Born and Raised in Flatbush, Choose Us for Your Brooklyn Car Accident Lawyer
The last thing you want to think about when you suffer injuries in a Brooklyn car accident is hiring a lawyer. Your only concern is your health and well-being. But the choice of a lawyer is important. The right Brooklyn car accident lawyer can help you resolve insurance issues and provide answers to your questions about the legal process.
Attorney Brian J. O’Connor was born and raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn and knows that the borough is home to some of the most dangerous roads and intersections in New York City, including Flatbush Avenue and Tillary Street, Atlantic Avenue and Bedford Avenue, and Jay Street and Myrtle Avenue.
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident in Brooklyn due to someone else’s negligence, give us a call today and let us help you recover everything you deserve. In addition to your injuries, you may be overwhelmed with medical appointments, insurance company phone calls and filling out paperwork. Our accident attorneys will take on the burden of dealing with the insurance company and medical billing departments so that you can focus on your recovery.
Automobile Accident Cases We Handle in Brooklyn
We help injured New Yorkers who have suffered injuries due to the carelessness of others in all of the following types of accidents:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bus accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Uber or Lyft accidents
- Taxi accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
Your ability to recover maximum compensation for your injuries depends on your understanding of your legal rights after an accident. At The O’Connor Law Firm, we pride ourselves in educating injured New Yorkers about their specific type of accident so that they can make informed decisions. Contact us today at 718-948-3500 and let us help you understand your rights. All initial consultations with a Brooklyn car accident lawyer are free.
Brooklyn Car Accident Statistics
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there are about three million people injured in auto accidents every year with more than 100 deaths per day. A review of recent data provided by the New York City Police Department indicates that there were 7,437 motor vehicle collisions in New York City in January 2021 with more than 2,400 collisions in Brooklyn alone.
A breakdown of the vehicle collision in Brooklyn for January 2021 is as follows:
Brooklyn Vehicle Collisions for January 2021
|Injury or fatal collisions||743|
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Brooklyn
Many car accidents in Brooklyn are caused by speeding or distracted driving on roads like the Belt Parkway, Gowanus Expressway as well as local streets, including Kings Highway, Ocean Parkway, Avenue U, and 4th Avenue. Car accidents happen for various reasons. Human error is the source of many accidents. In fact, human error causes 94% of all car accidents.
According to the most recent Motor Vehicle Collision Report from the New York City Police Department, the following factors were the most common contributing causes to vehicle accidents and injuries in January 2021 in Brooklyn:
- Driver inattention/distraction
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Following too closely
- Passing too closely
- Unsafe speed
- Backing up unsafely
- Improper passing or lane usage
- Disregarded traffic controls
- Alcohol involvement
- Turning improperly
- Driver inexperience
- Unsafe lane change
- Aggressive driving/road rage
If you have been injured in a vehicle accident in Brooklyn, it is important to get the information you need early so that you can protect your rights before the insurance company attempts to take advantage of your situation.
A Brooklyn car accident lawyer at The O’Connor Law Firm can help you deal with the insurance company and fight to get you the full and fair compensation you deserve. Call us today at 718-948-3500 and we will gladly answer your questions or schedule a free case evaluation by filling out our contact form below.
Steps to Take After a Brooklyn Car Accident
Whether you have suffered injuries on some of Brooklyn’s most dangerous roads like Jay Street or Atlantic Avenue, or you were injured on a side street or alley, you deserve justice. To help you get there, you should follow these steps after a car crash in Brooklyn.
Even if the accident or your injuries were minor, calling 911 sends the police to the scene. The police will speak with witnesses and with both drivers. They will compile their information in a police report. This report may not assign fault, but it will help your legal representative hold the negligent party responsible for your accident and injuries.
Seek Medical Attention
If your injuries are severe, calling 911 will allow emergency medical personnel the opportunity to evaluate you. They may determine that you need additional care and will take you to the hospital. Even after your initial review, see your regular doctor. No one knows you better and they will be able to help you chart a course for recovery. Additionally, their notes about how your injuries have affected your life will also be helpful in your personal injury claim.
Take Pictures and Speak with Witnesses
We all carry our phones with us wherever we go. Make sure you use that technology to take pictures and videos of the accident scene, your injuries, as well as any damage to the vehicles involved. You also want to speak with witnesses. Many witnesses will not wait around for the police to arrive, so you at least want to get their contact information. Your legal team will want to speak with any witnesses to your accident, as they can often shed light on important facts about the seconds leading up to your crash.
Keep a Journal
Over time, you will not remember every obstacle and hurdle you faced on your road to recovery. But this is important information and can help show what you had to endure to get back to your regular life. These details may be able to increase the amount of compensation you receive for your injuries.
New York’s No-Fault Law
New York is a no-fault insurance state. This means that even if someone else caused your accident, your insurance company may cover your expenses.
However, it is common that serious car accidents result in medical expenses vastly exceeding your own policy limits. But that does not mean you are out of luck. In order to get every dollar you deserve from the negligent driver, you will need to speak to an experienced Brooklyn car accident injury lawyer right away.
How a Brooklyn Car Accident Attorney Can Help You
If you’ve been seriously injured in a car accident in Brooklyn, you may soon face obstacles in addition to the physical pain and recovery process as financial difficulties often arise from being out of work as a result of your injuries. With experience in helping car accident victims like you, we may look to get you the full and fair compensation you deserve, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Present and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
It’s important to remember that most of your expenses may come in the future. So do not think that all you need is to cover the medical bills sitting on your kitchen table. You may need much, much more than that.
A skilled Brooklyn car accident lawyer can help you achieve your goal of getting back to your regular life. We are ready to be the legal advocate you deserve. Contact us today at 718-948-3500 today and let us help you get the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose The O’Connor Law Firm for Your Brooklyn Car Accident Case
The accident lawyer you choose can make a difference in your Brooklyn car accident claim. Not all lawyers are created equal. Furthermore, not all lawyers have the resources to take on complex personal injury claims. You deserve a lawyer at your side who has proven experience helping other car accident injury victims recover every dollar they deserve.
We will thoroughly investigate the accident to determine all responsible parties and obtain all necessary evidence. Our work often involves hiring private investigators and accident reconstruction experts to assist in preparing your case for trial. We believe in keeping you informed every step of the way and make sure all your questions are answered in a timely fashion.
At The O’Connor Law Firm, all we do is personal injury law. With over 20 years of experience focused entirely on helping injury victims recover, we are the compassionate and aggressive personal injury legal representation you deserve. Our client reviews illustrate how we believe client should be treated and our verdicts and settlements are examples of our success. Call us today or fill out our contact form below and let us show you how we can help you get your life back on track.