Accidents and Personal Injury Attorneys in Long Island
The Long Island personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience successfully representing clients who were injured in various accidents. Our lawyers fight for the rights of people injured in traffic accidents, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents and pedestrian accidents. We also have extensive experience covering other types of accidents and injuries, including construction accidents, product liability, and slip and fall accidents.
The law places a deadline (statute of limitations) on how long you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you were injured in a Long Island accident, seek legal counsel immediately to determine if you have a case. Injuries from an accident can be permanent or fatal. Compensation from a settlement or verdict can help pay for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For more information about filing an accident lawsuit, contact one of our Long Island personal injury lawyers today.
Motor Vehicle Accidents (Car, Truck, Motorcycle Accidents)
According to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 879 fatal car accidents on Long Island from 2012 through 2015. A total of 926 people died in these traffic accidents. Drunken driving and speeding were both factors in deadly motor vehicle accidents. Among fatal accidents where the blood-alcohol content of at least one driver was reported, drunken driving accounted for 27.9 percent of fatalities. Among fatal accidents where at least one driver’s excessive speed was reported, speeding accounted for 25.3 percent of deaths.
Long Island motor vehicle accidents can include car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents. Factors contributing to an accident may include speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving, reckless driving, and aggressive driving. Statistics from the NHTSA show that traffic fatalities are increasing nationwide.
Our Long Island Car Accident Lawyers, Long Island Truck Accident Lawyers and Long Island Motorcycle Accident Lawyers know how to deal with these companies and have significant experience handling truck accident cases.
When a pedestrian is involved in a traffic accident with a vehicle, the pedestrian is often the one who is seriously or fatally injured. Pedestrian accidents tend to occur more frequently in areas like New York, where there is a higher density of both people and vehicles. According to a report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), pedestrian deaths reached record-high numbers in 2016. The report, based on preliminary data from 2016, shows that pedestrian deaths increased by 11 percent between 2015 and 2016 to nearly 6,000; this is the largest single-year spike in pedestrian deaths recorded, the report states.
New York is one of five states that each had over 100 pedestrian deaths (the others were California, Florida, Georgia, and Texas). Additionally, New York is one of four states that account for 42 percent of pedestrian fatalities, GHSA said (the others were California, Florida and Texas).
Young children are at greatest risk of being hit by a vehicle because they are smaller, less visible, and may be unpredictable. Parker Waichman has many Long Island Pedestrian Accident Lawyers that is familiar with all of the regulations and rules involved with pedestrian accidents in Long Island.
Construction Accidents (Labor Law)
Long Island workers who were injured on the job may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. Individuals working in the construction industry may be injured in various construction accidents such as ladder falls and scaffold falls. A construction accident lawsuit may be filed alleging negligence or strict liability. Construction employees in New York have legal protections under Labor Law 240 and 241. Labor Law 240 involves construction injuries that occur at high elevations when a building is being erected or repaired. Labor Law 241 generally involves strict liability, where a worker was injured because an employer or third-party failed to follow safety regulations.
According to a January 2017 report released by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), construction fatalities are increasing in both New York State and New York City. Construction accident deaths are related to safety violations, among other things. The Long Island Labor Law Injury Lawyers at Parker Waichman are familiar with Long Island laws and will work to help secure the compensation for on-the-job injuries.
What if you were injured due to a defective or dangerous product? The Long Island product liability lawyers at Parker Waichman have decades of experience in product liability, in which a manufacturer is liable for injuries caused by its product. The product may be defective due to its design, or it is made dangerous in the manufacturing process. Additionally, a product liability lawsuit may be filed due to inadequate instructions or warnings.
Product liability lawsuits may involve drugs, medical devices, as well as consumer products. For example, a lawsuit may allege that a device maker failed to warn about a certain complication associated with their product. Similarly, a consumer may file a lawsuit if their car contains a defective component, causing injuries. In New York, a product liability lawsuit may be filed under negligence, breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty or strict liability.
Slip, Trip & Fall Accidents
Under premises liability, a property owner is liable for injuries due to negligence. Examples include slip and fall or trip and fall accidents. You may be able to file a slip and fall accident lawsuit if you were injured due to unsafe conditions on a Long Island property. Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents often occur in or around apartment buildings, private residences, businesses (such as stores, shopping malls or supermarkets), parks or the workplace. Slip, trip and fall accidents also occur more frequently during the winter, when weather conditions are icy and treacherous.
For example, an individual may slip and fall on an icy sidewalk in front of an apartment building. This person may have a case if the owner failed to shovel, put down salt, or take other appropriate safety precautions within a reasonable amount of time.
If you were injured in a slip or trip and fall accident on Long Island, contact one of our Long Island Trip and Fall Accident Lawyers to discuss whether you have a case. An accident must meet certain criteria to pursue litigation. Generally, a property owner is liable for an injury caused by negligence; oftentimes this means that the person was injured due to an unsafe condition and the owner knew about this condition but failed to address it within a reasonable timeframe.
Filing a Long Island Accident
If you or someone you know is interested in filing a personal injury lawsuit involving an accident that occurred on Long Island, contact one of our Long Island accident attorneys today. Parker Waichman offers free, no-obligation case evaluations. For more information, fill out our online form or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
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