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Brooklyn Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Brooklyn Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Have you been injured in a pedestrian accident in Brooklyn, NY? At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we have dedicated our practice to representing victims of serious accidents. Contact our Brooklyn pedestrian accident lawyers at (718) 802-1600 today for a free case evaluation.

We commit 100% of our time to personal injury law. When we represent you in a personal injury claim, we put our 25 years of experience to work for you.

We will help you understand your legal rights, and put you on the path to recovery — physically and financially.

 

How a Brooklyn Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help Following a Pedestrian Accident

After being struck by a car, motorcycle, truck, or bus, you need a lawyer with a proven track record of success with personal injury and wrongful death claims. We want the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel to be your first call after a Kings County pedestrian accident. 

When you hire us, you can count on our legal team to: 

  • Listen to your story and review the unique circumstances and details 
  • Fully investigate the cause of your accident to determine potentially liable parties 
  • Work with leading New York experts to determine your future medical needs and damages
  • Negotiate on your behalf with insurance companies and defense lawyers
  • If a fair settlement cannot be reached, we will promptly take your case to trial

Jay Knispel, the founding attorney of our law office, has more than two decades of experience representing personal injury victims in Brooklyn, NY. He has handled complex catastrophic pedestrian accident claims involving passenger vehicles, commercial trucks, and  New York City Transit Authority buses, including cases that other lawyers have turned away. 

If you would like to know more about your legal rights, contact our personal injury lawyers in Brooklyn to arrange your free consultation. 

Do Pedestrians Have the Right-Of-Way in New York? 

In New York, pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks and at all intersections with marked or unmarked crosswalks. Pedestrians should follow the signal and cross only during the “Walk” phase at intersections with pedestrian-control signals.

Where do Pedestrian Accidents Occur in Brooklyn? 

Where do Pedestrian Accidents Occur in Brooklyn?Brooklyn covers 69.5 square miles of land and is NYC’s most populous borough. There are 4,371 estimated intersections with traffic signals in Brooklyn. Many people walk to work and school in Brooklyn. Around 44 percent of Brooklyn households own cars, and a lower percentage use them to commute. 

Congested roads and distracted, reckless drivers lead to hundreds of motor vehicle accidents and dozens of fatalities involving pedestrians each year. Pedestrians died and were injured throughout Brooklyn. 

The below list includes all intersections where pedestrian fatalities occurred between 2009-2013

  • 18 Av & Ocean Pkwy
  • Flatbush Av & Glenwood Rd
  • Franklin Av & Eastern Pkwy
  • Liberty Av & Wells St & Euclid Av
  • Myrtle Av & Broadway & Jefferson St
  • Nostrand Av & Av Z
  • Nostrand Av & Eastern Pkwy
  • Ocean Pkwy & Church Av
  • Ocean Pkwy & Kings Hwy
  • Parkside Av & Flatbush Av
  • Ralph Av & Atlantic Av
  • Rochester Av & Eastern Pkwy
  • Rockaway Av & Livonia Av
  • Rutland Rd & Rockaway Pkwy
  • Utica Av & Church Av
  • Utica Av & Eastern Pkwy
  • W Brighton Av & Ocean Pkwy & Brighton Beach Av

If another person’s negligence caused your New York City pedestrian accident, you should not have to bear the burden of medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. Having an experienced pedestrian accident attorney will allow you to focus on healing while your lawyer fights for the compensation you deserve.

What Are Arterial Streets, and Why Do 60% Of Brooklyn’s Pedestrian Fatalities Occur On Them? 

According to NYC’s Vision Zero Action Plan for Brooklyn, many of Brooklyn’s pedestrian accident fatalities occur on arterial streets. These are the high-capacity urban streets that move traffic between collector roads to freeways or expressways. 

Some of the main arterial roads in Brooklyn are: 

  • Atlantic Avenue
  • Flatbush Avenue
  • Ocean Avenue
  • Myrtle Avenue
  • Rockaway Parkway
  • 4th Avenue
  • 86th Street

Arterial roads comprise just 14% of Brooklyn’s street network but are the location of 60% of Brooklyn’s pedestrian fatalities. Arterial roads are wider, have higher speed limits, and more complex traffic patterns. 

What Is My Brooklyn Pedestrian Accident Case Worth? 

Dozens of factors may determine the value of your personal injury or wrongful death claim, including: 

  • The cost of treating your injuries now and in the future. 
  • How and to what extent your injuries will interfere with your ability to work for the rest of your life 
  • The extent to which your injuries affect you emotionally 
  • How your injury will impact your day-to-day activities. 

