Brooklyn Car Accident Lawyer
There’s no doubt that, as harrowing as they are, car accidents are standard occurrences throughout the country, including on the hectic streets of Brooklyn.
If a car accident injured you or took the life of a loved one in Brooklyn, here’s why you want to call the Brooklyn personal injury lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP.
Who We Are
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP we’ve worked for decades to establish our firm as a trusted partner for victims of Brooklyn car accidents. During that time, we’ve helped countless injured car accident victims like you—and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients.
If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident, you deserve more than just compensation: you deserve a legal representative who will empower and embolden you throughout the legal process. That’s why our team works with clients to build strong cases and fight for justice.
What Compensation Can You Recover?
This is probably the most-asked question any car accident lawyer gets from prospective clients.
Take any discussion of recoverable damages or case worth with a grain of salt. Nobody can tell you—let alone over the internet and without intimate knowledge of your case—how much compensation you will be awarded.
There is, at least, a consistent group of damages that many accident victims are consistently awarded. Those who work within the legal system understand the tremendous loss that you may face as a result of the accident. In fact, it’s publicized that car accidents bring about as much as $1 trillion in lost productivity and life each year.
Car accident victims maintain the right to pursue compensation for a wide variety of damages. Some of the most notable and common amongst these include:
- Medical bills that have been incurred due to the accident. This encompasses past, present, and future medical bills. Many victims do not understand how broad-reaching the “medical bill” umbrella really is. Things like emergency transport from the scene of the accident and other similar costs may all be recoverable
- Pain and suffering and mental anguish that the victim has suffered due to the accident. This compensation is meant to ease the burden of emotional and physical pain experienced as a result of the car accident
- Lost wages or diminished earning potential that a victim must grapple with if their injuries or experience render them unable to work
- Permanent scarring, disfigurement, loss of a bodily function, etc.
Should I Talk to the Insurance Company?
No. Most insurance companies manage to contact car accident victims far sooner than they ever should. It is not uncommon for unknowing accident victims to speak with insurance companies. As long as you have not accepted a settlement offer, however, it is never too late to secure counsel before speaking with an insurer.
The best course of action always involves consulting a qualified and experienced legal professional before engaging in conversation with insurance agents or adjusters. Not only will a lawyer be able to give you a high-level understanding of your case and your own position in it, but he or she can also negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.
One thing that many car accident victims forget in the shuffle that follows a crash is their own responsibility to their own insurance company. You are under a legal obligation to tell your insurance company that you were involved in a crash. Even if you were not at fault, the insurance company must remain updated. An experienced car accident attorney will guide you through this process.
How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you can find a trustworthy and experienced car accident attorney to help you pursue your case, you could greatly increase your chances of success. The legal system is not built to accommodate the average citizen. It’s a tangled web of laws and regulations that legal professionals study for years on end to understand. If you’ve been left confused and uncertain after a car accident, you’re not alone.
Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, offers car accident victims legal representation services designed to pursue and achieve justice. Each potential client may take advantage of a free initial evaluation to determine whether our team will make the right fit for their case. Once you establish a partnership, your personal injury attorney will work with you to document evidence and build a case.
If you or a loved one have sustained injuries during a car accident, contact our offices today. Our friendly and knowledgeable representatives are always ready to help curious potential clients.
The Settlement Process
Many car accident victims wish to pursue settlements for the damages caused during their experiences. This process begins with an initial police report which should, ideally, be filed with the officer that responds to the scene of the crash. You can ask the responding officer for the report number.
Some victims aren’t sure of whether they should file a case immediately after an accident. This is perfectly normal—and police and the legal system have already accounted for it. You can phone the police right after an accident to report its occurrence; or, you can even file a self-report on the web within ten days of the accident.
Once you’ve reported the accident and received appropriate medical treatment, your next step should revolve around finding an attorney. You’ll need to select a trustworthy and knowledgeable individual who demonstrates compassion for your experiences. Look for a firm that collects payments on a contingent-fee basis; that means that if your case doesn’t win or settle, you won’t pay for the attorney services provided.
If the police report, your medical health, and your attorney selection are all in order, all that’s left is to file a claim. Your car accident lawyer will help you with this process. Usually, you’ll need to provide a hefty set of documentation to prove your injuries and the defendant’s negligence. This may include medical bills, photos of the scene, and so on.
Your Personal Health and Safety Are First Priority
After a car accident, victims should ensure their own personal wellbeing before concerning themselves with the legal process. The statute of limitations allows time for accident victims to pursue justice—worry about your health and ensure your injuries have been addressed before you think twice about anything else.
It can feel tough to place yourself at the forefront of the predicament—especially if others were injured, too—but think of the age-old advice we hear in airplane safety drills: We need to help ourselves before we help others. You will not be able to fully dedicate your efforts to your case or to others’ healing if you still need help yourself.
