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Pedestrian Knockdown

New York Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Millions of pedestrians walk throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs each day to get to work, school, or run errands. Unfortunately, these individuals are even more vulnerable to the consequences of negligent driving than the occupants of other vehicles on the road. Tragically, countless pedestrians are killed as a result of being struck by reckless drivers and many more are forced to endure live-altering and debilitating injuries.

No amount of money can compensate you for the loss of a loved one or the permanent disability you sustained due to the actions of a careless driver. But it may help relieve the economic hardship you and your family might be facing and provide you with a sense of justice. The Dearie Law Firm, P.C., provides aggressive advocacy for clients who have suffered the devastating effects of being hit by a car — and fights to ensure they receive the highest possible verdict or settlement for their injuries.        

Causes of Pedestrian Knockdown Accidents

Despite traffic laws and safety regulations, pedestrian knockdown accidents occur all too frequently throughout New York. These types of accidents can happen nearly anywhere foot and vehicle traffic coincide, such as parking lots, crosswalks, and intersections. In some cases, pedestrians can even be struck by a vehicle while traversing the sidewalk.

There can be many reasons for pedestrian knockdown accidents, including:   

  • Improper turning
  • Disobeying traffic signals
  • Inattention or distraction
  • Drowsy driving
  • Loss of vehicle control
  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Backing up unsafely
  • Failure to yield the right of way


Drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles with reasonable care. Failure to do so can result in their being held liable for negligence in a personal injury action. However, pedestrians also have a responsibility to abide by the traffic laws. While liability in some pedestrian accidents is straightforward, in other cases, it can be more complicated depending on the facts and circumstances.  

Importantly, even if you are partially at fault for the accident, you might still be entitled to monetary recovery for your injuries under New York’s comparative negligence rule. For instance, if you failed to obey a “Do Not Walk” command — or were crossing outside a marked crosswalk — you can still recover compensation, minus your percentage of responsibility for the accident. The personal injury lawyers at The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. are there when you need an attorney the most. We are committed to pursuing the maximum amount of compensation you deserve, no matter how challenging your case.

Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries

Any vehicle can strike a pedestrian if it is not operated safely — including trucks, buses, SUVs, vans, and passenger cars. The size of the oncoming vehicle and the speed at which it was traveling are critical factors that can determine the extent and severity of pedestrian knockdown injuries. Nevertheless, a pedestrian can still suffer from serious injuries or fatality if they were hit by a vehicle moving at a low speed.

Since a pedestrian doesn’t have any protection surrounding them when they are struck, the resulting injuries can be catastrophic. Common injuries in pedestrian knockdown accidents can include sprains, strains, contusions, concussions, broken bones, fractures, spinal cord injuries, nerve damage, paralysis, disfigurement, or fatality.

Critically, even if you may not think you’ve been injured after being struck by a vehicle, it’s essential to seek medical attention immediately to rule out internal bleeding or other serious injuries that can worsen if left untreated. To diagnose your injuries, your doctor may recommend that you get X-rays, a CAT scan, MRIs, or EMG-NCVs. Medical treatment for pedestrian accidents can vary widely and include physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, and the use of medical equipment. Surgery may also be required.

Obtaining the medical care you need after a pedestrian accident is not only crucial to healing your injuries, but it’s essential to building a solid case. Our diligent lawyers will develop a comprehensive strategy to help ensure the responsible party is held accountable for the negligence that caused your injuries — and you receive the full amount of compensation available to you under the law.

Dependable Representation for the Best Possible Results

If you suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one due to being struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian, you may be entitled to monetary recovery. Although no-fault insurance may cover up to $50,000 of your medical expenses, the costs of medical treatment for a pedestrian knockdown accident can quickly exceed this amount. Additionally, no-fault does not compensate you for the full amount of your lost wages or for your pain and suffering.

When you file a personal injury action, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your unreimbursed medical expenses, lost earnings, and out-of-pocket costs in connection with your medical treatment. You may also be able to recover non-economic damages for your physical pain, mental anguish, and the loss of enjoyment of life you experienced due to your injuries. Families who have lost loved ones may also be entitled to compensation in a wrongful death action.

At The Dearie Law Firm, P.C., we take the time to understand how your pedestrian injuries have impacted your life to provide the most effective representation possible. Whether the best result would be achieved through negotiations or litigation, we work tirelessly to ensure justice is obtained in your case.   

Contact a Skilled New York Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

A pedestrian knockdown accident can significantly change your life. If you suffered injuries as a pedestrian due to a driver’s negligence, carelessness, or recklessness, it’s crucial to have a pedestrian accident lawyer by your side to protect your rights. For more than 30 years, The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. has been providing reliable representation for injured pedestrians and obtaining high-quality results.

The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. has convenient office locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, as well as mobile locations serving Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester, Rockland, and Long Island in Nassau County and Suffolk County. Contact us at 1-800-2-DEARIE for a consultation.