If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident caused by someone else, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, car repairs or replacement, pain and suffering, and other losses.
In many cases, obtaining all of the compensation you deserve after being injured in a car crash requires filing a personal injury claim. Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, can work with you to obtain justice if you or a family member of yours has been seriously injured because of someone else’s careless or recklessness. Our car accident lawyer has helped clients in Binghamton and throughout New York, and We Will Fight For You!
Contact us today for a free review of your case. Call our 24-hour answering service at (607) 724-7700 or submit our online contact form.
Justice for New York Car Accident Victims
A personal injury lawsuit after a car accident in New York must clearly show how the other driver was to blame for your injuries and how his or her actions directly contributed to the harm you suffered.
New York State accident data compiled by the DMV show that in 2011 there were 307,550 car crashes in New York during the year, including 4,196 in Broome County (Binghamton). Nineteen people in Broome County were killed in car accidents in 2011, and 1,634 were injured.
The DMV lists the contributing factors cited by police in 3,686 Broome County car accidents in 2011 (87.8 percent of all accidents). From most frequent to less frequent they were:
- Driver inattention / distraction.
- Following too closely.
- Passing / lane violations.
- Failure to yield right-of-way.
- Unsafe speed.
- Traffic control disregard (running red light, stop sign, etc.).
- Backing unsafely.
- Alcohol involvement.
- Failure to keep right.
- Turning improperly.
- Driver inexperience.
In addition to showing that the other driver was to blame for your injuries, a claim for compensation beyond financial losses, such as for pain and suffering or wrongful death, must meet what’s known as the “serious injury threshold.”
According to New York state law, conditions for a serious injury in a car accident must include one of the following:
- Dismemberment (loss of limbs).
- Significant disfigurement.
- Fracture (broken bone).
- Loss of a fetus.
- Permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function or system.
- Permanent consequential limitation of use of a body organ or member.
- Significant limitation of use of a body function or system.
- A medically determined injury or impairment of a non-permanent nature that prevents the injured person from performing all of the material acts that constitute such person’s usual and customary daily activities for not less than 90 days during the 180 days immediately following the occurrence of the injury or impairment.
Even when the other driver has been charged with a traffic violation and your injury meets the state’s legal definition of “serious,” successfully resolving your claim for damages requires detailed preparation and research.
The car accident lawyers of Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, work with accident reconstruction and economic experts to help prepare convincing cases that show what happened and how much compensation our client deserves. Once an offer is presented, we will also help you decide whether to settle a case and get on with your life or to fight further – but that is always your decision.
Developing a legal claim can be a lengthy process, and New York law imposes deadlines for legal actions after a car accident, so it is best to get started as soon as possible.
There is no fee to have an experienced Binghamton car accident lawyer from Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, review your case and explain the legal options available to you. Every case is different, and we cannot guarantee an outcome, but experience counts, and we have the successful record and commitment to obtain maximum compensation for you.
Contact Our Binghamton Car Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in a car accident in Binghamton or anywhere in New York, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, today for a free review of your case. You may be eligible for compensation to help you with medical expenses, property damage and other losses.
Call our 24-hour answering service at (607) 724-7700 or submit our online contact form today.
- Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research – Broome County Traffic Safety Data
- Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research – New York State Traffic Safety Data