Victims’ first step after any accident should always be to seek medical attention. Severe crashes often involve immediate medical attention on-scene and sometimes even require transfer to a medical facility. If you were not treated on-site or soon after, however, visit your primary care physician. He or she will be able to perform a physical and confirm your health.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Most of us drive every day. How often do you consider the risks that you face on the road?
Did you know that an estimated 40,000 people died as a result of car accidents throughout one recent year? Not only is this figure 14 percent higher than it was four years previous, but eight separate states demonstrated increases of nearly 6 percent in annual car accident fatalities.
Some car accidents are easily traced to a critical cause. Some of these overlap. Speeding, for example, may qualify as reckless and aggressive driving. Aggressive driving itself is a form of reckless driving. Don’t worry too much about the specifics—once you have a lawyer to assist in handling your case, he or she will be able to shed some light on this part of the process.
We’ve outlined a handful of some of the most common causes of car accidents. Keep in mind that this list is not extensive. It does, however, provide a high-level oversight of the risks to watch for once you leave home.
According to the CDC, over 3,000 individuals died and another 391,000 were injured in one recent year as a result of distracted driving.
Many instances of distracted driving may not even seem problematic when they occur. How many of us have turned around to assist one of our children for a moment behind the wheel? Have you ever scarfed down a breakfast sandwich on the way to work? Seemingly banal practices like these are shining examples of distracted driving.
Poor Weather and/or Road Conditions
If the weather or roadway conditions are not conducive to safe driving, the likelihood of a car accident increases exponentially. Many areas throughout the country experience exceptionally poor weather conditions during some time of the year. Here in New York, we have to battle snowy winters and wet auxiliary seasons. Factors like these lead to numerous car accidents every year.
Aggressive or Reckless Driving
The key difference between aggressive and reckless driving really lies in the driver’s intent. Both actions pose an equal risk to others and can lead to immense injury (or even death). Common signs of either include speeding, erratic lane changes, and minimal concern for the rules of the road.
Distance yourself and your vehicle from motorists who appear aggressive or negligent on the road. Be on the lookout for drivers who look especially aggravated or who seem to be trying to cause trouble. Engaging with a dangerous driver poses a risk of angering or distracting them further.
Keep in mind that speeding, in particular, is linked to a significant number of traffic fatalities each year.This actually accounted for more than 25 percent of traffic deaths in one recent year alone.
Car Accident Injury Statistics in Brooklyn, NY
Types of Car Accidents
Most of us know that car accidents can occur in different ways. They range considerably in severity and involve a measure of luck, too. One victim may walk away from a “severe” crash unscathed while another suffers wrongful death due to a minor collision.
With that in mind, some of the most common car accidents include:
- Minor accidents
- Rear-end collisions | These collisions occur when the front of one vehicle hits the back of another vehicle. Usually, rear-end collisions take place at lower speeds in areas where drivers may brake and accelerate frequently. This is one reason why many of them end up being minor crashes. One of the most common causes of rear-end collisions is reckless driving behavior like texting while operating a vehicle.
- Low-speed collisions | This term refers to any collision that occurs at a low speed. These often occur in areas that are heavy with traffic and pedestrians. If you spend a lot of time driving in the neighborhoods or parking lots of Brooklyn, you may eventually end up involved in a low-speed collision.
- Single-vehicle collisions | These are exactly what they sound like. We all know somebody who’s run their car into a tree, pole, or another parked vehicle. These are all examples of single-vehicle collisions.
- Severe accidents
- Rear-end collisions | Yes—rear-end car accidents can be severe, too. If the front of somebody’s car slams into your fender and their vehicle was traveling at 90 miles per hour, you’re going to be involved in a severe accident. Victims of high-speed rear-end collisions are often totally unable to avoid a crash.
- T-bone collisions | Perhaps one of the most commonly referred to collision figurations, t-bone crashes involve one party driving directly into the side of somebody else’s vehicle. These accidents can prove fatal without as many exacerbating influences as others. This is because the front of one car often directly collides with a place where a driver or passenger is seated in the second vehicle
- Single-vehicle collisions | These are another example of a type of crash that can range in severity. Some single-vehicle collisions are actually quite severe. Depending on a driver’s surroundings, he or she may swerve to avoid one obstacle and end up hitting something much more dangerous.
If You Were in a Car Accident, Contact Jacoby & Meyers Today
Those who are curious to learn more about our legal representation services can contact us today to schedule a 100 percent free initial evaluation. We believe that potential clients deserve a base understanding of their case and the complexities surrounding it before agreeing to work with one of our attorneys. Contact us today or dial (877)-565-2993 to find out more and to begin the process of reclaiming your life following a car accident.
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“If it were not for the integral legal team of experts at Jacoby & Meyers I would not be where I am today with my recovery. I highly recommend hiring Jacoby & Meyers should you ever find yourself injured in an accident, and an individual or company needs to be held accountable for their negligence.” -C.J.
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