Pedestrians who are hit by motor vehicles often suffer serious and sometimes fatal injuries. The law requires drivers to yield to pedestrians, so negligent motorists can and should be held accountable. If you or a family member was harmed while crossing a street or walking, running, standing, etc., alongside a roadway, you should learn about your legal rights. At Zlotolow & Associates, our dedicated Brooklyn pedestrian accident lawyer has more than 20 years of experience successfully pursuing personal injury claims for victims of negligence and recklessness. We have made it our mission to hold at-fault drivers and evasive insurance companies accountable, and we will fight aggressively for the maximum compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation about your pedestrian accident claim. We pursue accident claims on a contingency fee basis, which means you won’t pay a fee unless we recover compensation for you.
If contacted promptly after a crash, our pedestrian accident attorneys in Brooklyn can move quickly to gather evidence and develop a strong legal claim for you. This may include documenting:
We will work to demonstrate how and why you were hit by a car or truck, and establish who should be held responsible for your accident and injuries. Armed with this evidence, our Brooklyn pedestrian accident lawyer will aggressively pursue a full and proper monetary settlement.
An insurance adjustor who offers a settlement soon after a serious accident is not taking into consideration your actual medical needs and costs. This initial offer is based on previous payouts for claims like yours and other statistics, including a range the insurance company believes you are likely to accept, like it or not.
You need experienced and independent legal help to identify all of your costs and losses related to the accident, both now and in the future. Depending on the circumstances of your case, our skilled legal team can help you demand payment for:
In cases involving catastrophic injury, our team consults with experts who develop life care plans with current and future care requirements and their costs. Future and ongoing medical needs may include anticipated surgical procedures, assistive devices (wheelchair, hospital bed, modified vehicles, etc.), home renovations to accommodate a wheelchair, and in-home nursing care or assistance.
We also work with actuaries and financial planners to project income losses due to disability that causes an inability to work for a living or diminished earning power. Depending on the client’s occupation, we may seek payment for lost salary and wages, the value of fringe benefits, anticipated raises, promotions, and/or other career advancements that would have been realized had the pedestrian accident not happened.
In addition to the driver in an accident, there may be third parties involved that may be liable to you. For example, the company that employed a truck driver who hit a pedestrian while on the job could be liable for their employee’s negligence. Under New York’s “dram shop” law, a business that sells alcohol to an underage driver (younger than 21) or to someone “visibly intoxicated” may be held liable if that customer later hits a pedestrian because of impairment.
Injuries in pedestrian accidents are often catastrophic. They may include one or more of the following:
It is crucial that you have a knowledgeable Brooklyn pedestrian accident attorney on your side who will fight for the full and fair compensation you need to recover. You should not face a lasting financial burden because of someone else’s negligence.
Contact a Brooklyn pedestrian accident lawyer at Zlotolow & Associates today to schedule a free consultation with our skilled legal team. We do not charge for legal services in pedestrian accident claims unless and until we recover compensation for you.