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New York City Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Manhattan

Most people who live and work in New York City rely on their own two feet to get around. With so much in such a close distance, coupled with the immense amount of traffic and unreliability of other transportation options, walking is one of the primary modes of transportations in Manhattan. Unfortunately, when someone gets hit by a car, they are often faced with very serious injuries that may even be fatal. Victims of pedestrian accidents often find that the burdens of the accident last for years down the road, whether they are physical, financial, or emotional in nature. It is important that pedestrian accident victims consider speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney that can help them analyze their case and hold the appropriate parties responsible. Contact Swerling Law today to discuss your case.

What Causes NYC Pedestrian Accidents?

In recent years, New York City has tried to make more pedestrian-friendly areas in response to the alarming number of pedestrian accidents that occur. These accidents can happen for a wide range of reasons, but one of the primary causes is driver negligence. Some of the many factors that contribute to NYC pedestrian accidents may include the following:

  • Speeding drivers
  • Driving without headlights at night or in bad weather
  • Drivers that do not pay attention to crosswalks, stop signs, or street lights
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Roads that have obstructed visibility
  • Pedestrians who cross the road outside of the crosswalk
  • Pedestrians who are not paying attention where they walk

Recovering Compensation After an Accident

The physical, emotional, and financial burdens that are associated with many NYC pedestrian accidents can be overwhelming. Therefore, it is important that you take your legal options into consideration after being hit by a car. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you recover compensation for the hardships caused by the accident. This compensation is known as damages. In many situations, you may be entitled to both economic and noneconomic damages.

  • Economic damages can include medical expenses, lost wages, the cost of rehabilitation, the need to hire in-home care, and more.
  • Noneconomic damages can include pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.

It is important to be aware that in New York, including NYC, you must file your claim within 3 years of the date of the accident. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations and if you fail to abide by it, you will lose your opportunity to recover compensation, so do not hesitate to speak with an attorney.

Contact a Manhattan Pedestrian Accident Attorney

While a lawsuit may never reverse the substantial impacts of a pedestrian accident, it can provide substantial financial compensation and help you feel as though you have achieved justice after your accident. If you need an effective personal injury lawyer that can fight on your behalf, contact Swerling Law today to schedule a free consultation.


Settlement to a barista who slipped and fell on a defective stairwell while working for Starbucks who sustained back injuries requiring multiple surgeries in 2012.


Settlement to a woman who was assaulted and sustained back/hip injuries in 2015.


Verdict to a high school student who was assaulted by a school dean during her lunch period dislocating her hip in 2014.


Settlement to a man who was run over by a dump truck on a Brooklyn street causing him to sustain multiple injuries, including but not limited to a broken leg and detached urethra in 2019.


Settlement to a woman who slipped and fell down a wet stairwell in a New York City Housing Authority building requiring a back surgery in 2018.

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