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The sidewalks and crosswalks of Brooklyn and other parts of New York City are teeming with pedestrians. Unfortunately, they are at risk from aggressive and careless drivers whenever they cross or stand near the curb. For instance, in the four calendar years from 2013 through 2016, more than 13,000 pedestrians were injured and 142 were killed in accidents in Brooklyn alone. At Goldberg Sager & Associates, we understand the danger New York pedestrians face on a regular basis and have more than 50 years of combined experience representing them and their loved ones in lawsuits to seek damages caused by the negligence of motorists.
Pedestrian accidents can be caused by several different types of negligent driving, such as:
If you’ve been hit by a car while walking, we will investigate what caused your accident, determine who is at fault, develop a plan to prove what happened and bring claims for your damages against the liable parties and insurers.
Sometimes, the pedestrian can be partly at fault for their injury. They might have been crossing the street without using a crosswalk or not watching out for traffic. In that case, the jury can assign percentages of responsibility to both the pedestrian and the driver. The damages incurred by the plaintiff are reduced in proportion to the pedestrian’s share of fault. Even if the driver only bears a small share of blame, the pedestrian may still recover some damages. Nevertheless, we work to minimize our clients’ share of liability by demonstrating how the defendant caused the pedestrian injury.
Pedestrians can suffer many different kinds of serious harm when they’re hit by a vehicle, including:
If an injured pedestrian is covered by auto insurance, they might not be able to sue the driver unless they suffer a serious injury, and will instead need to seek compensation from their own insurance company. However, pedestrians who are not covered by auto insurance may sue the driver regardless of the seriousness of the injury. If we represent you, we will document your injuries and sue for all damages traceable to the accident.
Goldberg Sager & Associates represents pedestrian accident victims and other people who have been hurt in vehicle crashes. Please contact us online or call us at 718-514-9516 for a free consultation with an experienced Brooklyn personal injury attorney.