- Pedestrian accidents/auto
- Mass transit
- Drunk Driving
New York has some of the most congested and treacherous roads in America. Whether you are navigating the streets of our cities or driving on rural roads, you will be faced with hazards and aggressive drivers rushing to and from locations. In the best situations, a car will take most of the damage, leaving the passengers free from serious injury as cars are intended to do. In other situations, the crash is so severe that the occupants suffer from serious injuries, some of which can be devastating. Some injuries can include concussion, spinal cord injury, dismemberment, bone fractures, and more. Serious injuries can burden you with overwhelming medical bills, lost wages, impacted employment, and a devastated quality of life. Some injuries can stay dormant for years before impact the life of a victim. If you were seriously injured in a collision caused by the negligence of another driver, you need to talk to an attorney. You may be entitled to damages not covered by the insurance.
Immediately after an accident, our insurance will cover our medical bills and lost wages to an extent. In New York, drivers pay for “no-fault” insurance, or personal injury protection (PIP) to ensure that we can seek medical attention after an accident without the worry that we will amass overwhelming medical bills or suffer from a devastating loss of wages. If you are injured in a car accident, you can feel comforted by that fact. When a car crash injury goes beyond the coverage of PIP, you may need to consider your legal options.
If your injuries surpass the protection offered under PIP, you may have to explore your legal options. If you are seriously injured because of the negligence of another driver, you may need to bring a lawsuit to cover the impact on your future. Some examples of negligence in a motor vehicle crash include:
- Unlawful turns
- Careless lane changes
- Electronic device use
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Drowsy driving
AFTER AN ACCIDENT
It can be scary to be involved in a car accident. If you can, it is best to contact emergency services so a police officer and an ambulance can be dispatched to the scene. The police will be able to begin documenting the accident, which can be essential in fulfilling the burden of proof. They will be able to assess what happened to cause the accident and assign blame to the negligent party. Additionally, if you seek treatment from a medical professional at the scene of the accident, they will be able to start documenting your injuries, which is another essential step in your personal injury case. Be sure to seek medical attention even if you feel uninjured because there may be hidden conditions that will only get worse without treatment. If you wait a long time before seeking treatment, it can be harder for you to show that your injuries were the direct result of your accident. Obtaining this information from official sources can make a big difference in the efficiency and outcome of your case later on.
COMPENSATION AFTER AN ACCIDENT
You may be able to recover damages if you were seriously injured by the negligence of another driver. You also may be entitled to economic and non-economic damages, depending on the situation. Economic damages include wage loss, unpaid medical bills, property damage, and more. Economic loss will often be a factor in a personal injury lawsuit. Non-economic damages are a more complicated matter. If you can establish “pain and suffering” caused by the accident, you could recover monetary compensation based on how the accident impacted your quality of life, including how the experience affected you and how your life was changed because of the collision.