Prospect Heights Car Accident Lawyer
In densely populated areas filled with motor vehicles, car accidents are going to happen more often. There are few areas in the nation more densely populated and full of cars and trucks than Brooklyn. If you were seriously injured in a car accident in Brooklyn because of another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other losses relating to the collision.
A personal injury lawyer at Douglas and London protects your rights while holding those responsible for your injuries accountable. While the overwhelming majority of cases are settled, if going to trial is necessary, we will do so.
Car accident causes
Car accidents result from various causes, but in New York, the most common reasons include speeding and distracted driving. While driving under the influence is still a major factor in car accidents, more and more accidents are happening because drivers are texting or reading cellphone messages when they should pay attention to the road.
In Brooklyn, where stop and go driving is the norm in many places, drivers are even more likely to use cellphones during the “stop” phase and keep doing so once traffic starts moving. That often means running stop signs or ignoring traffic signals, speeding to catch up with traffic, or other preventable actions. The end result is an increase in rear-ending and other accidents, including cars hitting cyclists or pedestrians.
Car accident liability
While New York is a no-fault state when it comes to car insurance, a seriously injured person may file a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent or reckless driver. Such negligence may include the driver failing to maintain his or her vehicle in safe condition if the collision results from brake failure, worn-out tires, or other problems resulting from poor maintenance. It is also possible that the vehicle’s parts failed due to a design or manufacturing defect, in which case the manufacturer may prove liable.
That is why is it imperative to obtain legal counsel after any sort of motor vehicle accident. Even if the injured party thinks they were partly at fault, a thorough investigation may show that you are still eligible for compensation.
Car accident damages
In New York, car accident victims with severe injuries may pursue a lawsuit for damages exceeding the amount covered by insurance. Such injuries involve:
- Limitations to the use of bodily functions or systems
- At least 90 days of full disability
- Significant disfigurement
Compensation may include:
- Medical expenses, current and future
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
Unlike many states, New York does not impose caps on damages awards.
Contact a Prospect Heights car accident lawyer
If you have been seriously injured by a negligent motorist, a Prospect Heights car accident lawyer at Douglas and London can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve. Complete our online form to arrange a free consultation or call us 24/7. We serve English and Spanish-speaking clients. In the past two decades, our dedicated lawyers have recovered $4 billion for their personal injury clients in settlements and verdicts. There is never a fee unless we win since we work on a contingency basis.