How to Handle a Car Accident Claim in New York
Auto Accident Information, Tips, & Resources
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles says that in a recent year, a total of 1,153 people – from drivers and passengers to pedestrians and cyclists – lost their lives in auto accidents. There were 307,550 crashes statewide. Speeding, texting and drunk driving are to blame. Poor driving, in whatever form, causes severe injury to thousands of New Yorkers every year.
Why Do I Need Legal Help After a Car Accident?
You do not expect to be in an auto accident until it happens.
When it does, you will face medical bills, lost wages and physical pain. Moreover, depending on how serious the accident was, you may also have long-term care needs.
From serious injury such as loss of limb, disfigurement or paralysis to losing a loved one to wrongful death in an auto accident, we will take immediate action to preserve evidence and file all claims against whoever was responsible.
Frequently Asked Auto Accident Legal Questions
There are many other reasons to rely on legal advice after an auto accident, including addressing the following legal issues/questions:
What to Do After a Car Accident?
Right after a car accident, things can be rather chaotic. The first step you should take is to consider your safety and the safety of the people around you. Dialing 911 will get you both the police and an ambulance. From there you can view our Accident Report Card to help you collect and preserve important accident information. You may also find our page on “What to Do After a Car Accident?” valuable for providing you with additional detailed steps to take after a car accident.
Auto Insurance Claims Do’s and Don’ts
Be careful when dealing with the insurance company. Your actions after an auto accident, from talking to the insurance adjuster to signing documents, can have a negative impact on your case and reduce the amount you are compensated for injuries. Click here to learn what to do and what not to do regarding auto insurance claims.
Auto Insurance Coverage Disputes
Insurance coverage questions are extremely technical and can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of a case. For additional information, visit our New York auto insurance coverage resource page or contact one of our knowledgeable attorneys for a FREE case evaluation to avoid an unnecessary claim denial.
Car Accident Lawsuit Process
While every case and every injured person is different, most car accident lawsuits follow a predictable series of steps. It’s not following the steps, but following them in the right way that makes the difference. Click here to learn more about the car accident lawsuit process.
Car Accident Statute of Limitations in New York
A statute of limitations is a legal term for “shutting down” your case. In other words, you cannot wait too long before bringing a lawsuit. If you do, you may find yourself unable to obtain compensation for an auto accident. To learn more about the car accident statute of limitations in New York, click here.
What Does Car Accident Injury Compensation Include?
While each case is unique and should be evaluated by an experienced attorney who can help you understand your rights to compensation, car accident injury compensation is generally available medical bills and lost wages. Visit our car accident injury compensation page to additional information on this subject.
Additional Auto Accident FAQs
After you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, you will have questions ranging from how our “no-fault” system works in New York to how much time you have to file a lawsuit and go to court. Click here to read our FAQ section.