According to the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, car accidents cause a little over 11,000 serious injuries and 1,000 deaths in the state each year. If you suffered injuries as a result of a car accident, you might be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. A negligent driver could be held responsible for your injuries along with various third parties. Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. at (516) 932-0400 for a free consultation with a Glen Cove car accident lawyer.
In This Article
- Knowing Who Caused Your Accident
- Potential Increases to the Value of Your Claim
- Evidence Your Lawyer Will Review
- Settling a Lawsuit
- Filing a Lawsuit
- Contact Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. for a Free Consultation
Knowing Who Caused Your Accident
Negligent drivers act out their negligent behaviors in many ways: they cut across several lanes, they do not see you and crash into your car, or they recklessly run you off the road. Drunk drivers, drowsy drivers, or distracted drivers, all of whom are negligent drivers, might have caused your accident or forced you into a dangerous situation. At the accident scene, a police report will often provide the officer’s findings as to the factors that apparently contributed to causing the accident. Our firm is dedicated to making negligent drivers pay for the severe harm they cause. It is our privilege and passion to take on cases involving:
- Improper lane changes
- Aggressive driving
- Missed traffic signals
Any driver who has violated local or state driving laws, and in doing so caused serious or catastrophic injuries to others, could be sued for compensation. Your attorney will examine all the relevant evidence to evaluate your case so as to present your options and make suggestions for your best way to proceed.
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Potential Increases to the Value of Your Claim
Claims or lawsuits may allow you to recover compensation from companies or individuals whom you may not have initially thought of as being responsible, at least in part, for the accident. Such parties that might be responsible for your injuries or losses include:
- Car manufacturers
- Parts manufacturers
- Construction companies
- Trucking companies
- Truck leasing companies
- Government agencies
Companies that manufacture defective vehicles could be held liable for your injuries or losses. If a defective part caused your accident, that manufacturer could be sued instead of the automotive manufacturer. Logistics companies or leasing firms that do not maintain their vehicles could be sued for damages and government agencies who may be responsible for road design or maintenance defects that cause dangerous scenarios on the road could also be liable.
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Evidence Your Lawyer Will Review
Police reports, medical records, and witness statements are a few of the many items of relevant evidence that your lawyer will review to build as strong a case as possible on your behalf
A witness statement may be corroborated with surveillance or dash-cam video footage or additional witnesses. A lawyer will seek to uncover additional information as the underlying facts of your case or investigate, depending upon the unique circumstances of your accident.
Your lawyer will gather all the evidence collected, analyze it carefully, and use it to fight the responsible insurance company for compensation. If their offer is too low to cover the cost of your injuries and other damages that you have suffered and that it may be reasonably anticipated you will suffer in the future, your lawyer will discuss with you taking your case from a claim to a lawsuit. Everything your Glen Cove accident lawyer does is with one goal in mind; winning the best possible outcome for you.
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Settling a Lawsuit
If a favorable settlement offer is made, the attorney will settle your lawsuit in lieu of going to trial. Your Glen Cove accident lawyer will review the settlement negotiations with you and offer suggestions based upon all the circumstances of your case. You have the option to review every offer for denial or approval. If you do not get an appropriate settlement offer, depending upon the unique circumstances of your case, you might choose to go to trial.
An attorney may attend mediations or arbitrations, meet with defense lawyers, communicate with the at-fault party’s insurance company and your insurance company, and take other steps in the process of advocating on your behalf. When we relieve you of worrying about these critical concerns, this allows you to focus on your medical treatment and recovery as we address the details and deadlines of all the legal proceedings.
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Filing a Lawsuit
When your attorney files a lawsuit to recover compensation, it is to demand several types of compensation on your behalf. You have suffered greatly after the accident, and your expenses will typically begin to pile up as time passes. Options for compensation include:
- All relevant medical expenses, past, and future
- Lost income and lost anticipated future income because you cannot continue your career
- Pain and suffering, past and future
- Wrongful death damages
- Damage items unique to you and your case.
Once your lawsuit is filed, the attorney uses the information you have provided, along with the records and reports from your doctors to calculate exactly how much money you are owed. Your costs can include everything from the ambulance ride to the hospital to prescriptions and other out-of-pocket expenses. Your overall damages, with items such as past and future pain and suffering, may go far beyond your out-of-pocket expenses.
It is important to keep in mind, as you weigh your options, even if you played a part in causing the accident, you should not let that stop you from making a claim for the damages you suffered which were, in fact, the result of the at-fault party’s negligence. According to Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §1411, you can still recover compensation even if you were partially responsible for the accident. Your lawyer can explain the specifics to you.
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You might be owed compensation due to your injuries or losses after a car accident. If someone’s negligence hurts you or your family, you have a right to seek justice. Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. at (516) 932-0400 for a free consultation with a member of our team.