If you were in a car accident in Long Beach, a reckless driving accident lawyer from our firm will help you by building the strongest case possible on your behalf. Your lawyer will fight on your behalf for damages that cover your medical expenses, household bills, and more.
In this article, you will learn about how we handle claims and lawsuits like yours, what types of damages you could be entitled to, and other factors that might affect your ability to recover damages.
What a Lawyer Will Do After a Reckless Driving Accident
Here is a partial list of the services that a reckless driving accident lawyer on our team will provide you with. You do not have to pay us for performing these tasks unless and until you receive compensation.
Keep You Updated
It will be our privilege to do all of the hard legal work, but of course, all of the important decisions are entirely up to you. To help you make the best possible decisions, your lawyer will:
- Let you know whenever something happens or changes
- Make themselves available to answer your questions
- Advise you about the pros and cons of all possible options
Determine Who is At-Fault
In reckless driving cases, the liable party’s identity may seem obvious: the reckless driver. Your lawyer will confirm their identity and determine if there are any other liable parties (e.g., the driver’s employer) against whom you should also make a claim or file a lawsuit.
Handle All Communications
Your case may involve dealing with multiple insurance companies. The initial level of medical expenses and lost earnings will most likely be covered by the insurance company of the car you occupied in the accident. This coverage, referred to as no-fault insurance, is a legal requirement for all New York car owners, as per the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS).
Serious and catastrophic injuries caused by an at-fault party give rise to what are called either liability claims or bodily injury claims, and these are brought against the at-fault party and covered by their insurer(s). As a result, we will typically have dealings with a number of insurance carriers as we advocate on your behalf.
It is not unusual for insurers to try to avoid paying accident victims by:
- Offering too little money
- Refusing to negotiate
- Blaming them for the accident
Let us deal with the insurance company and the liable party in your place. We will negotiate for appropriate compensation and, when called for, prosecute litigation toward and represent you at a trial before a judge and jury.
A big part of our job is building the strongest case possible. This way, the insurance company is less likely to reject or undervalue your settlement. Potential sources of evidence include:
- Police accident reports
- Your medical records
- Surveillance and dash-cam video
- Testimony from experts
- Testimony from witnesses
Assign a Monetary Value to Your Case
Once we establish how much your case is worth, it will be harder for the insurance company to get away with offering inappropriate settlements. In the next section, you will find a list of just some of the damages you could recover.
You Could Qualify For Two Types of Damages
Your reckless driving accident could qualify you for both non-economic and economic damages. The exact value of your case depends in large part on the number, severity, treatments required, and effects upon your life of your injuries.
An attorney from our firm can help you determine if you qualify for any type of compensation and how much you are entitled to seek. In the meantime, you can go over the following questions. They will give you a general idea of what your settlement or award will entail.
Do You Qualify For Non-Economic Damages?
“Non-economic damages” is the legal term for the physical and emotional distress you experienced because of the accident. Examples include:
- Pain and suffering: Were your injuries physically painful? Was the accident and/or your injury psychologically traumatizing?
- Disability: Did you lose the use of any body part, either temporarily or permanently?
- Disfigurement: Do you have scar tissue that affects your appearance or is physically painful?
- Impaired quality of life: Do you need help with basic, everyday tasks that you used to handle alone? Do your injuries prevent you from taking part in enjoyable activities?
Do You Qualify For Economic Damages?
If the injuries you suffered cost you any money whatsoever, you are allowed to sue for these monetary losses, called “economic damages.” Examples include:
- Lost wages: Were you temporarily unable to work due to your injuries?
- Lost earning capacity: Are you permanently unable to work or earn as much as before you were injured?
- Cost of medical care: Did you go to a doctor or other medical professional to treat your injuries? Will you need to go again in the future?
- Cost of vehicle repair: Did you need to pay someone to fix your car’s accident-related damages? Did you have to buy a completely new car?
Damages in Wrongful Death Lawsuits
The most devastating loss of all is the death of a loved one. Different damages are available for surviving family members after a fatal car accident. If such a situation is what led you to this page, we extend to you our heartfelt condolences. We consider it a privilege to represent the surviving family members of reckless driving wrongful death victims.
We are determined to win the compensation you need and the justice your departed loved one deserves. When you call our firm a member of our legal team will provide you with a patient, compassionate and comprehensive case review to answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and advise you as to all your options.
Our team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. is able to assist you with both personal injury and wrongful death cases.
When to Start Your Claim or Lawsuit
Speeding alone accounted for 19 deaths and 794 injuries in Nassau County (which includes Long Beach, New York) in 2019. This is according to data collected by the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR).
You have the right to sue for compensation after a reckless driving accident. To preserve that right, it is crucial to begin building your case as soon as possible. This is because of:
- The statute of limitations: After this legal filing window closes, your right to sue expires.
- The nature of the evidence: Evidence does not last forever. The sooner you begin, the more documents will be available, and the clearer any witnesses’ memories will be.
Legal Support is Just a Phone Call Away
For honest, empathetic legal representation in Long Beach, call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. at (516) 932-0400.
If you are unable to travel, a reckless driving accident lawyer from our firm would be happy to meet you anywhere on Long Island or in the New York metropolitan area. Our multilingual staff will assist you in Spanish, Greek, Bengali, Tamil, or Kannada, and your first consultation is free.