Tragedy struck this past Memorial Day weekend when a Brooklyn driver lost control of his car and struck a traffic median, then a light pole. He was pronounced dead at the scene; one passenger was rushed to Brookdale Hospital and the other, a 19-year-old woman suffering from leg and hip injuries, was deemed to be in stable condition by the police officers at the scene.
The officers at the scene report that there was no sign of criminal activity involved in this crash. No other details have been released about the accident.
New York City Car Accident Statistics
Collisions and other traffic accidents are a frequent reality in New York City and the rest of the United States. In 2014, a total of 269 people died in New York City car accidents, broken down below:
- 44% of fatality victims were pedestrians;
- 20% of fatality victims were bicyclists;
- 26% of fatality victims were drivers; and
- 9% of fatality victims were passengers.
Of these victims, 208 were adults, and 13 were children. Some victims’ names and ages are unknown.
Seeking Monetary Compensation for Injuries or a Death from an Auto Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident or you have recently lost a loved one to a car crash, you may be entitled to seek monetary compensation for any of the following damages:
- Medical bills;
- Funeral bills;
- Lost wages due to time spent out of work;
- The loss of the deceased’s projected lifetime salary and assets;
- The loss of the deceased’s non-monetary contributions to his or her household; and
- Auxiliary needs related to an injury, such as the need for a wheelchair or cane while recovering.
A wrongful death claim is a type of personal injury claim. In New York City, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim for injuries sustained in an auto accident is three years from the date of the accident. For a wrongful death claim, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the victim’s death. This means that once the appropriate time limit passes for your type of claim, you are no longer entitled to seek monetary compensation for your losses. This is why it is so important to begin working with an experienced auto accident attorney as soon as you can after your accident.
Brooklyn Auto Accident Attorney
To learn more about the personal injury claim process and determine whether you have grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death claim, contact our team of experienced Brooklyn auto accident attorneys at Peters Berger Koshel & Goldberg, P.C. When you call, you can schedule your free legal consultation and case evaluation with our firm and begin the process of seeking monetary compensation for your losses. When you are suffering from a significant injury or loss that you did not cause, you need to be proactive to ensure that all your needs are met. Partnering with a Brooklyn auto accident attorney will ensure your best chances at recovering just compensation for your injuries.