The town of Huntington, New York, situated in Suffolk County on Long Island, is a beautiful place to live. However, the latest statistics show that driving in Huntington and Suffolk County can be dangerous. The latest stats demonstrate that each week in Suffolk County, an average of 2 people die, hospitals admit 19 people, and another 239 motorists receive treatment in the local hospital’s emergency department as a result of motor vehicle crashes.
Suffering severe injuries in a Huntington car accident can be costly. Medical bills are likely to be exorbitant. The expense of a car accident is also compounded by future medical costs, lost wages, and other damages. According to numbers compiled by the state of New York, Suffolk County car accidents in 2014 resulted in $86.8 million in hospital bills and an additional $50.3 million in charges for treatment for injuries in an emergency room.
The state did not include additional expenses caused by Suffolk County accidents like rehabilitation costs, prescription costs, nursing home expense, rehabilitation facility charges, and the amount of money lost because of time out of work. These costs are substantial and have a negative impact on the accident victims’ lives. Only fair and just financial compensation from the party responsible for the collision will suffice to rectify the damage done adequately.
The car accident lawyers with Parker Waichman LLP understand the intricacies of winning Huntington, New York accident claims. Parker Waichman has helped thousands of people in Huntington and throughout Suffolk County obtain the settlements and win the judgments justified by their claims.
Parker Waichman’s success starts with its clients. Every car collision injury claim has a story behind it and persuasively telling Parker Waichman clients’ stories helps recover substantial injury compensation for them. Whether the person injured or killed is a mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, or another close family connection, Parker Waichman’s skilled and compassionate Huntington car accident attorneys will demonstrate the significant deleterious effect the incident has had on their lives and the lives of their family.
What Causes Huntington Car Accidents?
The New York Department of Health identified seven common causes of car accidents in Huntington and the surrounding municipalities. Specifically, the origins of accidents identified by the Department of Health statistically caused the highest number of injuries in 2014, which are the most recent statistics available.
The seven causes of accidents in Huntington according to the New York Department of Health are:
- alcohol intoxication,
- disobeying traffic control signals,
- not yielding to the vehicle with the right of way,
- failure to pass safely or stay in the proper lane,
- distracted driving, e., texting and driving, and
All of these driving behaviors violate New York law. Additionally, other factors contribute to serious car accidents. Fatigued driving plays a significant role in contributing to car accidents, as does driving under the influence of drugs such as marijuana, pills, cocaine, heroin, or fentanyl. Additionally, failure to maintain vehicles properly or manufacturing defects can also cause deadly or catastrophic motor vehicle collisions.
The terrible reality is that all of these categories of accidents are avoidable. However, people drive negligently, or in the case of driving while under the influence, recklessly, all of the time. Getting hurt in a car accident seems to be a little concern to the majority of motorists on the roads. They are either preoccupied, distracted, intoxicated or just plain rude. Holding people liable for damages caused by people who drive negligently or recklessly is the mission of Parker Waichman’s Huntington car accident injury lawyers.
Types of Car Accidents in Huntington, New York (NY)
Anything can happen when cars collide. The severity of the damages inflicted on the occupants depends on numerous factors such as the method of the crash, the speed of the vehicles relative to each other at contact, the weight of the vehicles in comparison to one another, and a host of environmental factors also play a role. Throughout Parker Waichman’s decades’ of experience Parker Waichman have represented clients who were injured or killed in car accidents such as:
- head-on crashes,
- perpendicular crashes also called “T-bone” crashes,
- rear-end collisions,
- collisions occurring because of left-hand turns,
- clients having been run off of the road,
- right-turn collisions, and
- Multi-vehicle crashes or “pileups.”
Parker Waichman experienced and dedicated Huntington auto collision attorneys will analyze how the accident occurred and illustrated how the other driver operated negligently. Critically, Parker Waichman’s knowledgeable auto collision attorneys will also put together a strong case to deflect responsibility away from Parker Waichman clients when insurance defense attorneys try to blame someone other than their client for causing an accident.
Injuries Suffered in Huntington Car Accidents
The dynamics of the crash may make the difference between life and death, escaping with no or minor injuries and suffering catastrophic injuries in a Huntington car accident. Parker Waichman handles cases with injuries ranging from serious to catastrophic as well as wrongful death claims.
The injuries Parker Waichman LLP’s Huntington accident clients suffer most frequently are:
- Broken bones, compound fractures, simple fractures, and displaced fractures suffered when striking a part of the victim’s car, or getting pinned between crumbled vehicle components such as the dashboard and floorboards.
- Dislocation of joints in the hands, elbows, ankles, knees, shoulders, wrists, and hips caused by getting trapped but can also happen when the injured body part gets twisted away from the rest of the body.