 

Insurance companies will be quick to recognize a serious injury. You do not have to – and should not – face a big insurance company alone. Contact us now to speak with a qualified and reputable lawyer about your legal rights.  

What Types of Damages are Available to Brooklyn Pedestrian Accident Victims? 

In a New York personal injury claim, you can recover two types of compensatory damages: economic and non-economic damages, including:

  • Medical Care Costs: Any medical costs resulting from your injuries can be covered.
  • Disfigurement: When car accidents cause permanent scarring or loss of limbs, injured individuals can recover compensation for loss of quality of life and psychological and emotional damage. 
  • Disability: When injuries are permanent, you may need medical equipment, home or vehicle modifications, and around-the-clock nursing care. 
  • Future Lost Earning Capacity: If you can only work in a reduced capacity, you may be entitled to damages for lost career opportunities. 
  • Lost Earnings / Loss Of Employment: If you are unable to work for any length of time due to your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for what you would have earned. 
  • Pain and Suffering: Non-economic damages for physical pain and emotional suffering are determined based on the severity of injuries and unique to each case. 

Do not accept an insurance adjuster’s valuation of your injury without speaking to an attorney. You may be entitled to far more compensation. A lawyer can review your case and give you a general idea of your case’s potential value. 

In very rare cases, where a defendant’s behavior is especially egregious – specifically if “the wrongdoer’s actions amount to willful or wanton negligence,” you may be entitled to punitive damages. A drunk driving or road rage case would be an example of such an event.

Can I Recover Compensation If I’m Being Blamed for a Pedestrian Accident in New York? 

Under New York’s comparative negligence rule, you can recover compensation even if you were 99% to blame for your injuries. However, if you are partly responsible for an accident, your damages will be reduced by your share of fault. 

For example, if you were 30% responsible for a pedestrian accident and the driver of a vehicle was 70% responsible, your amount of compensation would be reduced by 30%. 

We’ll Fight To Recover Fair Compensation For All of Your Brooklyn Pedestrian Accident Injuries 

New York Vehicle & Traffic Law defines a pedestrian as “any person afoot or in a wheelchair.” This definition includes young children, adults, and seniors. 

Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable to serious injury when struck by a vehicle. While drivers are protected by airbags, seatbelts, and the car structure itself, pedestrians have no such protection, so they face serious injury in a car crash.

Some of the injuries we frequently see in NYC pedestrian accidents include: 

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries 
  • Broken bone injuries 
  • Sprains and strains 
  • Amputation injuries
  • Burn injuries. 

Treatment for pedestrian accident injuries will depend on the location of the injury and the severity. Vehicles traveling at higher speeds are much more likely to result in severe injuries or death. Of course, when injuries are serious, the physical, emotional, and financial impact is far greater than a minor injury. 

What Causes Most Pedestrian Accidents in Brooklyn, New York? 

According to the New York Times, the major contributing causes for fatal pedestrian accidents in 2019 were: 

  • Distracted driving and cell phone use
  • Failure to yield 
  • Traffic signs disregarded 
  • Pedestrian or cyclist error 
  • Unsafe speed 
  • Alcohol/drug use 
  • Backing up unsafely

Negligent drivers who are not drunk and remain at the scene of a collision with a pedestrian rarely face criminal charges, even if the collision leads to a severe injury or fatality. A civil claim may be your only course of action to obtain justice and financial accountability for a catastrophic injury or devastating loss. 

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Pedestrian Accident in New York? 

A “statute of limitations” is a written law that establishes a specific window of time to file a lawsuit for damages. For cases involving negligence (which applies to most pedestrian accidents), accident victims have three years to commence a claim under Civil Practice Law & Rules Section 214(4)

Accident victims are well-advised to contact a New York personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following an accident. The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC is available 24/7 to take your call and provide legal advice. 

Contact Our Brooklyn, NY Pedestrian Accident Lawyers For a Free Consultation 

The lawyer you choose can directly impact the amount of money you recover for a personal injury or wrongful death claim. The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC have handled many pedestrian accident cases across Brooklyn. We have a long history of successful case results and satisfied clients

If you have been injured or a loved one has died in a pedestrian accident, our Brooklyn pedestrian accident lawyer can fight for your rights to fair compensation. Under our contingency fee arrangement, there are never any fees unless we recover money for you. 

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New York City Office 

450 7th Ave Suite 409
New York, NY 10123

Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury-New York City Office

 

Brooklyn Office 

26 Court St., Suite 2511
Brooklyn, New York 11242

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