NYC Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

If you weNYC Pedestrian Accident Lawyerre seriously injured walking down the streets of NYC, our team at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers can help. If the accident wasn’t your fault, the responsible party should be held liable for your damages. An experienced NYC pedestrian accident lawyer can help you fight for money for medical expenses, lost income, and more.

With over 25 years of experience in personal injury law, you can count on us to do everything possible to recover full compensation for your losses. To date, we’ve already recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of accident victims across New York City.

Don’t wait to get legal advice if you were involved in a pedestrian accident. Call our law offices in New York, New York, at (212) 564-2800 to schedule a free consultation today.

How Can the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers Help Me Recover Compensation After a Pedestrian Accident in NYC?

How Can the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers Help Me Recover Compensation After a Pedestrian Accident in NYC?Pedestrians are the most likely to suffer significant injuries in a car accident. When you’re walking, you have zero protection in a crash. If someone else caused your injuries, they should pay your damages.

Unfortunately, cases involving serious injuries can also be difficult to win on your own. Insurance companies fight hard to avoid paying full settlements. Most injured pedestrians can’t afford to take a lowball settlement.

Our NYC personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers is ready to stand up to the insurance companies on your behalf. We’re led by a former insurance defense attorney who knows the ropes. He’s recovered some of the largest compensation awards in NYC.

When you hire our NYC personal injury lawyer, we will:

  • Carefully investigate to determine who is liable for your damages
  • Fight back when the insurance company blames you
  • Hire experts who can strengthen your claim for compensation
  • Handle the paperwork and insurance details
  • Negotiate aggressively for a full settlement
  • Take your case to trial if necessary

You pay nothing unless we win compensation in your case. To learn more about the value of securing high-quality legal representation, call for a free consultation today in New York, NY.

How Common Are Pedestrian Accidents in New York City?

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), pedestrian fatalities across the U.S. reached a four-decade high in 2022. At least 7,508 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents nationwide that year. Overall, 329 of those deaths were in New York. Based on preliminary GHSA data, another 283 pedestrians were killed in 2023.

While the GHSA reports highlight the need for awareness, the city streets don’t seem to be getting much safer for pedestrians.

The NYPD keeps track of pedestrian accidents across the five boroughs. According to the NYPD, 724 pedestrians were involved in motor vehicle accidents across NYC in May of 2024 alone. Of that total, 715 pedestrians were injured, and another nine were killed.

In other words, every single one of the pedestrian accidents reported in May of 2024 caused an injury or fatality.

How Much Money Is My NYC Pedestrian Accident Case Worth?

Our lawyers will evaluate a range of factors as we build your compensation demand, including:

  • Whether you will suffer any long-term or permanent impairment
  • How your earnings have been impacted during recovery
  • The expected duration of your recovery
  • Your medical treatment costs to date
  • Your need for ongoing medical care, rehabilitation, and assistance
  • How your future career and educational prospects will be impacted
  • How your life has changed due to the injury
  • The circumstances of the accident and the strength of the evidence
  • Available insurance coverage

Insurance companies work hard to minimize the amount of money victims recover. That’s especially true if you were seriously hurt and the stakes are higher.

You deserve to have an experienced attorney on your team. Our lawyer in NYC has the experience and resources to prove your case value. Just call our law firm to arrange a free case evaluation for more details.

What Types of Compensation Are Available to Pedestrian Accident Victims in NYC?

New York personal injury laws classify damages according to whether they compensate for financial or non-financial losses.

Your financial losses are your economic damages and often include:

  • Current medical costs
  • Future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced future earning potential
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Property damage

Non-economic damages are meant to compensate for more personal losses, such as:

Non-economic damages can be extremely tough to quantify. Insurance companies often use multipliers and formulas to determine their value. In other words, they’re based on the value of your economic damages.

While these formulas can be helpful, it’s not an exact science. It’s important to have a lawyer examine the big picture and learn how the accident and injury have impacted you. Rather than let the insurance companies downplay your losses, let our lawyer help you negotiate with the insurance adjusters for a full compensation award.

How Much Does It Cost To Hire a Lawyer After a Pedestrian Accident?

At Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers, we don’t think money should stop accident victims from getting quality legal representation. That’s why we only charge contingency fees.

We base our attorney’s fees on the amount of compensation we recover for you. So, you don’t have to worry about upfront costs–or paying if your case doesn’t win. In other words, you only pay us attorney’s fees if we win money for you.

Can I Recover Compensation if I’m Partly Responsible for Causing a Pedestrian Accident in New York?

Pedestrians can share blame for a traffic accident. In fact, in NYC, they’re often blamed. The insurance company may claim you were distracted and ignored traffic signals. Maybe you crossed the street outside of a crosswalk.

You don’t lose your right to damages just because you share some blame.

New York has pure comparative negligence laws. Your compensation is reduced by whatever percentage of blame you share.

Insurance companies don’t always have evidence to back up their accusations. When you’re being blamed, call an experienced NYC pedestrian accident attorney to defend you.

Our Lawyer in New York City Will Fight To Recover Compensation for All of Your Pedestrian Accident Injuries

Pedestrian accident injuries can be extreme. That’s especially true when high speeds are involved. The initial impact with the vehicle alone can be enough to cause life-changing injuries. When a pedestrian is thrown violently to the concrete, injuries only become worse.

At Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers, we represent victims in all types of pedestrian injury cases, including cases involving:

  • Traumatic brain injuries, concussions, and other head trauma
  • Neck and shoulder injuries
  • Broken bones and crush injuries
  • Road rash
  • Dislocations
  • Nerve damage
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Thoracic injuries
  • Internal organ damage and bleeding
  • Back injuries
  • Burns
  • Amputations and loss of limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Wrongful death of a loved one


While you’re recovering from a serious injury, you shouldn’t have to worry about how you’ll pay for medical costs and living expenses. Our lawyers can start working on your case even while you’re still in recovery.

What Are the Leading Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in NYC?

Some common causes of pedestrian accidents in NYC include:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way at intersections and crosswalks
  • Tailgating
  • Aggressive driving
  • Dangerous or illegal turns
  • Running a red light or stop sign
  • Drunk driving and drug use
  • Fatigued drivers
  • Veering into a sidewalk
  • Road hazards

Nearly any type of negligent driving behavior can lead to a pedestrian accident in NYC.

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

Negligence is a failure to exercise due caution under the circumstances.

As the victim, you must prove the following to recover damages:

  • The defendant had a legal duty of care
  • They breached the duty by some action or failure to act
  • The breach directly caused your accident
  • The amount of your damages, based on your injuries and other losses

Our lawyers always start by collecting and evaluating the evidence. We’ll look for video surveillance footage, interview witnesses, and review any accident reports as we begin our investigation. The sooner we start looking, the stronger the chance of recovering the best evidence to prove your case.

How Long Do I Have To File a Personal Injury Lawsuit After a Pedestrian Accident in New York?

In New York, the statute of limitations in most personal injury cases is three years. Starting from the date of the accident, you have three years to file a lawsuit.

However, there are exceptions that could change the time limit for your case. Contact our attorney for help today.

Call a Trusted NYC Pedestrian Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Most injury victims are overwhelmed in the days and weeks following an accident. Our team at Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers can help you understand your legal rights and options. You can learn more about how an experienced NYC pedestrian accident lawyer can help by calling for a free consultation today.

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