At Basch & Keegan LLP, we represent some of the most vulnerable people on the roads: Pedestrians and bicycle riders. On average, there are over 300 deaths as a result of motor vehicle accidents according to health.ny.gov.
When a person who is walking or biking is hit by a car, the damages are often catastrophic. Pedestrians and cyclists have little to protect them from the impact of a collision and can sustain severe and life-threatening injuries in accidents. As a result, victims and their families are left with extensive financial responsibilities in the wake of a tragedy.
Our pedestrian and bicycle accident attorneys in Kingston can help you if you or a loved one was injured in a collision. We understand what it takes to recover the compensation you deserve and are prepared to apply our experience and knowledge to your case.
Drivers are required to yield to the right-of-way to pedestrians in most situations. However, drivers often fail to watch for pedestrians at intersections and when turning onto another street. Speeding is also a major cause of pedestrian accidents, as fast speeds make it more difficult for drivers to see pedestrians and to stop in time to avoid an accident.
Other causes of pedestrian accidents include:
Drivers rolling through stop signs
Drivers making unsafe U-turns
Poorly timed crosswalk signals
Poor sidewalk conditions
Trees, posts, and other obstructions
Street repair and construction sites
In many cases, pedestrian accidents should never have happened. We work to hold distracted and irresponsible drivers accountable for their behavior behind the wheel.
Sadly, many bicycle accidents are the result of preventable, reckless behavior by car and truck drivers. Drivers who fail to observe their surroundings or practice safe driving can seriously endanger cyclists.
Common causes of bicycle accidents include:
“Dooring” (when a driver opens their door into a bicyclist
Unsafe lane changes
Poor bike maintenance and repair
Defective or insufficient safety equipment
Alcohol intoxication and drug use by drivers
The negligence of car and truck drivers can cause severe injury to cyclists. Bicycle riders may sustain injuries such as broken bones, traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury, lacerations, and bruising, among other injuries. The injuries caused by bicycle accidents often require expensive medical treatment, and can contribute to additional costs such as lost wages. Bicycle accident victims may also sustain non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
We fight for victims of pedestrian and bicycle accidents. If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident in Greene, Dutchess, Ulster, or any surrounding county, contact Basch & Keegan LLP today for a free initial consultation. We get proven results for our clients.