Insurance companies are cracking down on “rate jumpers,” raising awareness about where accidents in the City are more common. According to Nerd Wallet, Kings County (Brooklyn) has the highest rates in New York City overall, with an average annual car insurance rate of $3,550.47. The next highest insurance and accident rates are The Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan. That’s why is so important for New Yorker’s to know both how to avoid accidents and what to do if they happen.
How to Avoid Accidents in New York City
Any experienced NYC Construction Accident Attorney knows that most injuries to people adjacent to construction sites could have been avoided. People are curious about construction sites, failing to use common sense to avoid injuries. Of course, the construction site can be sued for failing to provide proper warnings or rubble that strays onto the streets, but avoiding the accident in the first place is a much better strategy. For example, if you see a construction site, and it’s possible to walk on the other side of the street, that’s a much better choice. Smart New Yorkers wear comfortable rubber soled shoes when they are trekking the often uneven pavements of the City’s sidewalks and roadways, as the incidence of falls on New York City streets is very high. When driving in New York City, it’s important to use defensive driving techniques as there are many aggressive drivers on the road that are not following the rules. Every Brooklyn car accident attorney can tell many sad stories about truck, motorcycle, bus and taxi drivers that break the rules, causing serious injuries to their clients.
What To Do After A New York City Accident
- Report the Accident: Whether it’s a construction accident, slip and fall, car crash or some other type of accident, it’s crucial that you report the accident to the proper authorities. For traffic accidents, always wait for the police to arrive and make a report. Slip and fall or construction accidents do not always have to be reported to the police, but if the representatives on the scene will not take your report and give you a copy as proof of reporting the accident, the police should be called.
- Gather Evidence: Take as many photos and videos of the scene as possible, to show what caused the accident and as proof that it occurred. Speak to as many people at the scene as possible, trying to get phone numbers for witnesses. It can also be helpful to record videos of people’s statements at the scene of the accident.
- HIre a Reputable Attorney: The City is crawling with “runners” that try to take you to the NYC Construction Accident Lawyer or Brooklyn Car Accident Attorney that employs them, or the “therapy place” that’s giving them a kickback. This is just about the worst way possible to find good quality legal representation or medical care. You can hire any attorney you’d like, so why not go with a firm that’s been in business for generations, serving satisfied clients that refer their family and friends? Wittenstein & Wittenstein has been serving Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and Long Island for over 60, offering a free consultation and free parking. Call 718-261-8114 for an appointment.