Side-impact car accidents often lead to serious injuries such as whiplash, neck and back injuries, facial lacerations, broken bones, and more. These injuries can have a profound impact on a car accident victim’s life—both personally and financially.
If you or a loved one was hurt in a side-impact car crash, you might be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost income from missed work, vehicle damage, and other costs.
If you qualify, a North Bellmore side-impact collisions lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will help you fight for compensation. Call our office at (516) 932-0400 today for a free case assessment from our car accident team. Our multilingual staff assists callers in Spanish, Greek, Bengali, Tamil, and Kannada.
In This Article
- Side-Impact Collisions Are Often a Result of Another Driver’s Carelessness
- Types of Damages That May Be Available
- Legal Options After a Fatal Side-Impact Crash
- Understanding New York Law Regarding “Serious Injuries”
- Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. Will Help You
Side-Impact Collisions Are Often a Result of Another Driver’s Carelessness
Although driving becomes almost second nature to many adults, operating a motor vehicle is still a tremendous responsibility. When drivers fail to drive with care and precision, devastating car accidents can occur.
Driver negligence can take many different forms. Some drivers struggle to put away their cellphones and other electronic devices when they are behind the wheel. Taking your eyes off the road for even just a few seconds to read a text message can have deadly consequences. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 2,800 people lost their lives in car accidents caused by distracted driving in 2018, and thousands more were injured.
If your car accident was caused by another driver’s failure to pay attention to the road, you might be entitled to compensation for the financial and non-financial costs incurred by the accident.
Side-impact collisions may also be caused by:
- Driver inexperience
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving too fast in poor weather conditions
- Fatigued driving
- Improperly designed or maintained roads
- Non-working traffic signals
- Vehicle defects
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Types of Damages That May Be Available
The term “damages” is used to describe the losses that an injured person experiences because of an accident. Through a personal injury claim, you may be able to recover financial compensation for various types of damages. These may include:
The medical costs associated with car accident injuries can be enormous. You may be able to recover financial compensation for your past medical expenses, as well as future medical care. You could be compensated for:
- Doctor’s visits
- Specialist appointments
- Hospital care
- X-rays and other tests
- Laboratory work
- Rehabilitative care
- Mental health treatment
- Medical equipment or prosthetics
- Other medical costs necessitated by your accident
A side-impact collision can cause considerable damage to your vehicle and the property within the vehicle. You may recover compensation for the cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle and for any other property damaged in the collision.
Lost Wages and Diminished Earning Capacity
A major injury may take several weeks, months, or even years to recover from. If your injuries have prevented you from working, you may be entitled to compensation for your lost income. If your injuries have permanently impaired your ability to do your job, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your diminished earning capacity.
Not all of the consequences of your accident can be expressed numerically. Non-economic damages are those losses that are intangible and not easily quantified. You may receive compensation for your pain, suffering, mental and emotional anguish, and diminished quality of life.
A North Bellmore side-impact collisions lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will help you understand the types of damages you may be entitled to through a personal injury action. Call us at (516) 932-0400 for a free case evaluation with our client intake team.
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Legal Options After a Fatal Side-Impact Crash
Sometimes, a side-impact accident results in a person’s death. If you have lost a family member in a side-impact collision, we extend to you our heartfelt condolences. A wrongful death lawsuit may help you hold the responsible party accountable for your loved one’s death and recover financial compensation for your damages. We consider it a privilege to represent the surviving family members of side-impact collision wrongful death accidents. It is our mission to win the compensation you need and the justice your departed loved one deserves.
The team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. understands that there is no amount of money that could ever make up for the loss of a beloved relative. However, compensation through a wrongful death claim may help you recover from the financial harm caused by the loss.
The types of damages available in a New York wrongful death claim may include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Pre-death medical expenses
- Loss of the deceased person’s support
- The deceased person’s pain and suffering prior to death
Understanding New York Law Regarding “Serious Injuries”
Laws regarding personal injury claims vary from state to state. In New York, a car accident victim may need to suffer a “serious injury” in order to file a lawsuit for certain types of damages. New York Civil Insurance (ISC) §5102(d) defines “serious injury” as an injury that results in:
- Fractured or broken bones
- Substantial scarring or disfigurement
- Substantial impairment of a bodily function or system
- Death of a fetus
- Permanent inability to use a body part
- Permanent impairment of a body part
- Medically determined injury or impairment of a non-permanent nature which prevents the injured person from performing substantially 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
A member of our legal team will patiently review these requirements with you and make clear how they apply to your case.
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Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. Will Help You
If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a side-impact collision, Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. is ready to help you. When you hire a North Bellmore side-impact collisions lawyer from our firm to represent you, we will:
- Keep you updated on your case
- Identify the liable party or parties
- Communicate with all parties for you
- Collect evidence
- Determine a value for your case
- Fight relentlessly to win the best possible result for you
There are important deadlines, or “statutes of limitations,” for New York personal injury and wrongful death cases. It is crucial to act before the statute of limitations in New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules (CVP) §214 expires in your case. With respect to acting in a timely manner, another critical consideration pertains to gathering evidence. Contacting witnesses to obtain statements and securing items such as dash-cam and surveillance video are best done as soon as possible. Simply stated, the sooner you contact us, the greater our opportunity to protect your rights and to build the strongest possible case on your behalf.
For more information about your options and how long you have to sue, call the car accident team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today at (516) 932-0400. The sooner you call, the greater our opportunity to build a strong case on your behalf.