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NYPD Traffic Accidents—How to Get Your Accident Report

Auto accidents can turn your life upside down. If you suffer injuries, it can take weeks or even months to get back on your feet. There’s also a chance you may struggle with a debilitating injury for the rest of your life. Obtaining compensation may be the most important thing you do following such a life-changing experience. If you file an insurance claim or a lawsuit against the at-fault driver, a collision report from the NYPD documents the event and provides useful information. The details found in your NYPD accident report give your attorney the tools to conduct their investigation and build a case on your behalf.  Car accidents happen every day across all five boroughs in New York City. Many of these car accidents cause injuries and sometimes death. Even the most careful driver may be involved in a car accident due to the negligence of another.     If you suffered injuries following a car accident, contact a personal injury attorney. Your attorney fights on your behalf to recover well-deserved compensation for your injuries, so you can get your life back on track.  How to Retrieve NYPD Accident Reports Always make sure you call the police and request a police officer to the scene of your accident. An NYPD collision report provides valuable information that may be forgotten over time but is vital to a claim for injuries. Fortunately, the NYPD makes it easy to retrieve a copy of your collision report.    In Person  In NYC, the most direct way to retrieve a copy of your accident report is in person. Determine the precinct where your accident occurred. It may take up to seven days before your report becomes available, so you may want to call the precinct to check on availability. There is no charge to obtain your collision report from the NYPD, but you must bring a completed copy of the Request for Copy of Collision Record form.    Mail Perhaps it’s not convenient to head to the precinct in person. You may also mail your request to the correct precinct. The NYPD provides a directory of all locations to assist in your search.  However, don’t take more than 30 days to pick up your report once available. At that point, the NYPD forwards the report to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. To obtain a certified copy of your accident report by mail, you must pay: $10 search fee, and  $15 report fee for each report your order.  The DMV also requires the form entitled Request for Copy of Accident Report. You must provide the following information:  Date of the accident, and County where the accident occurred.  You must also provide at least one of the following pieces of information:  The license plate number of a vehicle involved in the accident,  The driver’s license number of a person involved in the accident, and The name and date of birth of a person involved in the accident.  The DMV keeps accident reports filed by police for four years from the accident date. Mail your completed form and check to the following address: NYSDMV  MC-198C Processing 6 Empire State Plaza  New York, NY 12228 Your personal injury attorney can also assist in obtaining a copy of your collision report.   Online  You may also obtain a copy of your NYC accident report from the NYPD website. Unfortunately, the NYPD portal is only accessible for people living in New York, Connecticut, or Massachusetts.  The DMV also provides a way to purchase a copy of your accident report online. Once you pay the $15 fee, your report becomes accessible in downloadable form. Once purchased, access your report within seven calendar days or else you will need to purchase the report again.  Contact Us  At the Law Offices of Theodore A. Naima, we exclusively represent the victims of personal injury and families that have lost loved ones in cases like auto accidents. If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, we can help you obtain a copy of your NYPD collision report. This crucial piece of evidence assists in building your case against the party that caused you or your family member harm. Our office works to provide clients with the compassion, respect, support, and personal attention they deserve while fighting vigorously for their rights. Contact us today for a free confidential case evaluation! 

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When to File a Lawsuit After a Crash With a Leased Car

