Car Accident Lawyers in Nassau County, New York
Nassau County in New York is home to over 1.3 million individuals (according to 2015 statistics) all packed into an area of just over 453 square miles. One cannot go anywhere in Nassau County or Long Island in general without running into other individuals. Whether a person is a visitor to Nassau County or a regular resident, he or she will need to become used to being in close proximity to others. This means, too, that individuals in Nassau County must accept that car accidents can and will occur with regularity within the county.
Drivers and passengers alike may have legal rights to receive compensation following a car collision in Nassau County. Parker Waichman LLP can help these injury victims begin to put their lives back together by helping them obtain a monetary damages award from the individual responsible for causing the car collision.
What Leads to Nassau County Car Accidents?
The simple truth of the matter is that many of the car collisions that occur every day in Nassau County come about because one or more people make bad decisions. Whether these bad decisions occur because the circumstances leave the person with no good options or whether the bad decision is the result of poor judgment, the result is often the same: a car accident that can leave drivers and passengers alike with devastating injuries.
These types of motor vehicle collisions can result from decisions to:
- Disregard laws, traffic devices, and traffic signals: Laws to control the speed or direction of travel of vehicles and traffic signs like stop signs and yield signs (for instance) are meant to allow vehicles to travel on packed or narrow roads safely. Choosing to ignore these laws is not only a careless decision, but it is also one that makes a traffic collision more likely to occur.
- Driving while distracted: More and more drivers are using cell phones to send and receive text messages while behind the wheel. However, cell phones are not the only thing that can be a source of distraction for drivers: radios, construction zones, noisy passengers or fussy children can also take a driver’s focus away from driving. Anytime this occurs, the chance of a car accident occurring increases.
- Driving while inebriated or intoxicated: Obviously, beer, liquor, and other alcoholic drinks can make a driver sleepy, increase the driver’s reaction time, and impairs the driver’s decision-making abilities. These same effects can also be caused by drugs and prescription medications. Taking any of these substances and then getting in a car to drive is a terrible idea that can put not only the person’s own health and safety at risk but the health and safety of everyone else on the road as well.
Car accidents in Nassau County can also come about because of poorly-maintained roadways, cars with defects being driven without being properly repaired, streets that are not illuminated adequately, and/or highways that are missing appropriate signage or control devices. Car accidents caused by “unusual” circumstances can still entitle the injured party to recover compensation for his or her injuries. Speaking with Parker Waichman LLP is the best way for car collision injury victims to assure themselves of the firm’s breadth of experience, which enables the firm to handle Nassau County car accident cases that may appear to be troublesome or difficult to prove.
Common Losses After a Nassau County Car Collision
Aside from minor “fender benders,” most every car accident in Nassau County will result in some loss to the injured party. These losses can include the costs of medical appointments, evaluations, and treatments, missing a day or more from work, and the expenses associated with prescription drugs or painkillers, just to name a few. In most cases, the injured party’s own insurance will cover these expenses. This is because New York is considered a “no-fault” insurance state. Because of this, there are some Nassau County car accident injury victims who will not be able to file a lawsuit. These include injured persons whose injuries are not permanent and/or debilitating.
Serious car wrecks in Nassau County can, however, leave a person with injuries that can only be described as life-altering. These include the loss of limbs (hands, feet, arms, legs, etc.), pelvic injuries that permanently affect the person’s ability to walk, burns, and deep lacerations that result in scars and disfigurement. Any of these injuries are likely to require extensive medical treatment (including one or more surgeries), long periods of recovery (during which the person may not be able to work or do many of the activities and hobbies he or she used to enjoy), and may include counseling or mental health therapy to address depression, anxiety, or other similar “unseen” consequences of these traumatic injuries.
Where a car collision does cause these severe and extensive injuries, a car accident lawsuit may be the best option for the injury victim to receive the funds he or she needs to address the financial costs and losses associated with his or her injuries. Compensation can be obtained for physical, emotional, mental, and other similar losses attributable to one’s car accident injuries. In car accident cases resulting in serious injuries, the limits of one’s own insurance policy (or the limits of the at-fault driver’s policy) are often insufficient to cover all of these losses and costs, and it is unfair to expect the injury victim (who may or may not have done anything wrong) to foot the bill. While the recovery process may be longer through the courts than it is through an insurance company’s claim process, a successful car accident injury lawsuit will often leave the injury victim in a much more secure financial position.
