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New York City Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

New York City Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Did you sustain serious injuries in a New York City pedestrian accident? An experienced New York City pedestrian accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC can help you through the entire legal process. Contact us today at (212) 564 2800 to schedule a free consultation.

You might be entitled to significant damages, including money for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Since 2007, our legal team has dedicated our practice to helping injured New Yorkers recover fair compensation. We’ve helped them recover millions in settlements and verdicts in the process. Help is just a phone call away.

 

How the Law Offices of Jay. S Knispel, LLC Can Help After a Pedestrian Accident in New York City

New York is a city of pedestrians. It’s so much a part of our daily lives that we often don’t even think about it. Walking is also one of the best ways to see the city.

Unfortunately, it can also be dangerous. Drivers don’t always watch for pedestrians. If you’re hurt in a car accident while walking, the odds that you’ll suffer serious injuries are high. After all, you don’t have anything to protect you.

Insurance companies are responsible for compensating pedestrians for their injuries. Despite this, they don’t make it easy to get the money you need. An experienced personal injury lawyer in NYC can stand up for your rights while you focus on recovering. 

When you hire the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, our team will:

  • Investigate to determine the cause of the accident
  • Gather the evidence you need to support your injury claim
  • Defend your rights when the insurance company tries to blame you
  • Negotiate to win the highest settlement award possible
  • Put over 25 years of experience to work for you

Do you need help navigating the insurance claims process? Don’t trust attorney advertising alone. Call our experienced New York City personal injury attorneys for help today. We offer a free case review, so there’s no harm in learning what we can do for you.

How Common Are Pedestrian Accidents in New York City?

How Common Are Pedestrian Accidents in New York City?Very. According to an analysis of 2018 NYPD accident statistics, there were roughly 29 or 30 pedestrian accidents every single day across the Big Apple that year. There were, in total, 10,790 traffic accidents involving pedestrians. Of those, 110 were fatal.

Reports show that pedestrians are at greater risk of death or serious injury than ever in NYC. Pedestrians made up the greatest share of the city’s traffic-related deaths in 2019–there were 124 pedestrian fatalities that year.

Almost 80% of all pedestrian accident deaths occur in urban settings. In December 2020 alone, NYPD crash data shows that 600 pedestrians were hurt in motor vehicle accidents citywide. 596 of those pedestrians suffered injuries–and four lost their lives.

Which NYC Borough is the Most Dangerous For Pedestrians?

While the number of accidents varies from year to year (and month to month) how those accidents tend to unfold across the five boroughs really doesn’t. 

Brooklyn tends to be the most dangerous borough for pedestrians – usually accounting for about a third of all pedestrian injuries and deaths. In December 2020, there were a total of 214 accidents involving pedestrians. 

Queens (24%), Manhattan (21%), and the Bronx (17%) usually follow. In December 2020, those boroughs saw 136, 121, and 105 of the pedestrian injuries, respectively.

Staten Island regularly sees the fewest number of accidents with pedestrians – typically accounting for about 3 or 4% of the total. In December 2020, there were just 24.

What is My New York City Pedestrian Accident Case Worth?

The dollar amount of your settlement or verdict depends upon the unique facts and circumstances of your case. 

Key facts that influence the overall value include:

  • The severity of the injury
  • Whether you can work while you recover
  • Whether you’ll return to work once you’ve finished treatment
  • The cost of your treatment
  • Whether you suffered any permanent damage

At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we have relationships with experts in medicine, finance, psychology, and other specialties. We’ll bring those experts in to evaluate your damages and make sure your injury claim reflects the fair value of both past and future costs.

What Types of Damages Are Available to Pedestrian Accident Victims?

In any personal injury case, you’re entitled to compensation for both economic damages and non-economic damages. 

More specifically, you might be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages and income
  • Future medical expenses
  • Loss of your ability to earn a living
  • Physical therapy and rehab
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Loss of consortium and other damages for wrongful death

It’s one thing to understand the categories of damages you might be entitled to recover. Things can quickly become complicated when you try to put a dollar value on those damages. 

If you have questions about your right to compensation or have a settlement offer on the table, give us a call to learn more today.

Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Pedestrian Accident in New York?

Pedestrians are blamed for causing accidents in NYC all the time. Pedestrians get distracted while crossing the street just as easily as drivers. Blaming the victim is one way the insurance company will try to pay less than you deserve.

Under New York’s comparative negligence law, you can still successfully recover compensation even if you were partly to blame. Your damages award will be reduced by the amount of fault allocated to you–but you can still recover damages to account for another responsible party’s share of fault.

Allocating fault after an accident isn’t a simple process. You don’t have to accept the insurance company’s statements at face value. In fact, sometimes the insurance company blames the victim even when they have no real evidence that you caused the accident.

Cases involving shared fault can become tricky. It’s always a smart idea to speak with an experienced NYC pedestrian accident lawyer if you’re being blamed for getting hurt.

We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Pedestrian Accident Injuries

You deserve compensation for all of your injuries if you were hurt in a New York pedestrian accident. At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we’ll fight to get every penny you deserve. 

We regularly represent clients who have suffered:

We know that you might be facing a long road to recovery. Our legal team has helped countless clients get fair compensation. We’ll do everything we can to reach a similar outcome for you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to learn more about your rights if you were hurt because of someone else’s carelessness.

What Causes Most Pedestrian Accidents in New York, New York?

The streets have always been crowded with traffic in the big apple. That creates an ongoing risk for pedestrians, who have to navigate the streets without the protection of a motor vehicle. 

Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents in NYC include:

Of course, the driver isn’t always responsible for a pedestrian accident. Road hazards, crumbling sidewalks, and even malfunctioning traffic signals can contribute to the cause of an accident.

Do you need help identifying the at-fault parties after an accident? Call an experienced NYC pedestrian accident attorney today.

How Do I Prove Negligence After a Pedestrian Accident in New York? 

For your pedestrian accident claim to succeed, you have to show that someone else was negligent. In other words, you have to prove that someone else made a mistake that caused your injuries. 

There are four basic elements to any negligence claim:

  • Duty of care
  • Breach 
  • Causation 
  • Damages 

If a driver caused your injuries, it’s also necessary to show that they did something wrong to cause the accident. For example, assume the driver was texting while driving or speeding to beat a red light. Those actions breach the driver’s duty to exercise reasonable care behind the wheel.

Our New York pedestrian accident lawyers know how to get the evidence to support your negligence claim. We’ll obtain video surveillance footage and speak to any witnesses about what they saw. If necessary, we’ll even hire accident reconstruction specialists to provide insight into what happened.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Pedestrian Accident in New York?

New York state law limits the amount of time you have to file a pedestrian accident lawsuit. In most cases, personal injury lawsuits must be filed within three years of the date of an accident. If the statute of limitations expires before you file a claim, you’ll forfeit the opportunity to get the money you deserve.

However, you could have less time if New York City government agencies shared in the blame. If the city was responsible, you only have 90 days to file a notice of claim. 

Our team at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC can help make sure you meet the deadlines that apply in your case. All you have to do is call our law firm to get started.

Contact a New York City Pedestrian Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Any car accident can cause serious injuries. As a pedestrian, you’re particularly vulnerable. If you or a loved one were injured, call a New York City pedestrian accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC today. 

We offer a free consultation so that you can learn more about your legal rights and our prior results. We represent clients across the five boroughs and Westchester County.

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