- Traumatic brain injury or TBI happens most often when people do not wear seatbelts. However, wearing a seatbelt does not automatically guarantee that a TBI cannot occur in a motor vehicle accident. TBIs arise from high-speed impacts with the head against the steering wheel, dashboard, windshield, side windows, or doors. TBIs can also happen if the violence of the crash ejects the victim.
- Internal injuries such as internal bleeding, damage to internal organs such as a punctured or deflated lung, and internal bruising can occur in an auto accident from the blunt force trauma generated by the crash. Internal injuries are often difficult to diagnose by their very nature. Internal injuries may happen when the torso of the victim forcefully strikes the steering wheel, dashboard, or even the seatbelt.
- Paralysis and spinal cord injuries. The victim’s spinal cord can rupture or be severed by the force of impact. Although physicians and researchers have made substantial strides in helping people walk again after suffering what was believed to be permanent paralysis, not everyone is fortunate enough to regain their mobility. Parker Waichman’s auto accident lawyers know they have to fight long and hard to win a substantial damage award so that the person living with paralysis and their family are protected from future financial loss due to healthcare costs as well as the potential for the victim to be bedridden for life.
- Burns are vicious Burn victims are frequently scarred for life, even if they undergo several rounds of painful skin grafting surgery to replace the burned skin. Many burn victims are left with unsightly scars and suffer tremendous physical pain and emotional trauma from their injuries.
- Neck, head, and back injuries are the most common injuries associated with car accidents. These traumas arise when the force of the collision violently throws the body in one direction and then a rapid change of energy or direction causes the affected areas to stretch and twist beyond their normal Physicians commonly refer to these injuries as “soft tissue injuries.” Soft tissue in this context means muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons. Although insurance adjusters and insurance defense attorneys will discount the value of a soft tissue injury, Parker Waichman’s lawyers well know that soft tissue damage has a tremendously adverse effect on a person’s life. Soft tissue injuries can cause dizziness, pain, swelling, fatigue, numbness, blurry vision, nausea, loss of mobility, and loss of range of motion. These symptoms are not only painful, but they also prevent accident victims from enjoying their lives.
- Wrongful death cases are the most serious Parker Waichman’s accident attorneys handle. They litigate these matters with enthusiasm but also dignity and grace to obtain the highest monetary award possible while respecting the grieving family’s loss.
Complexities of New York Negligence Law
Absent a few exceptions, the law of car accidents is negligence law. However, New York is a so-called “No Fault” state. That means the injured person cannot file a claim against the other driver unless the victim satisfies the conditions precedent spelled out in New York’s Insurance Code. Consequently, injured motorists must first look to their insurance company for indemnification and compensation for their loss.
There are benefits and drawbacks to employing a no-fault insurance scheme. First, the injured person receives coverage from their auto insurance provider without regard to who might have caused the crash. Secondly, the claim’s process should proceed more rapidly and efficiently. The victim’s inability to seek damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of consortium by the victim’s spouse, and other non-economic damages in a no-fault system is patently unfair.
Exceptions to New York’s no-fault law do exist. The no-fault system does not apply to car accident victims whose economic losses exceed $50,000.00, or the victim suffered a serious injury. New York’s Insurance Code defines a serious injury as:
- Permanent loss of a limb or body part,
- Permanent loss of bodily function or system,
- Substantial or permanent loss of ability to perform a function in the daily life of the victim for at least 90 days within six months of the collision.
If a vehicle collision victim satisfies one of these conditions, then that person may file a claim for damages against the other driver. Parker Waichman LLP’s Huntington car accident lawyers are experts in New York insurance law. They understand the complexities inherent in this complex area of law which often results in achieving a greater settlement than merely relying on the no-fault provisions of New York’s Insurance Code.
How Long Do You Have to File a Huntington Car Accident Claim?
New York law allows for a three-year statute of limitations for most personal injury accidents. The statute of limitations precludes an accident victim from recovering for their injuries if the person fails to file a legal action in court within the specified time. Parker Waichman’s car collision attorneys counsel their clients to avoid losing a claim for violating New York’s statute of limitations.
Helpful Information for Huntington Accident Victims
The Suffolk County Police Department responds to motor vehicle crashes in Huntington. The Suffolk County Police Department maintains a station, known as the Second Precinct at 1071 Park Avenue in Huntington. The second precinct’sphone number is 631-854-8200. You should call this number for non-emergency matters. Please call 911 in an emergency.
Huntington Hospital serves the Huntington area. The hospital is located at 270 Park Avenue and can be reached by phone at 631-351-2000. Trauma patients could be transported to other hospitals for advanced life-saving measures.
Turn to Parker Waichman LLP for Your Auto Accident Claim
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