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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Pedestrian Accident Leaves Broken Hearts and Sidewalks in Buffalo

What happens when a pedestrian is injured in an accident?

There are many reasons why a pedestrian might be involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. Sometimes the accident is caused by the negligent or reckless behavior of the driver. Other times, the pedestrian may have contributed to or caused the accident by walking or standing in an area where they shouldn’t have been or by stepping into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Distracted driving and walking also cause accidents daily.

Whatever the cause, the loss is often tragic.

In pedestrian accidents, just as in automobile accidents between motor vehicles, it’s important to contact an attorney experienced in personal injury law as soon as possible after the accident. Attorneys can be on the case immediately—often dispatched to the accident scene—and begin gathering evidence and statements to protect your rights before the evidence goes missing or the witnesses forget important details.

Recently, an infant whose stroller was being pushed along the curb in the street to avoid an allegedly impassable sidewalk in disrepair tragically died after being struck by a passing motorist in Buffalo, New York.

Neighbors complained that the sidewalks are broken and impossible for strollers to navigate and that drivers speed recklessly through the street. The city, claiming it doesn’t have the budget to handle all the sidewalk repairs, blamed the broken sidewalks on demolition contractors who failed to repair them at the conclusion of their jobs. 

As you can see, pedestrian accident cases are complex. In addition, if the pedestrian dies due to the negligent acts of another, the victim’s survivors may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim. While nothing will bring back their loved one, the compensation can help distraught families begin to put the pieces of their lives back together. A wrongful death claim examines issues of negligence, the pain and suffering of the victim, and the financial loss the survivors have suffered as a result of the death. An experienced attorney can help sort through all the facts and determine the appropriate legal action to take in each particular case.

The Western New York-based practice of Wellborn Paluch has experienced accident attorneys to help you and your loved ones get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and they’re accessible 24/7.

If you or your loved ones were injured in an automobile or pedestrian accident, please call the Buffalo, New York accident attorneys at Wellborn Paluch today at 1-844-855-HURT or 716-254-2554 for a free consultation. Or, click here for more information or to request a free consultation online.


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