Car Accident Attorneys In New York
Thousands of injuries and an increasing number of deaths occur annually due to car accidents. An array of factors may contribute to these increasing numbers such as a failure to properly pay attention when driving, reckless driving, speeding, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving while talking on or texting with a cell phone, disobeying traffic signals or road signs.
Drivers may also become impaired due to dangerous weather conditions.
New York No-Fault Law
In New York, the No-Fault Law is applicable to vehicle accidents and enables accident victims to receive some compensation for medical expenses, time off from work, and other incidental expenses, regardless of who caused the accident. In other cases, such as when the injured person has a claim for pain, suffering, or disability, the compensation available under the no-fault coverage may be insufficient. Parker Waichman has had roots in New York and is fully knowledgeable concerning No-Fault Law details.
Parker Waichman LLP has long and successfully represented car accident victims. Our New York City accident attorneys work hard to determine the cause of the auto accident, to pursue liable parties, to create a meaningful strategy to receive compensation, to manage insurance companies, and to work toward favorable results for our clients so that they are able to focus on their recovery and return to their lives.
Types of Car Accidents
Head-on collisions are, according to the U.S Census Bureau, the most dangerous and deadly of all motor vehicle accidents. Injuries resulting from head-on collisions often lead to long-term or permanent disability or death. Texting while driving has also become among the most dangerous distractions for United States drivers and has led to many deadly crashes involving text messaging and other mobile phone use while driving.
Road rage accidents are another type of extremely serious vehicular accident that involves one driver acting out an intentional disregard for the safety of other drivers and pedestrians and with the full knowledge that his or her driving actions may lead to an accident.
Road rage is an attack by one driver of a motor vehicle against the driver or passenger or passengers of another motor vehicle and may lead to criminal charges. Reckless drivers may be found to be reckless if they are found to be driving in a threatening manner that leads to a car accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as a succession of unlawful driving actions that include speeding; improper passing or lane changing, excessive lane changing, and failing to signal.
When being faced with potential road rage, attempt to remove yourself from the situation; do not make gestures, avoid eye contact, and do not challenge the driver; and report the behavior.
Another type of serious car accident involves high-speed driving, which has been involved in some 30 percent of all deadly crashes in 2004, according to NHTSA. In this type of a crash, the vehicle itself is subject to such severe force that the car’s structure is unable to protect passengers from harm.
Drunk driving accidents are also among one of the leading causes of injuries and death and typically involve drunk drivers speeding, driving below the speed limit, improperly turning into traffic, not stopping at red lights or stop signs, tailgating and rear ending vehicles, weaving in and out of traffic without regard to lanes, driving on the wrong side of the road, and ignoring yield signs. In some cases, the alcohol supplier may be found negligent, depending on the circumstances.
Side impact collisions are serious accidents that are responsible for approximately 8,500 deaths annually. A side impact collision is also known as a t-bone and most side impacts take place at intersections when one driver fails to yield at a stop sign or red light. Accident severity is dependent on the oncoming vehicle’s speed and weight and at what point on the vehicle the car was hit.
Falling asleep at the wheel is the cause of about four percent of fatal crashes and hundreds of injuries annually. Truck drivers are of considerable concern as they are known to often drive when fatigued.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently implemented rules that is meant to limit the number of hours in which a driver is allowed to be on the road.
Rollover accidents may be the result of a defect in a road, or a design or manufacturing defect.
Car Accident Injuries
Harmed parties may incur costly medical bills for serious and sometimes life-threatening injuries including broken bones, lacerations, soft tissue damage amputated limbs, head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and death.
Serious automobile accidents cause significant problems to accident victims, their families, and their loved ones. Injuries may lead to emotional, financial, and employment damage, as well as recuperation time, physical and psychological therapy, and hospital stays that may last for long periods of time, even a lifetime.
Some serious injuries may alter the life, health, and career of individuals injured in a car crash.
Auto Accidents May Lead to Financial Injury
Auto accidents often leave survivors facing unexpected financial issues due to property damage, medical bills, lost wages and potential loss of future earnings. Many injured individuals may be left with no transportation and are faced with the costs of car rental, the purchase of another car, or use of public transportation, or they may be faced with the inability to drive.
If You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident
If you, or someone you know, have been injured in a New York auto accident, be sure to speak with one of the experienced personal injury auto accident attorneys at Parker Waichman who will help you understand your rights and provide a free consultation. Please complete the contact form on the right or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) for a free case evaluation.
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