Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, is one of the state’s most populated counties. As a result, residents and visitors to Kings County are not surprised to see the streets and sidewalks of Brooklyn crowded with pedestrians going to work or going about their personal business. These are prime conditions for pedestrian accidents and collisions to happen. To be sure, some pedestrian accidents and near-accidents do not result in any serious injuries to the pedestrian – a bump or bruise, or perhaps some light abrasions, may be the only injuries the pedestrian experiences. However, other Kings County pedestrian collisions can cause catastrophic – even debilitating or fatal – injuries to the person struck by a car, motorcycle, commercial vehicle, or other motor vehicle.
Pedestrians hurt in these kinds of accidents in Kings County, New York may feel as if they do not have many people on their side after such a collision, but that is simply not true. Parker Waichman LLP is available and willing to provide these injury victims with high-quality legal representation and counsel so they can better rebuild their lives following their injuries.
Why Do Pedestrian Collisions Happen in Kings County?
One may be forgiven for thinking that in places like Brooklyn, Kings County – where there are so many pedestrians walking around neighborhoods, shopping areas, and other parts of the county at all hours of the day and night – that there would be no pedestrian accidents at all. After all, motorists should expect to encounter pedestrians no matter where they are driving.
This is not the case, however: pedestrians are regularly injured in collisions and accidents due to a variety of factors:
- Pedestrians disobeying crosswalk signs and other traffic laws: Pedestrians can put themselves at risk by jaywalking, crossing at a crosswalk when a “Don’t Walk” signal is displayed, or not looking for traffic before setting foot into the street. Just as pedestrians have a legitimate expectation that motorists will obey traffic laws, so too motorists have a legitimate expectation that pedestrians will also follow laws that apply to them. When these expectations are frustrated, that is when injury collisions happen.
- Drivers are driving their cars or trucks while distracted, impaired, or drowsy: Driving after consuming alcohol and/or drugs, while using a cell phone or other distracting electronic device, or without adequate sleep can all rob a driver of his or her ability to be alert and aware of his or her surroundings, his or her ability to safely control a vehicle, and/or his or her ability to take appropriate and controlled actions to avoid pedestrian collisions.
- Drivers are careless or reckless: Sometimes a driver is not “impaired” by anything other than impatience or road rage. That is, a driver may be fully aware of his or her surroundings and see pedestrians walking along the sidewalks or in the streets but choose to drive in a way that endangers pedestrians’ safety. This can involve driving behaviors such as speeding, trying to “beat” traffic lights or crossing pedestrians, or not providing adequate signals to other motorists or to pedestrians.
Careless or reckless decisions by drivers or others that cause a pedestrian to sustain injuries in a Kings County pedestrian collision can give the injured pedestrian the ability to file an injury lawsuit asking for monetary damages from the person or people who are responsible for causing the collision. Even if the pedestrian does something that is negligent (such as jaywalking or dressing in dark clothing and walking in the middle of the street at night) and such action is a contributing factor to the pedestrian collision, the injured pedestrian may still be entitled to some amount of compensation. For this reason, injured pedestrians in Kings County should contact an attorney with Parker Waichman LLP as soon as possible to discuss their potential legal rights.
What Does Monetary Compensation Do for an Injured Kings County Pedestrian?
No amount of money – whether $10 or $10 million – can enable the injured pedestrian to “travel back in time” and undo the injuries he or she sustained in the pedestrian collision. That is not the purpose of monetary damages awards – instead, monetary damages are meant to help injured pedestrians deal with the financial expenses and costs that they are faced with following a pedestrian collision, such as:
- Costs associated with obtaining emergency and ongoing medical treatment. This includes the expenses of emergency room admissions, hospital stays, follow-up doctors’ visits, costs associated with physical, occupational, or other rehabilitative therapy, and/or the cost of prescription drugs and/or wheelchairs, crutches, and assistive devices at home like ramps;
- This includes pay that the injured pedestrian missed out on while recovering from the immediate effects of the pedestrian collision as well as future wages that the injured pedestrian would have earned in the future. For example, if the injured pedestrian was employed in a very physically-demanding job with a correspondingly-generous salary and as a result of his or her pedestrian collision injuries he or she must take a more sedentary job that pays less, the injured pedestrian may be able to recover the difference between the wages he or she would have earned and the wages he or she will earn because of the pedestrian accident;
- Any costs associated with receiving help in the home, whether the injured pedestrian needs a housekeeper to assist with tasks around the home or a medical assistant who helps the injured pedestrian take medicines or therapy on a regular schedule; and/or
- Compensation that acknowledges the mental, emotional, and physical strain that pain, limitations, disabilities, disfigurements, and other effects of the pedestrian collision can have.
