New York City Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Walking is one of the most popular ways to get around New York City. Many people elect to skip public transportation buses and subways and walk to their destination. Pedestrians everywhere are entitled to safe sidewalks and roadways, but with NYC having some of the most congested roads in the world, pedestrian accidents will occur.

The team of personal injury attorneys at The Barnes Firm have proudly served New York City, including all five boroughs, for decades. We are dedicated to helping those injured in pedestrian accidents get the best result possible for their case. Call (800) 800-0000 for a FREE case evaluation.

How The Barnes Firm Can Help You After a Pedestrian Accident

When an accident occurs, pedestrians tend to suffer more severe injuries as they have no protection. These injuries can require surgery, physical therapy, and life-long treatments. After any accident, insurance companies are often very difficult to work with and will try to reduce the value of your claim or deny it entirely. You should not have to pay for another person’s negligence. When you hire a trusted pedestrian accident attorney at The Barnes Firm, you can be assured we will thoroughly investigate all aspects of your claim to fully assess who is at fault, and what damages can be recovered. We will negotiate with the insurance companies and take your case to trial, if necessary.


What are the Main Causes of NYC Pedestrian Accidents?

According to the New York City Department of Transportation, pedestrians hit by a motor vehicle are 10 times more likely to be fatally injured  than a motor vehicle occupant in the event of a crash. Some of the causes of pedestrian accidents include:

  • Failure to Yield Right of Way to Pedestrians. According to New York State Vehicle and Transportation Law, motorists must yield to any pedestrian crossing the road at an intersection or marked crosswalk when the pedestrian has the right-of-way, even if there is not a traffic signal present. A pedestrian has the right of way when then the traffic signal shows “WALK” or a walking person. A pedestrian cannot walk out in front of a moving vehicle that is too close to yield. Pedestrians also cannot cross when the traffic signal says “DON’T WALK” or the hand is flashing.
  • Distracted Driving. Being distracted by other passengers, phones, music, etc. can cause drivers to veer off the road, cross into pedestrian lanes, or fail to yield to pedestrians at intersections.
  • Aggressive Driving. This behavior is often associated with speeding, not checking blind spots, or running stop lights, and can lead to increased pedestrian accidents. Aggressive driving increases the risk of collision with a pedestrian or another motorist.
  • Backing up Unsafely. When a motor vehicle driver fails to look before backing up, they are at a higher risk of injuring a pedestrian that may be behind them.
  • Unsafe or Illegal Turns at Intersections. Impatient drivers often make illegal or unsafe turns at intersections. When a driver makes an unsafe turn, and pedestrians have the right of way, this can result in an accident.
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Alcohol and drugs reduce reaction time. Pedestrians are more likely to be hit by an intoxicated driver due to their smaller profile.
  • Road Hazards. Road hazards including cracked sidewalks, potholes, construction, improperly marked crosswalks, and defective signage can lead to pedestrian accidents.

Over 30% of pedestrian-vehicle accidents can be traced back to distracted driving. If you or a loved one were injured as the result of a negligent driver, call The Barnes Firm at (800) 800-0000. Our New York City pedestrian accident lawyers are available 24/7 to answer your questions and help you get the best result possible.

Where Do Pedestrian Accidents Happen In NYC?

Pedestrian accidents can happen anywhere. Some of the most dangerous NYC intersections include:

In recent years, Manhattan has had four times as many fatal pedestrian accidents than the other four boroughs. New York City is taking steps to improve safety for pedestrians by installing pedestrian countdown signals, slow speed zones, and more crosswalks. Even with these updated safety precautions, distracted driving causes thousands of innocent pedestrians to be injured each year. The NYC pedestrian accident attorneys at The Barnes Firm are committed to helping pedestrian accident victims.

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Who is Liable for my Injuries After a Pedestrian Accident?

New York is a no-fault state. This means insurance should compensate you for your injuries, regardless of who is responsible for the crash. However, insurance companies will only pay up to policy limits. If your insurance claim is denied, or your damages exceed the insurance policy limit, you may be able to file an injury claim against anyone who contributed to your accident. This could include:

  • Motor vehicle drivers
  • Bus drivers
  • Truck drivers
  • Motorcyclists
  • Bicyclists
  • Other pedestrians
  • Taxi or rideshare drivers
  • New York City Transit Authority
  • Electric scooter operator

New York no-fault laws can be complex so it’s important to work with an experienced pedestrian accident attorney at The Barnes Firm after you’ve been injured. With over 100 years of combined experience, our attorneys are knowledgeable in personal injury law and will work hard to help you get the best result possible.

Injuries Resulting from a New York Pedestrian Accident

Depending on the circumstances of your pedestrian accident, injuries can range from minor to severe. Our team of experienced New York City pedestrian accident lawyers know how dangerous an accident involving a motor vehicle and a pedestrian can be. We have successfully handled cases involving the following types of pedestrian injuries:

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, call us at (800) 800-0000 and ask to speak with one of our experienced injury attorneys to receive a FREE case evaluation today.

Damages to Recover After a Pedestrian Accident

Our team of successful personal injury attorneys will help you recover all damages you are entitled to after a pedestrian accident. This could include:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Disability, and more

We are dedicated to getting you the financial compensation you deserve. After a pedestrian accident, call the pedestrian accident lawyers New York City trusts. The Barnes Firm is available 24/7 to review your case for FREE, answer any questions you may have, and help you file a personal injury claim.

Statute of Limitations in New York City

In New York State, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim is three years from the date of accident or injury discovery. The period after a pedestrian accident can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to deal with it alone. Call our experienced New York City pedestrian accident attorneys today at (800) 800-0000. We will work hard for you every step of the way to help you get the best result possible.

Experienced Pedestrian Accident Lawyers are Here to Help

If you or a loved one have suffered injuries as the result of another’s negligence, our New York City pedestrian accident lawyers are here to help you through this difficult time. The Barnes Firm will work hard and fight for you to help recover the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries.

Call (800) 800-0000 today for a FREE case evaluation – it could be the best call you make


The team of trusted pedestrian accident attorneys at The Barnes Firm proudly serve clients throughout the New York City area including The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and surrounding neighborhoods.

New York City Office Location

420 Lexington Avenue
Suite #2140
New York, NY 10170

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