A pedestrian turned to our firm after an accident while crossing 35th Street near the tunnel exit left her seriously injured. This area usually is so congested with traffic that it requires a New York City police officer to help direct and control it.
On the day of the accident, our client waited until she had the legal right-of-way to begin crossing the street at the corner. She had made it a little more than halfway across the street to its double yellow lines when a driver in a large Cadillac approached.
The driver of the Cadillac, who was making a left-hand turn, did not yield the right-of-way to our client or stop his car completely as required by law. This resulted in him striking our client before she made it to the other side of 35th Street.
Even after hitting her, the driver came up with several excuses for why the accident was not his fault. He blamed everything from not enough light in the area to the color of clothes our client wore. With two large street lights in the area, neither lack of light or our client’s clothing had any bearing on the accident.
The force of the impact from the Cadillac knocked our client to the ground. She instinctively outstretched her left hand to break her fall. Although Emergency Medical Services (EMS) tended to her at the scene, she did not visit a hospital. The pain grew worse over the next month until her orthopedist diagnosed her with non-displaced wrist fractures.
The good news for our client is that she did not need surgery. However, she did attend physical therapy until she no longer required it. Despite what she went through, our client feels fortunate her injuries were not worse. We shared the same sentiment since we frequently work with clients who seek a pedestrian accident lawyer New York because an accident left them paralyzed or had another life-changing effect.
Andrew Levine and Mila Andreou argued this matter successfully today during a mediation session. They quickly and confidently disputed attempts by the insurance agent to paint our client rather than theirs as responsible. Levine and Andreou also proved evidence of the wrist fracture.
The final settlement was more than six times what the insurance company initially offered. This is not unusual for our firm. We have settlements totaling tens of millions of dollars for pedestrians who did nothing wrong yet suffered due to the actions of motorists.