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Bronx Pedestrian Accident Attorney

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Sameer Chopra
Sameer Chopra, managing partner and personal injury attorney at Chopra & Nocerino, LLP in Garden City, NY

Content Last Updated:   March 22, 2024

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People often walk to their destinations in the Bronx and throughout New York City. However, congested crosswalks and heavy traffic can increase the risk of pedestrian accidents. The bustling environment in our community requires pedestrians to exercise caution and watch out for hazards on the road. Unfortunately, that’s not always enough. 

If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a Bronx pedestrian accident, Chopra & Nocerino is ready to go to bat for you. Our Bronx pedestrian accident attorneys understand the challenges you’re facing and will fight for the justice you and your family deserve. Call (855) NYC-HURT or reach out online to schedule your free consultation.

Why Choose Our Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in the Bronx?

With no protective gear, pedestrians are completely exposed to the full impact of oncoming vehicles. As a result, they often suffer serious and even fatal injuries in accidents. When you’re hurt in a pedestrian crash, you need an experienced injury lawyer in the Bronx who understands the New York legal system and can aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf.

Unlike the rest of the law firms in New York City, our Bronx pedestrian accident lawyers cut to the chase. We are skilled trial attorneys who are prepared to aggressively represent you in settlement negotiations and in court. 

We skip the nonsense, politics, and sugarcoating to focus on building the strongest case possible for our clients. Among other things, our comprehensive legal services include:

  • Compassionate support and honest legal counsel for you and your family.
  • Connections to health care professionals who can help with your injuries.
  • A detailed investigation to determine what caused your accident.
  • Gathering all available evidence to build a strong case.
  • Fierce negotiations with at-fault parties and their insurance companies on your behalf.
  • Aggressive trial representation if your case goes to court.

As the exclusive personal injury law firm of the New York Mets, we have what it takes to knock it out of the park. Like the Mets, we are real-deal New Yorkers who refuse to back down from a fight.

Neighborhoods We Serve in the Bronx

We provide top-tier legal services to neighborhoods throughout the Bronx, including:

  • Fordham
  • Tremont
  • Norwood
  • Morris Heights
  • Concourse

Client Testimonials

Our client testimonials speak for themselves:

“Thank you so much for all the support and attention spent on my case! You guys are awesome. You did everything to help me with my accident case, and I am truly grateful for all your kindness and smartness on this deal. Glad with the result and all the attention I received! Recommended 100%.”

– Juliette M.

Pedestrian Knock Down & Injury Case Results

We have extensive experience handling pedestrian accident claims and have a strong reputation for securing high-value settlements and verdicts:

  • $1.5 Million Settlement – A male, age 45, was struck by a truck while crossing the street. The injury required a single-level discectomy to the cervical spine and surgery on the left shoulder.
  • $1.25 Million Settlement – A mother and her child were hit by a commercial truck in the crosswalk. The daughter sustained severe injuries to her spine.
  • $1.25 Million Settlement – Our client, a 37 year old female pedestrian, was struck in the crosswalk while crossing the street. This resulted in an open reduction internal fixation surgery to the left leg

Who Is at Fault for Pedestrian Accidents in The Bronx, NY?

The party responsible for a Bronx pedestrian accident will depend on the circumstances of the crash. In many cases, negligent drivers hit pedestrians because they are distracted or disobey traffic laws. Other times, careless intersection designs or poor road conditions contribute to pedestrian accidents. If the at-fault driver is operating a commercial vehicle, their employer could also be held responsible.

That said, it’s also possible for pedestrians to share some fault for their injuries. New York law requires pedestrians to obey traffic signals, use crosswalks, and exercise reasonable care when walking in the Bronx. When they fail to, it could impact their right to compensation.

Even so, if you are partially to blame for your pedestrian accident, you can still recover damages under New York’s pure comparative negligence rule. However, the amount you receive will be reduced in proportion to your percentage of fault. Our pedestrian accident lawyers in the Bronx are ready to push back when the at-fault party tries to blame you for your injuries.

What Compensation Is Available in Bronx Pedestrian Accident Claims?

Because New York is a no-fault auto insurance state, pedestrian accident victims must first file a personal injury protection insurance claim to seek compensation. Basic PIP coverage in New York covers up to $50,000 in economic losses, including medical bills, lost earnings, and other reasonable expenses related to your injuries.

However, if your basic economic losses exceed $50,000 or you suffer a “serious injury,” you can step out of the no-fault system to file a lawsuit or auto liability insurance claim against the at-fault driver. Minimum auto liability coverage in New York breaks down as follows:

  • $10,000 for property damage for a single accident
  • $25,000 for bodily injury for one person involved in an accident ($50,000 if they die)
  • $50,000 for bodily injury for two or more people in an accident ($100,000 if they die)

Ultimately, you may be able to pursue compensation for things like:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium

Our pedestrian accident attorneys in the Bronx have decades of combined experience helping clients recover full and fair compensation for their injuries and losses. We understand the complexities of pedestrian accident cases and will fight for the maximum compensation available. See our case results for more examples of recoverable damages.

