Here in Brooklyn, our news is constantly bombarded with stories about pedestrians who were hit by vehicles while trying to cross city streets. Just recently, we read a story about a pedestrian who was hit while crossing at the intersection of Bedford and Flushing Avenues. Emergency responders quickly came to the scene to tend to severe injuries before having the person transported to a local hospital in critical condition.
Sadly, this isn’t a rare occurrence and is all too common in our busy borough. If you are the victim of a pedestrian accident, you need Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum on your side as your pedestrian accident attorney.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Brooklyn
Speeding vehicles are a major cause of accidents involving pedestrians in Brooklyn. When cars are going faster than the speed limit, it increases the potential of a collision and puts pedestrians at higher risk.
The overall population in New York City is getting older, which means that many more senior citizens are out walking and crossing the streets every day. Some parts of Brooklyn, such as Bushwick, Crown Heights, and Brownsville see more pedestrian traffic than other neighborhoods. These are places where it is especially important to be vigilant on the road by ignoring distractions and keeping an eye out for people who are walking.
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident
Many pedestrians who are hit by cars go into shock and find it difficult to think clearly and rationally after an accident. But even if the accident seems minor at first, you should always call the police and have a police report filed. Wait for the police to arrive and avoid having any conversations with the other people at the scene. Never discuss who was at fault for the accident to protect your legal rights.
Based on the severity of your injuries, you may need to call 911 for immediate medical attention or ask someone else to call 911 for you. If your injuries are minor, you may feel comfortable transporting yourself to a clinic or doctor’s office. As soon as you are able, call your own insurance company to report the accident and also a pedestrian accident attorney to get advice on how to proceed.
Pursuing a Pedestrian Accident Case
Pedestrian accident attorneys understand personal injury laws, insurance laws, local statutes, and how the local court systems work. At the Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum, we will assess your pedestrian accident case to determine who is at fault, fight the insurance companies to get you the best compensation, and pursue every negligent party to correct the injustice that you suffered. The statute of limitations for pedestrian accident cases in New York is generally three years, which means that the clock is ticking down to file a claim from the moment the accident happens.
Your Local Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
If you’re looking for a local pedestrian accident lawyer to fight for your rights if you were hit by a vehicle, we can help. Our goal is to help secure settlement money to pay for your accident-related medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, nursing care, disability, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. We charge you no fee unless we are successful in proving your pedestrian accident case.
Call us today at 718-237-5586 or fill out our online contact form to stand up for your rights as an injured pedestrian.