Brooklyn Car Accident Lawyer
In the most recent crash data available, the borough of Brooklyn encountered 4,117 motor vehicle collisions in one month, second only to Queens in New York City. These crashes took the lives of three pedestrians, one passenger and one motorist, and injured 880 others. We might call them accidents, but they aren’t really accidents in the sense of random, unpredictable events that are no one’s fault. Car crashes are unintentional, but they are nevertheless predictable and preventable. If you suffer a severe injury in a collision, the Brooklyn car accident lawyers at Giuffré Law Offices can help you recover compensation to cover your present and future medical expenses, lost income or diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, and other legal damages. Give us a call at 516-802-9912, and let us take on the burden of recovering compensation on your behalf, while you focus on your physical recovery and putting your life back in order after a Brooklyn car accident turns it upside-down.
Driver negligence causes Brooklyn car accidents, and distracted driving leads the way
Of the 4,117 Brooklyn car accidents in February 2020, 1,233 were caused by driver inattention/distraction. That’s nearly 30% caused by distracted driving. Next came crashes caused by failure to yield the right-of-way, following too closely, improper passing or lane usage, passing too closely, backing unsafely, unsafe lane changing, unsafe speed and a couple other dozen negligent behaviors. Drunk driving was implicated in only 64 (1.5%) of crashes. How many of these accidents could have been avoided had the at-fault driver only been paying closer attention and driving more safely? In theory, they could all have been prevented. Negligent drivers can and should be held responsible when their negligence causes severe or catastrophic injuries to others on the road, be they pedestrians, cyclists or occupants of other vehicles. The personal injury and wrongful death legal team at Giuffré Law Offices dedicate their careers toward helping victims of Brooklyn car accidents.
No-fault benefits for minor injuries, tort claims for serious ones
Your first recourse after a Brooklyn car accident is typically to look toward your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) policy. This no-fault insurance coverage pays up to $50,000 of your medical bills and lost earnings related to the accident, along with other reasonable and necessary expenses such as medications and transportation or mileage reimbursement for your doctor appointments.
To recover the full amount of your damages after a crash, including pain and suffering, you’ll often have to sue the negligent driver and settle with their insurance company or take them to trial. However, New York’s no-fault insurance law only authorizes lawsuits in the case of certain “serious injuries.” Insurance carriers push back hard when you say you’ve been seriously injured and work to have your case dismissed before it can ever get to a jury. Proving your injury meets the criteria under the law to file a tort claim is only one critical step in holding negligent drivers responsible for the full amount of damage they have caused.
A negligence lawsuit will only be allowed to go forward if you can prove any of the following as a consequence of your Brooklyn car crash:
- Significant disfigurement
- Loss of a fetus
- Permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function or system
- Permanent consequential limitation of use of a body organ or member
- A significant limitation of use of a body function or system
- Medically determined injury or impairment of a non-permanent nature which prevents you from performing substantially all of the material acts which constitute your usual and customary daily activities for not less than 90 days during the 180 days immediately following the occurrence of the injury or impairment
You’ll further be required to prove that the at-fault driver was negligent and their negligence caused your damage. Insurance companies will continue to fight your claim on every front, saying their driver wasn’t negligent but you were or arguing over the significance and cost of your injuries. No one expects you to go through this on your own. With a dedicated and experienced Brooklyn car accident attorney from Giuffré Law Offices on your side, you can expect a lawyer who will build and present a strong case, ready to negotiate or litigate a settlement or jury verdict that fully meets your needs.
Injured in a Brooklyn Car Accident? Call Giuffré Law Offices for Help
With thousands of crashes happening every month, and the numbers rising every year, you don’t want to be caught in a crash without the help of an experienced Brooklyn car accident lawyer on your side. At Giuffré Law Offices, we go out of our way to treat our clients well and take care of them. Yes, we focus on getting results, but we also emphasize keeping you at ease and comfortable as we guide you through what is undoubtedly a stressful situation in your life. Call 516-802-9912 to schedule a free consultation in our Brooklyn office. If you can’t travel, don’t worry. We’ll come to you. We speak Russian, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Let us help you on your road to recovery.