New York Car Accident Attorney
Your Legal Allies After a Crash in New York
Insurance companies can make it seem like you don’t have any options after being in a car accident. They might pressure you into signing a settlement agreement that seems low because it is. They could try to make you admit to liability without realizing it. An insurance company is a business that is trying to make profits, not friends.
The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP is here to let you know that you do have friends and trusted allies at our firm. We can stand up for you whenever an insurance company tries to interact with you or challenge your claim. We can work on your case diligently to prove that you were not the driver that caused the crash. We can show you the way to a brighter tomorrow through a hard-fought car accident claim or lawsuit.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
We can handle car accident cases that involve all sorts of causes, such as:
- Distracted driving: A distracted driver is a dangerous one. Smartphone use increasing in the last decade has made distracted driving a larger threat than ever before.
- Drunk driving: All it takes is one alcoholic beverage to impair a driver’s reaction times and judgment. If the other driver has been criminally convicted of drunk driving, then our attorneys might be able to use that to your claim’s advantage.
- Reckless driving: Speeding, unsafe lane changes, and tailgating are all commonplace driving behaviors. Although they are common, they are still extremely dangerous and cause hundreds of accidents a day.
- Auto part defects: A broken car part could be the cause of a crash if the defect takes control of the vehicle from the driver. Brake defects and tire defects are two of the most dangerous types of auto part defects.
What Damages Are Available in Car Accident Claims?
A successful accident claim can help you find peace of mind and a sense of justice. However, it is important not to lose sight of the financial goals of your claim or lawsuit. You will want to be fully compensated for your damages and injuries. Let our New York car accident attorneys help calculate the damages owed to you, so you do not inadvertently agree to a settlement offer that is not high enough.
Your car accident case can seek damages to help pay for:
- Medical treatments, including those far in the future
- Lost wages and lowered income capacity
- Vehicle repair or replacement costs
- Pain, suffering, and lowered enjoyment of life
How Do You Prove Liability After a Car Accident?
The cause of your car accident might be clear to you: another driver hit you. Insurance companies will not have so clear an image of what happened, though. They need to see convincing proof of liability before they will offer a settlement. Or, if your case has to go to court, then a judge or jury will want to see evidence to rule in your favor.
Our legal team can help piece together a convincing claim using available evidence of your crash. When the stakes are high, we might be able to work with local experts for further evidence. For example, medical doctors can attest to the severity of your injuries, accountants can discuss the future financial impact of your case, and crash reconstructionist professionals can rebuild the scene of a car accident from the ground up.
Types of evidence that can benefit your case might be:
- Dashcam footage
- Eyewitness testimony
- Reports from first responders
- Medical records
Accident reports can be the most useful piece of evidence, but how do you get a copy of an accident report? It helps to know the police department and the officer who responded to your accident. Give our lawyers this information, and we can call the department for you to request a copy of the accident report. If you forgot to get this specific information, then do not worry, we can make a few calls to departments and precincts to find it.
What Do You Do If the Other Driver Doesn’t Have Insurance?
When you are hit by a driver without insurance, you should call the police because driving without insurance is illegal in New York. Oftentimes, unsafe drivers do not have insurance, so allowing the police to detain them and suspend their license could help stop that driver from causing another crash.
New York has personal injury protection (PIP) insurance that can give you payments for your damages from your own insurance provider, regardless of liability. This policy is helpful if the other driver has no insurance at all. If you have purchased uninsured motorist (UM) insurance, then you can also attempt to use this policy to get further coverage from your insurance provider. Although, your insurer could try to deny your PIP or UM insurance claim, making them the opposition.
Do You Need to Hire an Attorney After a Car Accident?
Not every car accident case requires a car accident attorney’s help, but many do. In New York, you might not even have an option to file a claim against the other driver if your injuries and damages are minor enough to be covered by your own PIP insurance policy. When your claim is denied or your injuries are severe, you should plan on hiring an attorney for counsel, guidance, and representation. Otherwise, you will be walking into a serious legal situation blindly and could be handing a huge advantage to the other driver and their insurer.
How Can We Help You?
Starting a car accident claim is not enjoyable, but it can at least be stress-free. Turn to our New York car accident lawyers of The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP, and let us handle everything. We are ready to fight on your behalf against insurance companies big and small.
We’re a client-centered, results-oriented firm. When you work with us, you can have confidence we’ll put your best interests at the forefront of your case – it’s that simple.
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