Injured pedestrians in Kings County may be able to obtain money to pay for past and future expenses and costs related to healing and moving forward after a pedestrian collision. Doing so will require the pedestrian to file a lawsuit and present evidence and/or statements from eyewitnesses and others to show: (1) someone else – a driver, another pedestrian, a business – did something that can be considered careless or negligent; (2) that careless act or acts led to the pedestrian crash (or, at least, was the principal thing that led to the accident); and (3) that the losses and expenses for which the pedestrian is seeking compensation is related to what happened in the collision.
Injured pedestrians only have one opportunity to collect the compensation they will need for all of their expenses, so it is extremely helpful for them to partner with a knowledgeable law firm such as Parker Waichman LLP to ensure that they have the best possible opportunity to recover all of the compensation to which they may be entitled.
Why Should Kings County Pedestrians Choose Parker Waichman LLP to Handle Their Injury Case?
Having the right attorney or law firm in a pedestrian injury case can make the difference between a successful pedestrian injury lawsuit and an unsuccessful one; between recovering enough financial compensation to secure one’s future and being left with little or no compensation. Not only this, but having a professional legal team on one’s side means that that person is usually kept informed by the team as to the status of the person’s case, informed about potential settlement negotiations, and informed about when the lawsuit may be resolved. All of this can provide peace of mind to the injured pedestrian during a rather stressful time.
Parker Waichman LLP has been recognized in the Best Lawyers publication and received positive reviews from clients, fellow attorneys, and other members of the legal field. These honors reflect Parker Waichman LLP’s commitment to serving its clients with zeal and compassion: not only does the firm give each case considerable care and attention, but the clients are also treated with respect and dignity. The firm’s honors include an “8” out of 10 rating from Avvo.com as well as a “5 Dragons” rating from Lawdragon.com, two online attorney-ranking services. The firm is also proud of its “AV Preeminent” Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, which reflects the high esteem in which other lawyers and legal professionals hold Parker Waichman LLP.
Not only is Parker Waichman LLP committed to treating its clients as human beings with needs, questions, concerns, and hopes, the firm is also committed to making the recovery process as stress-free as possible. Specifically, our firm handles Kings County pedestrian accident cases on a contingency-fee payment schedule. Under a contingency-fee agreement, injured pedestrians are not required to deposit any money up front and will not be required to pay for their attorneys’ fees during the pendency of their cases. When our firm is able to successfully recover compensation, at that time our law firm will be paid for its work out of the total damages recovered. If we fail in obtaining compensation for the injured pedestrian, then the injured pedestrian is not responsible for any of the firm’s fees.
There is No Time to Waste After a Kings County Pedestrian Accident
Once a pedestrian collision happens in Kings County, time is of the essence. Waiting too long to file a lawsuit or seek compensation can result in a good case turning bad. Witnesses who may have been able to describe how the accident occurred may forget about the pedestrian collision or may move and be unavailable to give testimony in the case. Similarly, evidence like photographs, police reports, medical records, and witness statements may all be lost.
Moreover, New York law has a statute of limitations for pedestrian injury accidents of only three years. This means that any injured pedestrian (in Kings County or elsewhere) wanting to file a lawsuit for monetary damages following a pedestrian crash must do so within three years of the date of the pedestrian accident. The statute of limitations says that lawsuits not filed within this time period can be summarily dismissed. If this occurs, the pedestrian will receive no compensation at all. What is more, the pedestrian will never be able to recover any compensation in this situation. Because the statute of limitations is so important, injured Kings County pedestrians need to exercise care, be mindful of the three-year limitation, and take prompt legal action.
When to Contact a Kings County Pedestrian Accident Injury Attorney
The time to take action for your future and that of your family is now. If you or a loved one find yourself hurt because you were a pedestrian and a careless motorist struck you or otherwise hurt you, the law may give you a right to recover compensation. Contact Parker Waichman LLP at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) and take advantage of our firm’s free initial case consultation offer. We will meet with you to discuss your case with you, answering your questions and informing you about your next steps if you wish to pursue a lawsuit. Reach out to us online or by phone today.
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