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By Joseph Dell
Managing Partner

Speed limits were initially introduced approximately 20 years after the invention of the automobile. Since then, speed limits have become a widespread and important means of ensuring motorist and pedestrian safety. Unfortunately, however, people often fail to adhere to speed limits. And this not only affects drivers, but it can result in serious consequences for pedestrians. In this article, we examine the role of speed limits in reducing pedestrian accidents in Long Island. 

The Purpose of Speed Limits

Speed limits are generally designed to increase safety on the road. However, speed limits are not solely designed to protect drivers and passengers. Instead, speed limits are designed to protect the safety of everyone on the road, including cyclists and pedestrians. Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable while traveling on or near the road. The reason for this is simple: unlike people in motor vehicles, pedestrians have no external protection. Therefore, when a pedestrian is struck, the associated injuries tend to be severe. 

Common Pedestrian Accident Causes

Although speed limits are designed to protect pedestrians, not all drivers adhere to them. And the faster a driver is going when he or she strikes a pedestrian, the more serious the injuries tend to be. In addition to ignoring speed limits, common causes of pedestrian accidents include: 

Establishing Fault in a Pedestrian Accident

If you are a pedestrian who was injured by a speeding driver, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation for your injuries. However, to receive compensation, you must establish the fault of the driver. To prove negligence in a New York pedestrian accident, you must prove the following: 

  • The driver owed you a duty of care
  • The driver’s negligence breached that duty 
  • The driver’s breach of duty caused your injury
  • You suffered damages as a result of your injury

To prove the above elements, you will likely need to gather a substantial amount of evidence. However, doing so on your own can be difficult. Therefore, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to assist you with your case. An experienced personal injury lawyer will help you gather the evidence needed to prove your claim, including:

  • Photos and video footage of the accident scene
  • Photos and video footage of your injuries
  • Medical records
  • Medical bills
  • Police accident reports
  • Witness testimony

Contact a Long Island Personal Injury Lawyer 

If you’ve been hurt in a pedestrian accident in Long Island, New York, the law firm of Dell & Dean, PLLC, is on your side. When you contact us for assistance with your situation, we will review the facts of your case, formulate a legal strategy, and aggressively seek financial compensation on your behalf. In addition, we understand the plethora of ways that a serious injury can affect your life, so we will approach your situation with patience and compassion. Please contact us as soon as possible to schedule a meeting with an experienced personal injury lawyer

About the Author
Joseph G. Dell, the firm’s Managing Partner, is regarded as one of New York State’s top trial lawyers and a zealous advocate of those injured through the negligence of others. Having founded the firm in 1994 with the singular goal of leveling the playing field for those injured, Mr. Dell has worked tirelessly for his clients since its inception. In addition to meeting with clients on a daily basis and trying cases, Mr. Dell is a frequent lecturer at Law School and Bar Associations on cases of significant importance in the fields of negligence and medical malpractice. If you have any questions regarding this article, you can contact Mr. Dell here.