New York is the most popular tourist destination in the country. In 2009, more than 45.2 million Americans visited New York. In fact, New York City has overtaken Orlando, Florida as the most popular tourist spot in the United States. The state is also the top spot for visitors from overseas. 8.6 million international tourists visited New York, more than twice the number that visited California.
Tourists can find almost anything to suit their interests while visiting New York. Outdoor activities in famous parks, world-class museums, five-star restaurants, high-end shops with the latest fashions and a wide variety of hotels provide tourists with endless entertainment. However, New York, especially New York City, is not the easiest place to navigate. The busy streets, crowded subways and inclement winters can be a hotbed for accidents resulting in serious injuries.
Accidents While on Vacation in New York
Given the fact that there are a wide variety of activities that both domestic and international tourists can enjoy while in New York, it is not surprising that so many accidents involving tourists are commonly reported. Common accidents that tourists may get into while vacationing in New York include:
- Automobile accidents
- Pedestrian related accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Subway accidents
- Slip, trip and fall accidents
Any of these accidents can result in serious injuries that may require immediate medical attention. Common injuries sustained in these accidents include:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Concussions and other head injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Sprains and torn tendons
Regardless of what type of injury you sustained in an accident, it is imperative that you immediately seek medical attention. Doing so may seem like a damper on the fun, but delaying treatment may worsen the extent of your injuries.
What To Do If You’re Involved In an Accident in New York
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident while vacationing in New York, you do not have to be an American citizen to seek compensation. However, the steps you take immediately following the accident may affect your ability to recover compensation. Important steps that you should take after an accident include:
- Calling the police to come to the scene of the accident or reporting the accident to an employee or manager of where the accident occurred
- Taking pictures of the scene of the accident
- Obtaining the contact information for all of the parties involved in the accident and any witnesses to the accident
- Getting immediately medical attention for your injuries
Call a Travel Law Firm Today!
If you have been injured while on vacation in New York or any other foreign city, you should immediately consult an experienced travel accident attorney. With the right legal help, you can be confident that you will get the full extent of the compensation that you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced travel lawyers, please call Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.