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A car accident can change a life in the blink of an eye. Even a minor fender-bender can cause serious physical and financial injuries. You may face months of pain and suffering, lost wages, and loss of future earnings.
Do you know how will you cover those expenses? We can help. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, a personal injury attorney from our firm can take action on your behalf. We level the playing field when dealing with insurance companies.
Attorney Scott C. Gottlieb, our firm’s founder, has a reputation for achieving positive outcomes in personal injury cases. We take cases on a contingency fee basis. Therefore, you owe no legal fees unless we are successful in recovering compensation for you.
Why Did It Happen? Causes of New York Car Accidents
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reported 294,757 traffic accidents in one recent year. Of those accidents, 1,082 involved fatalities, and 123,296 involved personal injuries. In those accidents, 1,163 persons lost their lives; about one-half of those killed were drivers (612), one-fourth were pedestrians (312). Also, 194 passengers and 45 bicyclists were killed as a result of these accidents, as reported by the New York DMV.
Most New York car accidents occur due to the negligence of one or more drivers. The most common causes of car accidents include:
Driver distraction: In one recent year, more than 3,100 people were killed across the nation in distracted driving crashes. In 2013, driver distraction was a factor in 49,781 accidents in New York, leaving 25,098 persons with injuries and causing 127 fatalities. Teens are especially susceptible to distracted driving, be sure to talk with them about the dangers of distracted driving often.
5 Steps to Take After a Binghamton Car Accident
Understandably, a car accident leaves those involved shocked and confused, and often injured victims are unsure where to turn for help. It is vitally important that a car accident lawyer gets involved as early as possible to avoid running into trouble later. If you have been involved in an accident, follow these five tips.
After the accident, and as soon as possible, make sure you contact a qualified personal injury lawyer who focuses on car accident cases. New York laws regarding car accidents can be complicated. You deserve to be represented by a true legal professional, who will protect your rights and pursue the level of financial compensation you deserve. Contact Scott C. Gottlieb for a free consultation today. And remember, we never charge a fee to our personal injury clients unless we recover money for them.
New York Car Accident Insurance Settlements New York State law requires motorists to carry liability insurance of at least $25,000 for bodily injury to one person, $50,000 for bodily injury to all persons, and $10,000 for property damage in any one accident. The state also requires mandatory “no-fault” coverage of $50,000.
New York may be a “no-fault” state, but that does not make getting benefits any easier. Do you know what to do if your expenses exceed the $50,000 available under the no-fault limits? Do you know which parties you can sue if you have serious injuries from your car crash?
The damages should reflect all of your losses, both physically and emotionally. There are two types of losses, termed economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include the costs of medical care and treatment, rehabilitation, transportation, lost wages and all other financial losses. The non-economic damages reflect the degree of pain and suffering, the loss of quality of life, anxiety, depression, loss of consortium and other similar losses. This is a significant portion of the settlement or jury award in most car accident injury cases.
Dealing with an insurance company after you have been involved in an accident is daunting. Unless you are practiced in dealing with adjustors, agents and policy terminology, leave these negotiations to us. We’ll fight to protect your rights under NY insurance laws.
Serious Injury Cases and New York Law
Under New York state law, to recover compensation for non-economic damages it is necessary to meet the legal threshold for “serious injury.” A car accident injury case must meet one of the following criteria:
- Significant disfigurement;
- 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 which prevents the injured person from performing all of the material acts which 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.
Wrongful Death in Motor Vehicle Accident Cases
The damages awarded to a spouse or children of a person who died as the result of the acts of a negligent driver can include financial compensation for loss of money to economic dependants ; loss of love, society, protection, comfort, companionship and consortium; reasonable funeral expenses; reasonable expenses for medical care and treatment, prior to the death, and compensation for the loss of services, support, inheritance; and loss of nurture, guidance and similar types of losses.
If your loved one died after being involved in a car accident in Binghamton or the surrounding area, we want to help you deal with the legal issues surrounding the death. These are terrible and shocking cases, and the family is thrown into turmoil, suffering extreme emotional devastation. It can be difficult to consider the legal issues, but these are important matters to address early.
Does your case meet the legal criteria?
Our Binghamton car accident attorney can evaluate your personal situation, the level of injuries you have sustained, and how the injuries have impacted your daily life. We call upon various professional resources to assist in this process, including financial experts to provide data in determining the value of the case.
In order to be successful, it may be necessary to seek further proof of liability, and our accident re-construction experts are some of the best in the business. We carefully develop our cases, with extensive supporting documentation and other evidence. After submitting a claim, the auto insurer will likely offer a settlement, which you have the right to accept or refuse. Our lawyer will advise you of your options, and the decision is yours.
Our objective is to help you recover the maximum possible for your injuries under the law. As litigators, we are prepared and confident when we take a serious or catastrophic injury case to trial to seek justice and fair compensation. Read our case results, and talk to us about your case before you make any decisions.
You Have Limited Time to File an Accident Claim in New York
Under state law, you have limited time in which to file a lawsuit in an injury or wrongful death case. In New York, you are allowed three years from the time of the accident in which to file a lawsuit. In the event of a death, the statute of limitations restricts you to two years from the time of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit. There are longer time limits for some cases involving children and there may be shorter time limits when City, State or other Municipalities are involved. Always check with a lawyer about the Statute of Limitations applicable to your case
To be successful at trial or in pre-trial discussions with the liable party’s lawyers, the case must be well crafted and fully supported by evidence, testimony, witness statements, data from medical professionals and other information.
Obtaining and preserving the critical evidence soon after the accident can be a critical point in the final outcome. We urge you to connect with us at once so we can get to work for you.
Why You Need an Experienced Binghamton Car Crash Attorney
We know how to deal with investigators, claims adjustors and the attorneys representing insurance companies. They are paid to minimize the company’s payout on claims. We know the maximum amount allowed by law, and it is our goal to get that amount for you. That is why it is in your best interests to speak with our car accident attorney.
*Our prior results don’t guarantee a similar outcome in every case.