Pedestrian Accidents


Last year, 35,200 people were killed in traffic — a 7.7 percent increase over 2014 and the worst death toll since 2008. The number of people killed while walking or biking is rising even faster.

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Last year pedestrian and cyclist deaths increased more than overall traffic deaths. Graph: NHTSA

Pedestrian deaths shot up 10 percent last year and bicyclist deaths 13 percent — more than other types of victims, according to NHTSA. The agency did not break down these categories by number. People walking or biking have accounted for a growing share of total traffic deaths since 2007, and there is little agreement about the underlying causes. In addition to the usual rush to blame victims by invoking “distracted walking,” theories include increases in biking and walking overall, driver distraction, and low gas prices promoting more “marginal” drivers like teenagers, who are more crash prone. (The NHTSA report says crashes involving young drivers — ages 15 to 20 — increased 10 percent in 2015.)

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Unfortunately, new studies show that drivers are more distracted than ever before – mainly attributable to using new technologies while traveling. The use of cell phones, headphones, social media, and mobile devices are creating extremely dangerous conditions for other cars as well as pedestrians.

Pedestrian injuries are commonly severe. Spine injuries, head and neck injuries, paralysis, and broken bones, occur frequently when pedestrians are struck by vehicles.

  • Our New York pedestrian accident attorneys at the Law Office of David Stein understand the priorities following a traumatic accident;
  • Handling the claims process with insurance companies;
  • Paying medical and hospital bills;
  • Recovering lost wages; and
  • Making sure the insurance company will cover future medical costs.

Our attorneys have years of experience handling pedestrian accident cases and claims. We will help you through the claim process and work with you, your medical providers, and insurance companies to make sure you get a fair resolution for your claim.


No matter what type of claim you have, it is always recommended that you pursue your claim as soon after your incident as possible because there are certain time limitations in New York that limit how long you have to file a claim. If you wish to discuss your pedestrian accident with an accident lawyer in New York, contact the Law Office of David Stein. If we agree to handle your case, we will normally work on a contingent fee basis—we only get paid if you do. Contact the pedestrian injury lawyers at The Law Office of David Stein for a FREE consultation on at 212-596-7251 or email davidsteinesq@gmail.com