Is There a Time Limit for Filing a Pedestrian Accident Claim?

The New York statute of limitations for pedestrian accident claims is normally three years from the date of the incident. While there are some exceptions to this rule, the filing deadline is normally strictly enforced. If you miss it, your case will most likely be dismissed in court. Reach out to our Bronx pedestrian accident lawyers as soon as possible to make sure your case is filed before the all-important deadline passes.

How Much Money Can I Receive for a Pedestrian Accident Case in the Bronx?

Determining the value of a pedestrian accident case involves numerous factors. Key considerations include the severity of injuries sustained, the extent of medical treatment required, any long-term disabilities resulting from the accident, lost wages due to inability to work, and the impact on your quality of life, including pain and suffering. 

Additionally, factors such as insurance coverage limits and shared liability play a significant role in calculating your potential compensation. Consulting with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer in the Bronx who can evaluate the specifics of your case in-depth is crucial for obtaining a clearer understanding of your case’s potential value.

How Long Does a Bronx Pedestrian Injury Case Typically Take?

Pedestrian accident cases can take weeks, months, or over a year to resolve. Factors that may affect how long your case will take include the:

  • Severity of your injuries
  • Strength and clarity of your evidence
  • At-fault party’s willingness to negotiate 
  • Need to go to trial 

Remember, an early settlement is not necessarily a good settlement. In many cases, the at-fault party’s insurers will try to pressure you into accepting a lowball offer, especially if they realize that you have not secured legal representation. Do not take the bait. You may end up leaving significant compensation on the table. 

When you work with Chopra & Nocerino, you will have an experienced Bronx pedestrian accident lawyer on your side throughout the life of your claim. We have the skills, determination, and resources to build a compelling case that puts you in the best position to receive a favorable settlement. If your case goes to trial, we’re ready to play hardball in court.

What Are the Legal Costs Involved in a Bronx Pedestrian Injury Case?

At Chopra & Nocerino, we believe all New Yorkers deserve access to high-quality legal representation. That’s why we work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing unless we win your case.

There are no upfront or out-of-pocket fees for working with our team. We also offer free, zero-obligation consultations to ensure you know your legal rights regardless of whether you choose to work with us.

Understanding Pedestrian Rights and Responsibilities in the Bronx

New York has many rules and regulations designed to keep pedestrians safe in all five boroughs, including the Bronx. Some of the most important include:

  • Drivers to exercise due care – All drivers must exercise reasonable care to avoid hurting pedestrians. 
  • Pedestrians subject to traffic regulations – Pedestrians must also obey traffic laws, including following traffic-control signals when they are available.
  • Right of way in crosswalks – Drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks. Other drivers behind a car stopped at a crosswalk for a pedestrian cannot pass the stopped vehicle. Pedestrians should also avoid jaywalking.

In an effort to prevent traffic injuries and fatalities, the New York City Department of Transportation launched a number of Borough Pedestrian Safety Action Plans, a part of the Vision Zero initiative, to make dangerous intersections safer, expand the speed camera program, and improve walkability.

Common Pedestrian Accident Causes and Injuries in the Bronx

According to the NYPD, 138 pedestrians were injured and 1 killed in traffic crashes in the Bronx just in January 2024. Pedestrians accounted for about 27 percent of all people injured in traffic crashes in the Bronx that month.

Common causes of Bronx pedestrian crashes include:

  • Driver distractions
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Speeding
  • Poor visibility
  • Driving under the influence
  • Failure to obey traffic rules or signals

Unlike passengers in enclosed vehicles, pedestrians have zero insulation from the full impact of a collision. As a result, they often suffer serious and even fatal injuries. Common injuries we see in the pedestrian accidents we handle include: 

  • Spinal cord injuries, including full or partial paralysis 
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Broken, fractured, and dislocated bones
  • Burns and road rash
  • Internal bleeding and organ damage
  • Amputations and permanent disfigurement
  • Cuts and puncture wounds
  • Psychological trauma, including PTSD
  • Wrongful death

The Most Dangerous Intersections for Walking in the Bronx

These Bronx intersections are particularly risky for pedestrians:

Reach Out to Our Bronx Pedestrian Accident Lawyers for Help Today

If you or a loved one were hit by a car while walking in the Bronx, Chopra & Nocerino is ready to step up to the plate. Our trusted pedestrian injury attorneys will review your case, ensure you understand your full legal rights, and fight for the justice and accountability you deserve. Call (855) NYC-HURT or reach out online to schedule your free consultation.

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  • $10 MILLION
    BUS ACCIDENT
  • $2.25 MILLION
    BICYCLE ACCIDENT
  • $2.25 MILLION
    TRUCK ACCIDENT
  • $1.05 MILLION
    AUTO ACCIDENT

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