Car accidents often bring about unease and stress, as handling a car accident claim can be challenging. A car accident in a leased car can heighten this confusion, as leased vehicles are different from owned cars.  After a leased car accident, The Law Offices of Theodore A. Naima is ready to help. Understanding the Differences Between Leased and Owned Cars Leasing and owning a vehicle are two different things. When you lease a vehicle, it is almost like renting, but with more privileges and less protection. You treat the vehicle as if it’s yours, except someone else—a leasing company or a dealership—owns it. Additionally, you must provide your own insurance coverage to protect the vehicle in case of an accident. When you own your car, you are the rightful owner. If something happens to it, you are responsible and can handle the situation as you see fit. In New York, insurance for leased cars is the same as owned cars. You are required to have minimum insurance coverage on all vehicles. Coverage includes: No-fault (personal injury protection) to pay for certain expenses, including medical expenses, for those you’ve injured in an accident; Liability protection to protect against the damage your car might inflict on others and their property; and Uninsured motorist coverage to protect yourself in case of an accident with an individual that has no car insurance.  It is equally as important to protect a leased car as it is an owned vehicle. Still, it is extremely beneficial to keep your leased vehicle protected by car insurance to protect yourself against headaches you may encounter in the future. What to Do After a Collision with a Leased Vehicle After a collision in a leased vehicle, you would essentially handle it the same way you should other accidents. It is recommended you: Call 911; Always receive medical treatment; Collect pertinent evidence and information; and Discuss your leased car accident with a knowledgeable lawyer. Additionally, you will want to notify your insurance company of your accident as soon as you possibly can. It is also wise to contact the leasing company or dealership in case there is anything you should keep in mind when handling your claim.  Receiving Damages After a Car Accident In New York, there are multiple ways for you to receive damages for injuries and property damage for accidents in a leased car. You may file a claim with the insurance, use your uninsured motorist benefits if the collision involves an uninsured driver, or file a personal injury lawsuit. The best course of action to receive damages will depend on the details of your case. A New York personal injury attorney can help you decide what is best for you in an effort to receive the compensation you deserve. When to File a Lawsuit Not every collision requires filing a lawsuit. Nonetheless, it is important to note that insurance coverage will cover only so much. You may be able to receive compensation for medical expenses, property damage, and some lost wages. Beyond this, you may not be able to count on insurance.  This is where a personal injury lawsuit may be required to help you receive the financial recovery you need after an accident. Because every accident case is different, it is best to consult with a New York personal injury lawyer. Discuss Your Case with a Qualified New York Personal Injury Attorney At The Law Offices of Theodore A. Naima, our firm practices only personal injury law. Therefore, you can feel confident knowing you are receiving top-notch legal services from a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. Ted Naima has over 20 years of trial experience and isn’t afraid to go the extra mile for clients in need. Contact our office today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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What to Do After a New York Car Accident

If another driver recently hit your vehicle, you may be wondering what to do when you’re in a car accident. The weeks and months after an accident are undoubtedly an incredibly stressful times. However, it is important that you take several steps to protect not only your health but also your ability to pursue a personal injury case in the future. Report the Accident Immediately reporting a car accident is extremely important. Not only does New York law require you to report an accident, but it triggers an emergency response team. Emergency medical responders will determine if anyone needs potentially lifesaving treatment. By reporting the accident, you also create official documentation of the collision, which can make recovering for your accident-related expenses much easier. Conduct a Mini-Investigation After an accident, you should obtain some basic information from any other drivers involved in the collision, including the following: Name, Address, Insurance information, and Driver’s license number. If any other motorists or bystanders witnessed the accident, collect their contact information as well. Be sure to provide your own information to the other driver. If possible, you should also take pictures of the scene, focusing on the position of the vehicles and any road signs or traffic markings. Collectively, this information will help an attorney prepare a claim on your behalf should you decide to pursue one. Be Careful Who You Talk To After an accident, it’s natural to want to engage with the other drivers involved. However, to the extent possible, limit your conversations to the exchange of information. You don’t want to escalate the situation or make a statement in the heat of the moment that you later regret. Similarly, when you speak with an insurance company representative, it is important that you do not admit fault, minimize your injuries, or make any statements that it could later use against you. Remember, insurance companies are self-interested and will use whatever information they obtain to reduce the value of your claim. Obtain Prompt Medical Treatment As soon as possible, visit the emergency room, an urgent care facility, or your primary care provider. Tell the doctor that you were involved in an accident, and let them know about any pain you are experiencing, even if you think it’s something minor. Sometimes, car accidents can cause severe injuries that may not immediately appear to be serious. A doctor can determine the full extent of your injuries, ensuring you get the proper medical care. Contact a New York Car Accident Lawyer When you are ready, reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your case. A lawyer can explain what to do if you are in an accident so that you can maximize your chances of a full and fair recovery.  Have You Been Injured in a New York Auto Accident? Not knowing what to do when you’re in a car accident is completely normal. If you have questions about a recent car accident or want to learn more about the recovery process, contact the Law Offices of Theodore “Ted” A. Naima for immediate assistance. Ted has more than 20 years of experience helping accident victims obtain the compensation they need and deserve after suffering serious injuries. We handle personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from auto accidents, slip and falls, construction injuries, dog bites, and more. To schedule a free consultation with the Law Offices of Theodore A. Naima, call 516-280-7311 today. You can also connect with us through our online form.

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