Auto Accident FAQs
The U.S. experiences an average of six million (6,000,000) car accident every year. Over three million (3,000,000) people a year are injured in these accidents. In fact, over ninety (90) people die in car accidents every day. In 2018 alone, there were almost forty thousand (40,000) auto accident deaths involving approximately thirty-three thousand (33,000) car crashes. Alcohol, speeding and reckless driving account for most auto accident fatalities, while twenty percent (20%) of all car crashes resulted from distracted driving. Every day nine people are killed by distracted drivers.
In New York almost one thousand (1,000) people died from auto accidents in 2018. One hundred and forty-nine (149) motorcyclists, two hundred and sixty-two (262 pedestrians), and twenty-nine (29) bicyclists were killed in car accidents throughout our State.
The New York City Auto Accident Lawyers
At Pazer, Epstein, Jaffe & Fein, P.C. we have fought for the rights of our clients against insurance companies and negligent drivers for decades. It is our practice to thoroughly investigate every case and utilize the best expert witnesses to win for our clients the maximum compensation available to them under the law. If you have been injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle, contact us for a free consultation. Our testimonials from hundreds of past clients show our success and dedication. We represent clients in personal injury and car accident lawsuits throughout New York City and Long Island. We may be reached at (212) 847-5007 in New York or (718) 954-9986 on Long Island.
Common New York Auto Accident Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We realize that you may have many questions about your auto accident claim. While speaking to a lawyer in person or over the phone to discuss your personal injury matter is essential, below are just some of the most asked questions regarding a New York Auto Accident Cases. These questions include:
How long do I have to file a claim for my auto accident injuries?
The New York Statute of Limitations limits the time to file a claim for a motor vehicle accident. Usually the time limit is three years (3) from injury, or from the car crash causing the injury. If the car crash involved a death, then a Wrongful death Claim must be filed within two years (2) of death. If the claim involves the State of New York or New York City, a notice called a Notice of Claim must be filed within ninety days (90) with the municipal entity involved and suit must be filed against the State, City or municipal entity such as the Transit Authority or MTA within one year (1) and ninety days (90).
Should I hire an attorney for my motor vehicle accident?
Absolutely. Studies have shown that victims hurt in car accidents who have consulted with the appropriate professional help, receive financial compensation greater than those injured in accidents without legal representation. Establishing liability, investigating an accident and understanding the law require professionals experienced in auto accident and personal injury law.
What are my rights in a car accident and what am I entitled to?
Almost any injury that rises to the level of significant you suffer from a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent driver is eligible for compensation. Financial damages are awarded to make you whole again. Any significant psychological, physical, or financial damage that results from a negligent driver is covered. This includes not just pain and suffering, but loss of income, loss of employment, loss of consortium, loss of the enjoyment of life, permanent or temporary disability and other provable injuries.
What do I do after a car accident?
First, call 911 or seek help for anyone injured in the accident. You cannot leave the scene of an accident without facing possible criminal prosecution. You need to exchange information with the other driver and wait on the police to make a formal report. Get the reporting officer’s name, along with the other driver’s identification. Also get any passenger or witness information. Take photos of the scene, damages to any property or injury to the body. All this information will help establish liability and help you obtain the maximum financial compensation for your injuries later. If you are injured, go to the emergency room, and detail all injuries to the physicians and staff. Sometimes injuries from auto accidents, like concussions, neck or back injuries may not become noticeable until days later. Most important, as soon as you are able, CALL A LAWYER TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS.