Automobile accidents can cause debilitating injuries that place tremendous strains on families in Suffolk County. When victims and families feel like they have nowhere to turn, Parker Waichman LLP can provide a path toward relief. Our experienced Suffolk County auto accident attorneys will fight for the compensation families need to move forward after a serious vehicle crash.
Types of Automobile Accidents in Suffolk County
In our practice representing Suffolk County residents, we have advocated for people injured in numerous types of automobile accidents. The majority of collisions in Suffolk county are due to drivers engaging in dangerous driving behaviors. Our attorneys have extensive experience litigating the following types of accident cases in Suffolk County:
Drunk Driving Accidents
Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal in Suffolk County, but unfortunately, people do not always make safe choices. Drunk drivers present a serious risk to other motorists, and accidents resulting from drunk driving often involve severe injuries. In Suffolk County, people involved in drunk driving accidents are more likely to have severe injuries than victims of other types of vehicle accidents.
Distracted Driving Accidents
Eating, texting, emailing, reading, and fidgeting with the radio are examples of frequent distractions people engage in while driving. Especially when using a cell phone, taking your eyes off the road can quickly lead to a crash. Texting while driving dramatically increases your risks of causing a car accident, as does emailing, reading articles, or other cell phone use behind the wheel.
Drowsy Driving Accidents
Driving when you’re drowsy or overly tired is extremely dangerous. If you fall asleep, while at the wheel, you will quickly lose control of the vehicle and can crash into other motorists, medians, guard rails, or other objects. Drinking coffee, listening to music, or rolling down the windows do not do enough to prevent you from causing an accident when you’re too tired, so it is best to always drive on plenty of sleep.
Reckless Driving Accidents
In our fast-paced world, people are always trying to travel in as little time as possible. When people are in too big of a hurry while driving, they speed, weave in and out of traffic, change lanes without looking, and generally drive recklessly. It is only a matter of time before someone who drives this way causes a crash. Reckless driving crashes can result in severe injuries to other motorists.
Traffic Violation Accidents
Many of the auto accidents in Suffolk County occur because of drivers failing to obey or observe traffic laws and signals. Sometimes these accidents occur in conjunction with another type of dangerous driving behavior, i.e., running a red light while drunk driving. Careful attention to traffic signals, lights, and signs will always keep drivers and other motorists safer on the county’s roads.
Suffolk County Car Accident Injuries and Costs
The New York State Department of Health recently compiled information on accidents in Suffolk County, and the statistics show crashes are a real problem inside the county. In 2014, the following figures accumulated on average every week:
- 2 people died as a result of traffic-related crashes
- 19 people were hospitalized because of automobile accident injuries
- 239 people were treated in an emergency department for injuries from automobile crashes
In that year alone, a total of 126 people died, 995 people were hospitalized, and 12,406 people were treated in an emergency department because of auto accident injuries. These are harrowing figures just in terms of the physical effects on people living in Suffolk County, and studies show these accidents also have a tremendous financial effect on victims.
Vehicle accident hospitalization bills in Suffolk County totaled almost $90 million in 2014, and emergency department bills totaled more than $50 million for the same year. The average total bill for a person admitted to the hospital because of auto accident injuries in 2014 was approximately $87,000. People involved in these accidents are faced not only with serious physical injuries but also with extreme financial distress because of mounting medical bills. Often, the initial treatment is not all victims will need, so their situations become more and more difficult as bills continue to arrive in the mail.
Parker Waichman LLP understands that Suffolk County auto accident cases have multiple components and that our clients have been harmed in numerous ways. Our attorneys strive to capture the full extent of the losses our clients have suffered to make sure we seek appropriate compensation for them and their families.
If you were injured in a vehicle crash in Suffolk County, contact our experienced accident attorneys today to learn about your potential for legal recourse.
Suffolk County Accident Claims Process
Our law firm recognizes that hiring a lawyer can seem intimidating, but we assure you that our case intake process is easy and stress-free. You can simply call our office or fill out the online form on our website, and soon you will be in touch with a dedicated member of our legal team. After providing some preliminary information about what happened to you, you will have the opportunity to schedule a no-obligation consultation with an experienced Suffolk County car accident attorney at Parker Waichman LLP.
Your attorney will thoroughly investigate your potential case to provide you with the best options for moving forward with your claim. Together with your lawyer, you can decide what is the best course of action for you and your family. We work to reduce your stress by offering free consultations and contingency-fee contracts, so you never have to worry that you will receive a bill from our firm. If we are unable to pursue your claim, or if you do not receive a monetary award for your injuries, you will never owe us a cent.
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Have you or your loved one has sustained an injury due to an automobile accident in Suffolk County, contact Parker Waichman LLP today for a free consultation by filling out our online form or by calling 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
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