Long Island Car Accident Attorney

Injured in a Car Accident in New York? Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer Right Away

Any local can tell you that driving in New York can be an adventure. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles reports that there were 304,804 crashes in 2013 alone; in other words, over 800 crashes every single day.

In a third of these accidents, at least one driver was reported injured. Yes, we all know to dial 9-1-1 after an accident, but what happens thereafter is, for many, a complex issue with no clear answer.

The Law Offices of Theodore A. Naima knows that answer. For over 25 years, we have stood up to insurance companies on behalf of our clients to demand justice when none is offered. Put our experience to work for you.

When you’ve been in an accident, getting “The Best Representation,” doesn’t just mean that we will negotiate with the insurance company or fight for you at trial. 

It means you will have an attorney who knows you by name.

One you can meet face to face, speak to during off-hours; in short, one to whom you can tell your story and know that they’re listening. 

To learn more about how we can help you, contact our New York personal injury lawyer today.

Common Causes of Car Accidents

Below, are some common examples of what can cause car accidents:

  • Driver Error or Driver Negligence
  • Following to Closely
  • Speeding
  • Disregarding Traffic Light or Stop Sign
  • Failing to Yield Right of Way
  • Using Hand Held Cell Phone While Driving
  • Texting While Driving
  • Driver Inexperience
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
  • Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (DUI)
  • Road Rage
  • Roadway Defect
  • Negligent Design or Maintenance of Roadway
  • Drag Racing
  • Failure to Maintain & Service Vehicle
  • Automobile Design or Manufacturing Defect
    • Airbag Failure
    • Seatbelt Failure
    • Brake Failure
    • Tire Blowout
    • Other Mechanical Failure

Common Car Accident Scenarios

Car accidents in New York come in all shapes and sizes. That said, our experience shows that car accidents in the following categories are the most common.

Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions often happen when a driver swerves across the median of a road or plows through an intersection. Intoxication and distraction generally play a critical role in these accidents.

Due to the fact that the two cars are traveling toward each other, head-on collisions are especially dangerous. Victims can suffer from serious bone fractures, internal bleedings, burns, and road rash.  

Rear-End Collisions

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rear-end collisions are statistically the most frequently-occurring type of car accident. In fact, they account for approximately 29% of all car crashes.

Although some people are tempted to dismiss rear-end collisions as being less dangerous than head-on collisions, the truth is that they can set off all kinds of subtle yet traumatic injuries.

Examples include spinal cord injuries and whiplash, both of which might not manifest for years. 


A “sideswipe” takes place when one vehicle brushes up against the side of another vehicle. Sideswipes can occur when the two vehicles are going in the same direction or the opposite direction.

In sideswipes, victims receive unusual sideways blows that can cause their heads to crash through the adjacent window or strike a car pillar. Serious brain trauma, extensive lacerations, and nerve damage can result.

Also, proving fault in sideswipe cases can be more difficult to establish than in other car accidents. 

Side Impact or T-Bone Accidents

Side impact accidents involve one car slamming into the side of another car. Unlike sideswipes, which involve two cars going in parallel directions, T-bone accidents are the result of cars traveling in perpendicular directions.

Just like sideswipes, it can be hard for the victim in a side-impact accident to prove that the other party was at fault.

Therefore, it’s vital that you have a qualified attorney to help you collect evidence and gather eyewitness testimony. 

What Kinds of Injuries Can I Receive Compensation For?

You can recover monetary damages for almost any kind of physical or emotional injury. However, to do so, you must clearly show a connection between the condition and the accident.

Some of the most common car accident injuries that we see are:

  • Crushed or amputated limbs,
  • Broken limbs,
  • Spinal injuries,
  • Head trauma,
  • Muscle sprains,
  • Whiplash,
  • Death,
  • Brain injuries, and
  • Burn injuries.

Obviously, you will be able to connect many of these injuries to the car accident. Yet there are some injuries that take weeks, months, or years to manifest.

When that happens, the victim can be left without any remedies. Examples of more subtle conditions that are triggered by accidents include closed head injuries, whiplash, and neck injuries.

Closed head injuries are particularly nefarious, as they can cause permanent changes in vision, memory, and cognitive ability. 

A qualified New York car accident attorney can accumulate medical evidence that connects your symptoms to your accident, even if your symptoms were delayed.

Depending on the circumstances, your personal injury attorney may hire expert witnesses, seek testimony from your personal doctor, or introduce evidence from your medical record to make this connection.

Contact a New York Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or died as a result of a car accident, contact the experienced personal injury team at the Law Offices of Theodore A. Naima today to speak with an experienced Long Island car accident lawyer about your case.

The law limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit, so don’t wait.

Call me directly at (516) 280-7311 for your free-no obligation-consultation and confidential case evaluation.