If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident, you could recover the cost of your damages through an insurance claim or lawsuit.
To get compensation, consider working with our law firm. We will pursue the liable party for recoverable damages. This may feel like a daunting process, but working with an experienced and dedicated Huntington car accident lawyer at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., will make it far easier and much less stressful.
In This Article
- Legal Options After a Car Accident in New York
- The Difference Between an Injury Claim and a Lawsuit
- What to Know About Car Accident Injury Claims
- New York Car Accident Statute of Limitations
- Laws that Vary By the Type of Accident
- Reasons to Work With a Lawyer on Our Team
- Contact the Attorneys at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., for Help After a Car Accident
Legal Options After a Car Accident in New York
New York is a no-fault state, which means that each person injured in a car accident will file an insurance claim with the auto insurance company of the vehicle they were in, (frequently referred to as, “the host vehicle,”) regardless of who was at fault.
While no-fault coverage will address an initial amount of medical expenses and lost earnings related to the car accident, damages beyond what no-fault will cover are typically pursued by means of a claim against the at-fault driver(s.)
Personal Injury Claims
Compensation awarded in a car accident injury claim pays for damages, such as medical costs, lost time at work, and other effects the accident had on your life. When you file a claim, you will provide documentation, receipts, and evidence to show how the car accident impaired your life.
There are a lot of facets to a personal injury claim. A member of our skilled team of legal professionals will gladly answer your questions and address your concerns so that you understand all your options and so that you are in a position to make the best decisions. The lawyers in our firm are prepared to manage your case with the goal of winning an excellent outcome for you.
Car Accident Settlements
Successful injury claims lead to settlements, which are compensation amounts offered by the liable party or their insurance company.
If the settlement amount is agreeable to you, you will “settle,” or accept it. Your lawyer will give you guidance and advice as to whether our firm believes you should settle or continue the fight to win a more favorable outcome.
We are always mindful that we work for you. Our job is to provide you with the best information available and work to secure the best settlement offer or jury verdict possible. However, the ultimate decision as to how to proceed is always yours.
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The Difference Between an Injury Claim and a Lawsuit
Most car accident injury claims end in settlements. Only those that do not settle go to court (trial). Here, your lawyer will advocate on your behalf.
To protect your legal interests, your lawyer uses tactics such as:
- Providing evidence of the other driver’s liability
- Showing that the other driver was negligent, leading to the accident and your injuries
- Calling on eyewitnesses
- Bringing in expert witnesses
- Projecting how the injuries will affect you in the future, if applicable
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What to Know About Car Accident Injury Claims
There are many steps to helping you secure compensation after a car accident, some of which include the following:
Determining the Liable Party
First, your car accident lawyer must determine who is liable for the accident—that is, who you can bring a claim against. Liability is only possible if the at-fault party was negligent.
People who are negligent act in a way that is careless toward others. Proving that the other driver was speeding could be an example of negligence. This step is a crucial part of the process, as liability could fall on more than one party.
Types of Recoverable Damages
Your lawyer will also help you uncover the effects the car accident has had on your life. Compensation is based on these impairments, or damages.
Recoverable damages in a car accident injury claim include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage costs
- Loss of future earning ability
- Impaired quality of life
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New York Car Accident Statute of Limitations
Each state has a statute of limitations for car accident lawsuits. This is a law that limits how long you have to file your injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Typically, the statute begins the day of your accident or the day of death in a case where the injuries led to a fatality, usually referred to as a wrongful death claim.
A lawyer with our team knows the details of these statutes and will work to protect and assert your rights by making sure your case is commenced in a timely manner.
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Laws that Vary By the Type of Accident
Different laws govern different types of car accidents. The following laws apply to some of the more common types of car accidents in New York:
Car Accidents Involving Pedestrians and Bicyclists
Drivers in New York must watch out for pedestrians and bicyclists while driving, according to New York Vehicle and Traffic Law (VEH) §1146.
Injured pedestrians or cyclists have the option of bringing injury claims against motor vehicle drivers who strike these unprotected individuals with their car.
Accidents Caused By Texting While Driving
Texting while driving is a dangerous practice and a serious threat to drivers on the roadway. This illegal activity might also lead to serious penalties.
If a driver hit you while texting and driving, they will likely be held responsible for your injuries.
It is illegal to leave the scene of a car accident without stopping to exchange insurance and identification information.
If someone hit you or a close family member and drove off, they could be charged with both a traffic citation and a criminal charge and could also be held accountable for your injuries.
Reasons to Work With a Lawyer on Our Team
When you are ready to file your case, a lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., will champion for appropriate compensation and provide important services, like:
- Keeping you updated on the status of your case
- Finding the liable parties
- Communicating with all involved parties on your behalf
- Gathering evidence
- Calculating a value for your case
- Fighting relentlessly to win the very best possible case outcome for you
Contact the Attorneys at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., for Help After a Car Accident
A car accident could leave you with devastating injuries and expenses, yet a Huntington car accident lawyer on our team can help you fight for the compensation you need. Our lawyers have the skills and knowledge to help you secure compensation, and we have proven results with multiple million-dollar car accident settlements.
Learn more today during a free consultation. Contact Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., at (516) 932-0400 now. We have staff members who can speak other languages, including Spanish, Greek, Tamil, Bengali, and Kannada.
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