What Does a Nassau County Car Collision Law Firm Do?
When an injury victim files a car accident lawsuit, financial recovery is not guaranteed. The lawsuit is successful (and the victim receives a monetary compensation award) when the injury victim comes forward and produces enough evidence to convince a judge or jury that: (1) another driver or other person acted in a way that was negligent, i.e., in a way that any other reasonable person would not have acted under the circumstances; (2) this negligent behavior was the sole cause or at least the primary cause of the car collision; and (3) the victim suffered some injury or loss as a result of the car collision and this injury or loss can be compensated financially. (Note that a car accident injury victim in Nassau County may still be entitled to recover some compensation if the victim him- or herself acted negligently, too. So long as someone else’s actions are the primary cause of the car crash and the victim’s resulting injuries, the victim may have a right to bring a lawsuit.)
Retaining a proficient Nassau County car accident law firm like Parker Waichman LLP is the first step in recovering compensation through a collision lawsuit. Parker Waichman LLP can:
- Assist in inquiring into the cause of a car accident and determining who may be responsible;
- Collect medical records and documents along with other paperwork that may be necessary in order to calculate and prove the extent of the victim’s injuries;
- Represent and speak on behalf of injury victims during court proceedings as well as settlement negotiations; and
- Answer questions about a victim’s rights and recovery process and help the victim recover any damages awarded by the court.
These are but a few of the many services that Parker Waichman LLP can offer to Nassau County car collision injury victims and their families.
What Makes Parker Waichman LLP Stand Out from the Rest?
Parker Waichman LLP provides unparalleled representation to Nassau County car accident victims. This commitment to its clients is what has led to Parker Waichman LLP receive the following recognitions:
- We received an “8” out of a perfect “10” rating on the national-ranking website Avvo;
- We have been honored and featured in the Best Lawyers publication;
- We have a “5 Dragons” (out of a possible 5 Dragons) from rating site Lawdragon.com;
- We’ve achieved Martindale-Hubbell®’s prestigious “Preeminent Lawyers” AV Peer Review rating from
Together, these accolades tell Nassau County car accident injury victims that Parker Waichman LLP will truly come alongside them during this difficult time, take the time to understand their needs and concerns and work tirelessly until the client obtains his or her compensation award.
Take Advantage of Parker Waichman LLP’s Free Initial Nassau County Car Accident Case Evaluation
Parker Waichman LLP offers potential car accident clients in Nassau County a free initial case evaluation. This is offered prior to the potential client signing any retainer agreement with the firm so that the victim can learn the rights he or she has and how Parker Waichman LLP intends to help him or her receive monetary compensation.
What is more, Parker Waichman LLP accepts car collision cases from Nassau County on a contingency-fee basis. This means victims do not have to pay any attorney’s fees to the firm unless the firm assists the victim in bringing a successful lawsuit. If the victim is not able to recover any compensation, then Parker Waichman LLP takes the loss, and the victim does not owe the firm no matter how many hours the firm invested in the victim’s case. Parker Waichman LLP wants to make it as easy and comfortable as possible for Nassau County car accident victims to come forward and get the compensation they deserve.
How Quickly Must You File a Car Accident Lawsuit in Nassau County?
Victims who have been hurt in a car accident in Nassau County know that the weeks and months immediately following the collision are a whirlwind of activity as surgeries are scheduled and carried out, follow-up appointments are made and kept, and employers are notified of needed absences. This is unfortunate because the law mandates that Nassau County car collision victims file their lawsuits (if they are entitled to do so) within three years of the date of their car accidents – regardless of how severe or debilitating their injuries are. While there are some exceptions to this three-year deadline, most do not apply in the typical car accident case.
Meeting this three-year deadline requires that a petition for damages be filed and served on the person or people responsible for the crash in a timely manner. Parker Waichman LLP handles this critical step on behalf of its clients so that clients can rest easy knowing their lawsuits are being filed on time.
Speak with Parker Waichman LLP About your Nassau County Car Accident Today
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