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 auto accident lawyer 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 Long Island Car Accidents
Below, are some common examples of what can cause car accidents:
- Driver error or driver negligence;
- Following too closely;
- Disregarding traffic lights or stop signs;
- Failing to yield right of way;
- Using a 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 failures
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 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.
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 auto accident lawyer 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,
- 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 attorneys may hire expert witnesses, seek testimony from your personal doctor, or introduce evidence from your medical record to make this connection.
Is There a Limit to How Long You Have to File a Long Island Car Accident Lawsuit?
Yes, the law limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit—so don’t wait to address your case. The statutes that outline the timeframe in which accident victims can file a claim are called statutes of limitations. For a motor vehicle accident lawsuit in Long Island, you have just three years to bring a claim.
The information provided on this page speaks in general terms. Of course, there are often exceptions that apply.
For a complete list of all exceptions, please consult the Consolidated Laws of New York. And of course, Attorney Naima is also happy to answer any questions you have about your injuries or ability to pursue a claim against the responsible party.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer After My Long Island Car Accident?
Hiring a personal injury lawyer is critical for a few reasons.
First, injury attorneys understand the law and how it applies to your case. Second, personal injury attorneys have extensive experience negotiating fair settlement offers with insurance companies.
Attorney Naima knows how to sidestep tactics insurance adjusters use to deny or lessen your compensation, and my negotiating skills can ultimately eliminate the need for a long and stressful trial.
Finally, we accept cases on a contingency basis, meaning we will not bill you for our services unless we secure compensation on your behalf.
Who’s Liable for My Car Accident and Injuries?
This legal question is highly dependent on the circumstances. Car accident lawsuits fall under the broader category of negligence claims.
To successfully bring a claim, you must prove each of the four elements.
You must prove that the negligent driver:
- Owed you a duty of care;
- Violated that duty of care;
- Acted in a way that caused your injuries; and
- Caused injuries that resulted in your losses or damages.
If your lawyer can prove each of these elements, the other driver can be held liable for your injuries.
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.