Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
Jed Dietrich, Esq. and His Team of Lawyers and Paralegals at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. Fight to Obtain the Best Result for the Families of People Who Were Fatally Injured by a Car, Truck, Bus or SUV in Buffalo, New York.
Every 1.5 hours a pedestrian will die in a crash-related accident in the United States. While car accidents often result in injuries, few crashes more frequently cause serious injuries or fatalities than pedestrian-vehicle accidents. Buffalo, New York experiences a wide range of pedestrian crashes each year, many of which result in serious injuries or even death to the pedestrians involved.
Jed Dietrich, Esq., recognized as a New York Super Lawyer and Best Lawyer of America, recently fought to secure a $2,500,000.00 settlement for the family of a 48-year-old man who was fatally struck by a bus in Hamburg, New York.
We recognize that losing a family member is one of the most devastating and heart-wrenching experiences in life. The expensive hospital bills, a lifetime of lost wages and the continuing consequences on a victim’s family can all be overwhelming. In the tragic case that you had to say goodbye to a loved one before his or her time because of the negligence or recklessness of a driver, allow Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of highly experienced, aggressive, tenacious and hardworking Buffalo, New York fatal pedestrian accident attorneys to be there for you. The last thing a pedestrian accident victim’s grieving family needs is to be worried about legal issues. We will pursue the compensation that your family deserves while you and your family focus on mourning the loss of your loved one.
Since 1999, Jed Dietrich, Esq. has exclusively handled serious personal injury cases. Jed Dietrich, Esq. founded the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. in 2005 with a mission to provide the highest level of personal injury service to the people of Buffalo, New York; Rochester, New York; Niagara Falls, New York and throughout New York State. Our team of highly experienced, aggressive, tenacious and hardworking Buffalo, New York wrongful death pedestrian accident lawyers will fight to obtain the best result possible if your loved one died as a result of a driver’s negligence.
Insurance companies have paid Jed Dietrich, Esq. in excess of $150 million to resolve injury claims. Time and time again, clients of the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. have said that Jed Dietrich, Esq. is the best personal injury lawyer in Buffalo, New York. View our Google 5 Star rating and our clients’ testimonials by clicking here. Contact us today at 716-839-3939 to find out more about how we can help you. We are available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week, and there is never a fee unless we WIN for you!What Makes Pedestrian Accidents so Deadly?
A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that pedestrian accident fatalities increased by 45% from 2009 to 2016. The National Transportation Safety Board’s research determined that in 2017, an average of 16 pedestrians were killed throughout the United States every day.
In cases of deadly pedestrian crashes, it is almost always the pedestrians that are killed, and not the driver. Without any safety restraints or protection, pedestrians are much more susceptible to severe injuries or death in the event they are struck by a vehicle. That is why pedestrians are roughly 10 times more likely to die in a crash than occupants of motor vehicles. According to ProPublica, vehicles are even more dangerous to pedestrians than previously believed. The risk of suffering fatal injuries in a pedestrian accident greatly increase at higher speeds and also with the pedestrian’s age. Thus, the older the pedestrian, the greater chances that he or she will suffer a fatality.
Pedestrians do not stand a chance against being collided into by even the smallest vehicles. To make the odds of survival for pedestrians even more grim, drivers are driving faster, there are more high-horse powered vehicles, SUVs have greatly increased in popularity and drivers have more electronic devices to distract them than ever before. The average pedestrian may feel safe when crossing the street at a crosswalk, but in reality, crosswalks provide little protection against distracted drivers. Poor infrastructure also plays a role, with research demonstrating that pedestrians face a significantly higher risk of being hit in areas without sidewalks or where traffic lights are not maintained.
