PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS IN BROOKLYN

Brooklyn Office

1733 Sheepshead Bay Rd, Suite 43
Brooklyn NY 11235

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At 1-800 HURT-511, our motto is “after calling 911, call us at 1-800-HURT-511.”

We know how difficult it can be to get back on your feet after being hurt in a personal injury accident in Brooklyn.

Personal Injury accidents happen in Brooklyn at night and day, causing injuries that often change your plans and future Our office is located in the heart of Brooklyn close to major highways so getting to our office is simple. Getting injured in an accident usually means you will be unable to work or go to school. Frequently, personal injury accidents also can take away your ability to do simple things that make you happy or you took for granted. At 1-800-HURT-511 our job is to help you get your back to normal as soon as possible. We will do everything in our control to make sure you are compensated for your injuries and hardships.

We know and understand that it is important that every one of our clients understand what type of case they may have and what their legal options are. Our experienced team of Brooklyn personal injury lawyers have helped thousands of accident victims get the monetary compensation that they need to cover medical bills, lost wages, and so much more.

Did you know Brooklyn is home to more than over million people? Not a surprise that it’s home to most of the congested roads in the world. Jam-packed roads will and often do, lead to traffic accidents. The borough of Brooklyn has seen more than its fair share of automobile collisions. In fact, in 2019, NYC averaged more than 635 car accidents every single day.

Now the question is why come to 1-800-HURT-511? Let’s examine the facts:

We’re going to take a look at the most common reasons for all these accidents:

DISTRACTED DRIVING

Distracted driving happens when a driver diverts their eyes from the road, takes their hands off of the wheel, or allows their mind to wander from the task at hand.

In Brooklyn, distractions contributed to more than 2,400 motor vehicle collisions in 2019. As a result, distraction played a role in nearly one out of every three car accidents (30.4% of total collisions involved distracted driving).

FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY

When roads are congested, it can be difficult for drivers to maintain a safe distance between vehicles. But, just because something is difficult does not mean it cannot be done. Unfortunately, following too closely – or tailgating – causes a lot of car accidents in the city. In 2019, tailgating caused 11.5% of all crashes.

FAILURE TO YIELD

When you’re driving in Brooklyn, you have to be aware of traffic patterns and traffic laws. If you’re not, or you simply ignore them, accidents can occur when two vehicles attempt to enter the same space at the same time. In 2018, failure to yield resulted in 18,207 car accidents.

SPEEDING

Speeding contributes to plenty of car accidents in Brooklyn. According to the NYPD, there are more than 13 speed-related collisions in the city every day.

DRUNK DRIVING

The NYPD reports that, in 2018, there were a total of 2,683 drunk driving collisions. On an average day, that’s roughly 7 or 8 drunk-driving accidents.

PASSING IMPROPERLY

A lot of drivers throw caution to the wind when passing other vehicles. And, in turn, these drivers cause a lot of accidents. In 2019, passing improperly was a factor in one out of every 10 collisions on Brooklyn roads.

ROAD DEFECTS

Sometimes, the way roads are designed, or their lack of maintenance contribute to collisions. Potholes, obscured signage, uneven terrain, and sharp curves all factor into crashes now and then.

DEFECTIVE VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT

Sometimes accidents happen because the vehicles that are driven (or certain parts) are defective. Sometimes brakes fail. Sometimes airbags deploy without reason or warning. When this happens, it is the manufacturer that might be on the hook for the damage.

WHAT CAN I RECEIVE IN DAMAGES?

In Brooklyn, compensation typically takes two forms – economic damages and non-economic damages. In select personal injury cases, punitive damages might also be on the table.

WHAT ARE ECONOMIC DAMAGES?

Economic damages are awarded to compensate for the financial costs, losses, and expenses related to a car accident.

These typically include:
• Current medical expenses (including, but not limited to, transportation to the hospital, diagnostic tests, surgery, medication, and a hospital stay)
• Future medical bills (including follow-up care, medical devices, and medical equipment)
• Rehabilitation and therapy
• Nursing care
• The cost of replacing or repairing damaged property
• Reduced earning capacity
• Temporary and/or permanent disability, and
• Lost income and wages.

By recovering economic damages, you should be put back in the position you were in (financially speaking) before the accident.

WHAT ARE NON-ECONOMIC DAMAGES?

Not all injuries and consequences of a car accident have a set financial value. You can experience unbearable physical pain and excruciating emotional suffering. You might face significant limitations in what you can do and how you can live your life. These consequences are no less serious than the ones that come with a receipt. That’s why non-economic damages are awarded.

Common examples of non-economic damages include:
• Pain and suffering
• Emotional distress
• Depression, PTSD, and anxiety
• Disfigurement
• Scarring
• Loss of enjoyment of life
• Loss of consortium
• Loss of quality of life, and
• Embarrassment.

Brooklyn does not have a cap on non-economic awards. However, valuation is often closely associated with the value of economic damages.

WHAT ARE PUNITIVE DAMAGES?

Punitive damages are awarded for one singular purpose – to punish the defendant for conduct that’s particularly reprehensible. However, these are reserved for situations when they’re really warranted. In order to secure a punitive award, a crash victim has the burden of proving that the defendant acted with a “high degree of moral turpitude” or “willful or wanton negligence.” Mere carelessness is not enough.

• Move Over and Away: Move to a safe location so that you are not injured if approaching vehicles are unable to stop and there’s another accident.
• Call the Police: An officer will be sent to the scene to conduct a short investigation and fill out an incident report. The details documented in the report might be critically important down the line. Failing to report your accident can put your ability to recover compensation in jeopardy.
• Seek Medical Attention: Make sure that you get to the hospital or doctor as soon as you can after an accident. If your injuries are critical, you don’t have to wait for the police to arrive. Prompt medical care is important for your health. The sooner your injuries are treated, the better.
• Don’t Admit Fault or Apologize: Accepting blame or apologizing after an accident may make things worse for your auto accident injury claim. The other driver, passengers and insurance companies can use your apology as an admission of fault and deny (or minimize) your claim for compensation.
• Contact our experienced team of Brooklyn personal injury lawyers immediately after calling 911 with any questions you may have.

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