Being a pedestrian on Staten Island can be scary at times. Staten Island has a high rate of pedestrian fatalities and injuries. This is due to a combination of factors such as a lack of sidewalks and crosswalks in certain areas, high-speed traffic on major roads, and a large number of trucks and commercial vehicles on the roads. Additionally, many residents rely on cars as their primary mode of transportation, which can lead to reckless and impatient driving. Pedestrians are also at risk from distracted drivers who may be texting or using their phones while behind the wheel. To stay safe as a pedestrian in Staten Island, it is important to be aware of your surroundings, use crosswalks and sidewalks whenever possible, and avoid distractions such as using your phone while walking.

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    1. Common Causes
      1. Distracted Driving
      2. Driving Under The Influence
      3. Speeding
    2. Common Injuries Sustained in Pedestrian Accidents
    3. Contact Us
    4. What Our Customers Say About Cohen & Cohen

When a pedestrian accident occurs, the consequences can be catastrophic. Victims of pedestrian accidents should seek legal representation as soon as possible to obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries. Our experienced Staten Island pedestrian accident attorneys will fight for our client’s rights and help them get the compensation they deserve. Don’t wait, call us today to schedule a free case evaluation and take the first step toward getting justice.


Much of the time, pedestrians don’t see an accident coming. No matter how careful and attentive they are, pedestrians cannot always prevent themselves from being in an accident. As a matter of fact, most pedestrian injuries are caused by factors beyond the pedestrian’s control, and they can even result in death in severe situations. The most common causes of pedestrian injuries in Staten Island are:


Distracted driving in Staten Island is a common occurrence. Unfortunately, for pedestrians, a distracted driver can cause an accident that results in horrific injuries for the pedestrian. Most pedestrian accidents involving distracted drivers occur at intersections while the pedestrian is trying to cross. Distracted drivers are preoccupied with their phones or something else distracting, and often do not see the pedestrian in time to stop safely. In the event that a driver becomes distracted at an intersection, or anywhere else on the roadway, they may fail to navigate the many moving parts, thus resulting in an accident involving a pedestrian.


Driving under the influence, otherwise known as DUI, in New York causes a plethora of car accidentsbicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents every year. Oftentimes, these accidents result in severe injuries and can even cause the wrongful death of an individual. Pedestrians request that the police, prosecutors, and courts put forth a great deal of effort when penalizing these offenders. It is possible for pedestrian plaintiffs to hold these negligent drivers financially responsible when they cause injuries or fatalities involving pedestrians.


A speeding driver is a huge hazard to pedestrians. In fact, Transportation Alternatives released information stating that a pedestrian has virtually no chance of surviving a hit by a car going more than 50 miles an hour. Additionally, they state that a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 40 miles per hour gives the pedestrian a 20% chance of survival. At 25 miles per hour, a pedestrian has a 70% chance of survival. Thus showing the importance of not speeding while operating a vehicle in Staten Island in order to protect pedestrians and other individuals around the roadway from being in a cataclysmic accident.


When a car, truck, or motorcycle collides with a person, serious injuries or fatalities can occur. Due to pedestrians being exposed, and not having the luxury of being enclosed in a car, truck, or another type of vehicle, they can sustain life-altering injuries. Some of the most common injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents can include:

      • Broken & Fractured Bones – Accidents involving pedestrians often result in wrist, hand, shoulder, arm, leg and back fractures. Serious bone fractures may also occur, including compound fractures, in which the broken bones puncture through the skin. These types of injuries are frequently extremely painful and may result in long-term complications. In some cases, fractures are so severe that amputation may be required.
      • Spinal Cord Injuries – In addition to car accidents which are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States, pedestrian accidents also result in thousands of spinal cord injuries each year. Spinal injuries can result in paralysis or even death. Spinal cord injuries are often life-altering and typically require long-term care and medical treatment.
      • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) – There is a high incidence of head and brain injuries in pedestrian accidents, including concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). All it takes is a forceful blow to the head to cause serious injury. In addition to the loss of consciousness and headaches, TBI symptoms can also present themselves in the form of:
        • Nausea
        • Vomiting
        • Fatigue
        • Drowsiness
        • Sleeping difficulty
        • Dizziness
        • Loss of coordination
        • Sensitivity to light and sound
        • Mood swings
        • Fluid leaking from the ear
        • Difficulty concentrating
      • Soft Tissue Injuries – Soft tissue injuries often include contusions, lacerations, dislocations, sprains, and tears. In contrast to other common pedestrian accident injuries, soft tissue injuries usually require the least amount of recovery time, but they can often result in severe pain, scarring, and long-term complications.


Looking for the best Staten Island pedestrian accident injury lawyer?

If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, call the pedestrian accident attorneys at Cohen and Cohen Law Group now for a FREE consultation at (718) 275-7779

Representing yourself in a pedestrian accident case in Staten Island can be difficult and overwhelming. The legal process can be complex and confusing, and insurance companies often take advantage of individuals who are not represented by an attorney. Additionally, without the knowledge and resources of a qualified attorney, it can be challenging to gather the necessary evidence and build a strong case.

Our experienced Staten Island pedestrian accident lawyers at Cohen & Cohen Personal Injury Lawyers, PC.,  can investigate the accident, gather evidence and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. Our attorneys will also help you pursue compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Furthermore, navigating the legal system can be a daunting task and the outcome is uncertain.

That’s why it’s important to have an experienced Staten Island pedestrian accident lawyer from Cohen & Cohen Personal Injury Lawyers, PC., on your side. We have the knowledge and resources to effectively navigate the legal process. Additionally, we will fight to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive fair compensation for your injuries.

Don’t try to go through this alone, contact us today. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced pedestrian accident lawyers today, call us at (718) 275-7779 or email us here.

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