The skilled attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP advocate for victims of car accidents in Brooklyn to secure adequate compensation for severe injuries. Car accidents are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in Brooklyn, according to the New York State Department of Health. In Brooklyn/ Kings County, approximately seven people die in traffic-related crashes every single week. In addition, almost 50 people are hospitalized, and nearly 700 people are treated in emergency departments every week for automobile accident injuries in Brooklyn/Kings County.
Many of these accidents occur in the same areas, some of which you might be very familiar with if you live or work in Brooklyn. According to data from accident reports, the following Brooklyn roads and intersections are among the most dangerous (in terms of the annual number of car accidents):
- Flatbush Avenue
- Ocean Parkway
- Atlantic Avenue
- Avenue J
- Bedford Avenue
- Eastern Parkway
- Kings Highway
- Utica Avenue
- Neptune Avenue
- Intersection of Tillary Street and Flatbush Avenue
- Intersection Atlantic Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue
- Intersection of Erksine Street and Seaview Avenue
- Intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Conduit Boulevard
- Intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard
These streets and intersections are the sites of numerous accidents because of issues like high rates of speed, heavy traffic, poor visibility, poor engineering, and lack of traffic signs/signals. Among them, the intersection of Tillary and Flatbush has been named the most dangerous intersection in the entire state of New York by at least one study.
Parker Waichman represents people who have been injured in accidents on these roads and all across Brooklyn to ensure they receive the compensation they need to cover medical bills, make up for lost wages, and take care of their families. If you were involved in a car accident in Brooklyn and suffered injuries, contact Parker Waichman’s experienced attorneys today for a free case consultation.
Causes of Brooklyn Car Accidents
Even on roads that are considered dangerous in their own right, most car accidents in Brooklyn are caused by driver negligence. Driver carelessness accounts for the vast majority of collisions in the area, which can be exacerbated by aspects of roads or intersections that already make them prone to accidents.
In our experience litigating Brooklyn car accident cases, we have represented people injured because of the following types of careless and hazardous driving behavior:
Driving Under the Influence
Drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol are an extreme danger to others on the road. Because of impaired judgment, motor skills, and reaction time, they can easily cause an accident that leaves someone severely injured. In Brooklyn drunk driving accidents, victims are statistically more likely to have serious injuries than victims of other types of accidents. These injuries will often require extensive hospital treatment and costly medical bills.
Distracted driving has quickly risen to the top of car accident causes because of the prevalence of cell phone use while driving. People who use their cell phones while driving cause a high number of accidents in Brooklyn. Often people do not understand how much time it takes to read a text message or reply to an email or the distance they travel while their eyes are on their phones. Distracted driving can also include things like reading, eating, looking at a map or navigation, changing the radio station, and talking with passengers in the car.
Newer studies show that drowsy driving causes more accidents than people tend to think. A driver can be unsafe behind the wheel after losing only a few hours of sleep in one night. The risk of falling asleep while driving and causing a serious accident are even higher after multiple nights of poor sleep. And even if a driver does not fall completely asleep, drivers who are overly tired are less attentive and more likely to drive carelessly.
Reckless driving can include things like weaving in and out of traffic, speeding, changing lanes without looking, passing cars on the shoulder, running red lights, etc. These types of dangerous behavior are bound to cause accidents, and the resulting injuries can be extremely serious. Reckless drivers rarely have a viable defense for their actions; They are usually just trying to get where they’re going faster at the expense of other people’s safety.
Traffic Law Violations
Failure to pay attention to or obey traffic laws (including stoplights and traffic signs) can result in accidents with other motorists. Sometimes, violations of traffic laws will occur because a driver is engaging in another hazardous type of action, like texting and driving. If your eyes are not on the road, or you’re driving while impaired, you can miss red lights, yield signs, etc.
Whether you suffered injuries in an accident with a negligent driver – on or off of Brooklyn’s more dangerous roads – contact Parker Waichman LLP today. Our lawyers will investigate your potential legal claims to uncover what caused the accident and determine the best options for you moving forward. We can begin reviewing your claims today with one simple call to our firm or with the completion of an online contact form on our website.
Contact Parker Waichman LLP
Parker Waichman LLP has secured more than $2 billion in compensation for our clients, and we approach each case with a drive to help injured people. We recognize how dramatically people’s lives can change following a car accident, and we are committed to obtaining valuable results for Brooklyn families.
We offer free consultations with no risks and no pressure. Our lawyers do not work on retainers and never send bills to clients, so you never need to worry about owing money up front or being stuck with large litigation costs.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a traffic accident in Brooklyn, New York, contact our law firm for your free consultation by filling out our online form or by calling 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
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