Jed Dietrich, Esq.’s proven results and dedication to providing the highest level of personal injury service to the people of Western New York have earned him recognition as a Best Lawyer of America and New York Super Lawyer. If someone you love died because of a pedestrian-vehicle accident, contact us NOW at 716-839-3939. There are strict time constraints applicable to wrongful death claims, so you must act fast to preserve your rights. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s team of wrongful death pedestrian accident lawyers in Buffalo, New York will fight to attempt to get you the best result possible after a fatal personal injury accident in Buffalo, New York; Rochester, New York; Niagara Falls, New York and beyond. Contact us today.Avoiding Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
Even those pedestrians who follow all of the pedestrian safety guidelines, cross the street at crosswalks and pay attention to traffic signals, may still be unable to completely avoid the risk of a deadly pedestrian accident.
Although numerous external factors can easily put pedestrians at risk of being involved in a fatal pedestrian accident, there are several safety precautions to always keep in mind whenever walking:
- Always use a sidewalk, if one is accessible;
- Walk on the shoulder of the road, facing oncoming traffic, if sidewalks are not available;
- Always stay alert, especially when crossing the street;
- Avoid using any electronic devices when walking;
- Never assume that a driver sees you; and
- Wear brightly colored or reflective clothing to be visible to drivers, especially when it is dark out.
If your loved one suffered fatal injuries as a result of a pedestrian-vehicle accident in Buffalo, New York or elsewhere in New York State, contact Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of top rated and elite wrongful death pedestrian accident attorneys in Buffalo, New York today at 716-839-3939. Jed Dietrich, Esq. is recognized as a Best Lawyer of America and his team is available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week to help you.Compensation for Families of Fatal Pedestrian Accident Victims
New York Vehicle Traffic Law Section 1146 requires drivers to exercise due care to avoid hitting pedestrians, which includes beeping their horns to properly warn pedestrians when needed. Failure to exercise due care to avoid a collision with a pedestrian may lead to legal liability for the driver’s negligence. If a driver’s negligence resulted in a pedestrian’s death, the victim’s family members or estate may be entitled to financial compensation.
The loss of a loved one in a fatal pedestrian accident can put family members in a tough situation emotionally and financially. Although nothing can truly erase the emotional trauma associated with the loss of a loved one, you may have the right to file a wrongful death claim.
A wrongful death claim can provide surviving loved ones with financial compensation to assist them in dealing with their loss and a sense of closure and justice after the loss of their loved one.
A victim’s family and loved ones may be able to recover monetary compensation for both past and future losses, including:
- Lost income and other work-related benefits, which includes future earnings or benefits if the victim had survived;
- Medical bills incurred as a result of the loved one’s injuries;
- Loss of companionship, care, comfort and/or guidance;
- Damages resulting for family members’ sadness, grief and/or mental suffering; and
- Funeral and related burial expenses.
In certain situations, where the driver acted with gross negligence or recklessness, such as drinking and driving, punitive damages may also able available. Punitive damages are meant to dissuade other drivers not to act in a similar manner.
If your loved one was a pedestrian who died because of a driver’s negligence, our Buffalo, New York wrongful death pedestrian accident lawyers will thoroughly investigate the accident and act fast to preserve your rights. Calculating damages in a wrongful death lawsuit is an exceptionally complicated undertaking and generally necessitates the assistance of a forensic economist or other expert witnesses. Having a highly experienced, aggressive, tenacious and hardworking Buffalo, New York personal injury attorney like Jed Dietrich, Esq. can ensure that you are in a position to receive the maximum compensation possible for your loss. Contact the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. team today so that we can help you!
WAS YOUR LOVED ONE KILLED AS A RESULT OF BEING STRUCK BY A CAR, TRUCK, BUS OR SUV IN BUFFALO, NIAGARA FALLS, ROCHESTER OR OTHER PARTS OF NEW YORK STATE?
CALL JED DIETRICH, ESQ. AND HIS TEAM OF AGGRESSIVE, TENACIOUS AND HARDWORKING BUFFALO, NEW YORK FATAL PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT INJURY LAWYERS AT 716-839-3939 NOW TO OBTAIN THE HELP THAT YOU NEED!
Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 716-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!