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Tourist risks – 4 ways you might get hurt in NYC

New York City is a thriving metropolis, ideal for those looking for an incredible travel experience. Great food, world-famous landmarks, great photo opportunities, stunning hotels and yet never enough time to enjoy it all. Of course, like any big city, there are risks, and while the Big Apple is considered one of the safest cities in the world for tourists, it’s not without its dangers.

It’s safe to say that most visits to New York are pretty uneventful for tourists, but these are the ones who have done their research! The more you plan, the less likely you are to have a mishap, and no one wants to remember their once in a lifetime trip to the Big Apple as a huge disaster! Here we’ll take a look at 4 ways you might get hurt in NYC. 

If you’ve been injured in NYC get in touch with a New York personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. 

Slips and trips 

You’re probably familiar with images of crowded NYC streets, with lots of people in a rush to get somewhere. Sadly, tourists are at risk of tripping or stumbling whilst being jostled between crowds of people, as well as tripping on uneven sidewalks, spills, standing water, broken kerbs, or tripping over manholes. The best way to avoid accidents like these is to be as vigilant as possible when moving around the city.

Road traffic accidents

In NYC, the roads are just as busy as the sidewalks, from cabs to cars, trucks, buses, heavy machinery, police cars, cyclists and even police on horseback! Most drive aggressively to make their way through the jam-packed streets. Sadly, this often means that tourists can’t move quickly enough. Being hit by a car, or being in a car accident whilst riding in a cab, are the most common road traffic accidents in NYC that involve tourists. 


Of course, NYC is one of the safest tourist hotspots in the world, but that doesn’t mean you should walk around quiet streets at night, with your wallet in your back pocket and your smartphone on show. Tourists are often targeted by thieves and pickpockets because they carry large amounts of cash and are more likely to be distracted than locals. 

Food poisoning

Every year thousands of tourists and locals are stricken by food poisoning from eating contaminated foods and drinks. Undercooked meats, unclean food preparation services, poor hygiene practices from staff…Food poisoning can vary from a mild inconvenience to needing emergency hospital treatment, sadly either outcome is enough to spoil your trip to NYC.

Final thoughts….

If you believe you’ve been hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault and your injuries are a direct result of the negligence of someone else, then reach out to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

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