Anyone who lives, works, or visits New York City knows how dangerous our streets are. With so many pedestrians, cars, taxis, and a rising number of bicycles on our streets, accidents at intersections are common in the Big Apple. Intersection accidents can cause devastating accidents for the pedestrians, drivers, or bicyclists involved. If you or a loved one have been injured in a New York City intersection accident, you need to speak with an experienced attorney about your legal rights and options.
Common Causes of New York City Intersection Accidents
Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP has helped many people and their families suffering after New York City intersection accidents. Here are the most common causes of intersection accidents our clients have reported over the years:
- Red Light Turns: this is the most common cause of New York City intersection accidents. With such busy streets, bicyclists and pedestrians are often struck in the intersection crosswalk by a car turning through a red light or stop sign.
- Unsafe Turns: these accidents happen to bicyclists often. The most common scene involves bikes pulled up alongside a car at a red light or stop sign. Drivers often don’t check for bikes when making their turns at a red light or stop sign, or don’t properly yield to bikes or pedestrians, causing accidents and injuries.
- Distracted Drivers: drivers can be distracted in many ways. Drivers texting or using their cell phone behind the wheel have become a more common cause of intersection accidents over the past decade. Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs can also cause serious intersection accidents.
- Speeding Drivers: drivers speeding through intersections may not have enough time to avoid traffic, pedestrians, or bikes on the road.
How a New York City Intersection Accident Attorney Can Help
If your New York City intersection accident was caused by the negligent or dangerous actions of another person, the cause of your accident may be worth investigating. An investigation into your intersection accident may find evidence strong enough to help secure you compensation for damages like medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP can help you get the maximum settlement needed to heal and move on after a New York City intersection accident. Contact us today at (212) 986-7353.