Verrazano Accident Lawyers Handling Claims in Brooklyn
Drivers on Brooklyn roads know all too well how often accidents occur. Rarely a day goes by without a backup on the BQE or because of a truck crash or an accident (or two or three) on the Belt Parkway.
The Verrazano Bridge is also one of those places in Brooklyn where accidents occur frequently.
With over 200,000 cars and trucks using the bridge daily, this should not be a surprise. If you suffered an injury in an accident on the Verrazano Bridge, the Law Office of Irene H. Gabo, PC, can help you pursue damages against whoever is responsible.
Negligence is usually the cause of most motor vehicle accidents in Brooklyn, and our lawyers know what it takes to prove a negligence claim. Call the Law Office of Irene H. Gabo, P.C. today to find out how we can help you collect the compensation you deserve after your accident on the Verrazano Bridge.
How Often do People Crash on the Verrazano Bridge?
In February 2021 alone, there were 17 collisions on the Brooklyn side of the Verrazano Bridge, which connects Brooklyn with Staten Island. There were approximately 25 motor vehicle accidents on the Staten Island side. The accidents occurred on both the upper and lower levels of the bridge, which is less than 1 mile long.
Even with fewer drivers on the road because of the pandemic, these numbers indicate there are hundreds of accidents on the Verrazano Bridge annually. The numbers will likely increase as pandemic restrictions ease, and more people are out and about. We can expect even more accidents going forward caused by “rusty” drivers who haven’t driven in months (or a year).
How Do Accidents Occur on the Verrazano Bridge?
When you have congestion, there are bound to be accidents. When you have passenger cars driving alongside large commercial trucks, there are likely to be serious crashes. And when you have a fairly narrow roadway with little room to maneuver away from potentially dangerous situations, crashes might be inevitable. Now, combine all of these factors, and you have the Verrazano Bridge.
The Verrazano is a main thoroughfare for hundreds of thousands of commuters, truckers, and buses that cross the bridge every single day. It is the busiest bridge in New York State. It is also one of the oldest and perhaps ill-equipped to handle so much traffic.
Factors that might contribute to accidents on the Verrazano include:
- Driving while distracted
- High winds
- Driving while tired
- Defective brakes
- Hazardous road conditions
- Disobeying traffic rules and laws
- Failing to signal when changing lanes
- Defective windshield wipers
- Construction work
- Failing to check blind spots
- Dangerous weather conditions
- Driving under the influence
- Texting while driving
- Defective tires
- Defective steering column
- Debris in the road
These factors can contribute to all types of motor vehicle accidents involving trucks, cars, and motorcycles. Rear-end crashes, rollover crashes, side-swipes, and jackknifes are just some of the accidents we see on the Verrazano.
What Types of Injuries Occur in Accidents on the Verrazano Bridge?
Like all motor vehicle accidents, those that occur on the Verrazano can result in various injuries ranging from minor to severe and even life-threatening. Sometimes, injuries are fatal. Depending on factors like speed, seat belts, and the types of vehicles involved in the accidents, injuries can include:
- Broken bones such as ribs, the pelvis, neck, and legs
- Facial injuries to the nose, eyes, and mouth
- Damage to internal organs like lungs, spleen, and liver
- Amputation of limbs
- Partial or total paralysis
- Brain damage
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Injuries to the neck and back
If you were in an accident on the upper or lower level of the Verrazano bridge, and your injuries are severe, you might need ongoing medical treatment. Surgery, physical therapy, assistive devices, home health care, and medications can get expensive quickly. If you must miss work to recover from your injuries, it can make even basic household expenses difficult to manage. How will you pay your mounting bills? How will you care for yourself and your family?
These questions are exactly what insurance companies use to try to convince you to settle your accident claim for less than it is worth and less than you are entitled to. You don’t have to succumb to the pressure and accept a low-ball settlement.
Call our Verrazano Bridge accident lawyers at the Law Office of Irene H. Gabo, P.C., instead. Let us help you collect the maximum amount of compensation allowed by law. Whether you want to settle your claim out of court or proceed with litigation, call us to formulate a plan to ensure you get all of the compensation to which you are entitled.
What Damages Can I Receive After My Accident on the Verrazano Bridge?
In addition to recovering your medical expenses associated with your injury, you might also be entitled to collect:
- Future medical expenses related to your injury
- Lost wages
- Lost future wages and income
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
It is not possible to know exactly how much you can receive in damages after being injured in a Verrazano Bridge accident. Every case is different. We can help you collect the maximum amount allowed by law under the circumstances of your accident.
Who Might Be Held Liable for Your Verrazano Bridge Accident?
When negligence causes an accident and injuries, the negligent party can be legally responsible for paying the victim for injuries suffered. Negligence means someone who owed a duty of care, did not exercise it, or violated the standard of care required by law. For example, drivers have to drive in a way that keeps other motorists reasonably safe. If someone drives 80 mph in a 30- mph zone, causing an accident and multiple injuries, that driver might be held negligent and liable for the victim’s injuries.
Who might be held liable in a motor vehicle accident on the Verrazano?
- The driver of a car, truck, bus, or motorcycle
- The employer of a driver
- A construction worker or business owner
- A municipality or state agency
- A non-driver owner of a vehicle
- The manufacturer of a defective car or truck part
- A bar owner that served alcohol to a drunk driver
At the Law Office of Irene H. Gabo, P.C., know where to look for negligence and how to prove it. We have the resources, skills, and experience to ask the right questions and determine who caused your accident and injuries.
Contact Our Lawyers Today to Protect Your Legal Rights
The statute of limitations sets time limits to file motor vehicle accident claims. Time may be of the essence. We do not know how much time you have until we speak with you and learn the details of your case.
Call the Law Office of Irene H. Gabo, PC, today to find out if you are entitled to file a claim for damages after your Verrazano Bridge accident. Schedule a free case evaluation by calling our Brooklyn accident lawyers today at 800-560-0214.