crosswalk.
  • A driver must yield to a pedestrian who enters the crosswalk with a “Walk” signal.
  • A driver preparing to make a left-hand turn must yield to a pedestrian crossing in the same direction as that turn.
  • A driver must yield to a pedestrian walking on a sidewalk while exiting a driveway, alley, building, or private roadway.
  • A driver must exercise special caution when yielding to pedestrians who are blind or crossing in a school zone or in front of a stopped school bus.

A driver who hit a pedestrian after failing to yield may be sued for damages under New York personal injury law. The injured pedestrian typically must file a claim with the driver’s no-fault insurance carrier. In the case of a hit-and-run accident–i.e., the driver sped off after hitting the pedestrian–the victim may be able to seek coverage under their own insurance policy’s uninsured motorist coverage. And in cases where a pedestrian sustained serious injuries that exceed the available no-fault coverage, they can sue the negligent driver directly and seek the full amount of their damages.

Contact Our New York City Failure to Yield to Pedestrian Lawyers Today

Even the most novice New York City driver should understand–and follow–the laws regarding when to yield to pedestrians. No pedestrian should ever feel unsafe while walking down our city’s streets. Yet we all know that is not the reality we live in. So if you have been injured by a thoughtless driver, our New York City failure to yield to pedestrian lawyer is ready and willing to take your call. Call Michael Gunzburg, P.C., at 212-725-8500 today to schedule a free initial consultation.

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