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New York City Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Pedestrians are subject to severe injuries and even death due to negligent and reckless driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, 5,987 pedestrians died in motor vehicle accidents in 2016. This was the highest number of pedestrian fatalities since 1990. Survivors of pedestrian accidents often live with severe, life-altering injuries.

If you or a loved one were involved in a pedestrian accident with a motor vehicle, seek proper legal representation, so that you can focus on your recovery, not your claim. The attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, P.C., handle all types of personal injury litigation, including pedestrian accidents.

Why Choose Us?

Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, P.C., is a full-service personal injury firm that specializes in all types of personal injury law. Our attorneys have successfully litigated cases involving pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, and bicycle accidents. Our size, scope of organization, and wealth of resources allow us to offer these specialized legal services.

Our clients choose us due to our well-established prestige and skillful representation among New York City attorneys.

  • Our attorneys represent all types of clients, including individuals and large groups. We have served as lead counsel for 9/11 first responders and engaged in litigation against major tobacco companies.
  • We provide legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless you receive a settlement.
  • We have recovered over $2 billion for our clients over the last decade.

Pedestrian Accidents in New York City

New York City is a highly pedestrian city where millions of people, cars, and bicycles interact daily. These interactions inevitably lead to injuries and fatalities between pedestrians and motor vehicles.

According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene:

  • New York City saw 497 pedestrian fatalities between 2012 and 2014, accounting for over half of the total 889 traffic fatalities.
  • Older adults comprised 37% of pedestrian fatalities despite making up 13% of New York City’s population.
  • Low-income neighborhoods had pedestrian fatality rates three times higher than wealthier neighborhoods.

New York Pedestrian Accident Claims

New York is a no-fault car insurance state, which means that drivers must have at least $50,000 no fault coverage. When a driver injures a pedestrian, that pedestrian will have to file a claim with the driver’s insurance to receive no fault benefits. This covers both lost earnings and medical related expenses such as hospitalization costs, medications, and other medical bills.

Assuming the pedestrian suffered serious injuries, no fault is insufficient.  Moreover, it does not compensate for pain and suffering.

If you have been seriously injured as a pedestrian, you should contact us immediately.  Accidents such as this require immediate investigation to locate witnesses, obtain videos of the accident before they are destroyed, and to identify all of the possible at fault parties.

If settlement cannot be reached, it may be necessary to file suit.  In the state of New York, you have three years from the date of an accident to file a personal injury lawsuit that involves a pedestrian knockdown.  This time limit is much shorter if the accident involves a municipal vehicle and may require filing notices of claim as early as 90 days after the accident.  Certainly, prior to entering negotiations, you will want to engage an attorney to ensure that, based upon our experience, you are getting full compensation for your injuries.

Contact Us Today

Are you seeking legal representation for your pedestrian accident lawsuit or insurance claim? Our personal injury attorneys can represent you. Our attorneys have years of litigation experience representing pedestrian clients injured by motor vehicles.

Contact our Manhattan offices today to schedule your free consultation and discuss your legal options.