The skilled auto accident injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP handle automobile accident cases in Westchester County and throughout New York. Our nationally recognized plaintiff’s personal injury law firm has litigated New York vehicle accident claims for decades, including numerous cases on behalf of residents of Westchester County. If you were injured in an automobile accident in Westchester County, call our law firm today to discuss your potential claim with one of our experienced lawyers.
Types of Automobile Accidents in Westchester County, New York
In our expansive personal injury practice, we have represented people harmed in multiple types of vehicle accidents. While no two cases are identical, our attorneys have found that many accidents in Westchester County have similar causes. More often than not, the primary cause is driver negligence. Parker Waichman’s attorneys are particularly experienced in litigating the following types of automobile accident cases:
Drunk Driving Accidents
Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is both illegal and widely accepted as extremely dangerous, but drivers do not always make the right choices after using drugs or alcohol. Due to impaired judgment when driving under the influence, these drivers are prone to causing severe crashes. Drunk driving accidents statistically result in more serious injuries than other types of accidents. Statistics show that people involved in drunk driving accidents in Westchester County also tend to require more extensive medical treatment that comes at a high cost.
Distracted Driving Accidents
Because of the prevalence of cell phone use, while driving, distracted driving has risen to the top of vehicle accident causes in Westchester County, New York. People think they have enough time to read or send a short message, but they cover a lot more ground than they realize during that time. Distracted driving also includes activities like eating, changing radio stations, reading emails, talking to other people in the car, and fidgeting with items in the car. Any inattention to the road can result in a severe crash.
Drowsy Driving Accidents
Drowsy or fatigued driving is a more serious problem than many people believe. Losing even a few hours of sleep in one night can impair a person’s driving and place him or her at risk of causing a vehicle accident. Drivers must pay attention to their alertness and take the time to rest if they’re feeling too drowsy to be behind the wheel safely.
Reckless Driving Accidents
Reckless driving and road rage can easily lead to car crashes and significant damage. When drivers engage in dangerous behavior like weaving in and out of traffic, driving erratically, or driving too fast, they are putting themselves and other motorists in danger. Depending on the speeds being traveled, these accidents can lead to vehicle roll-overs and severe injuries.
Traffic Violation Accidents
Many vehicle accidents in Westchester County can be attributed to drivers’ failure to observe or follow traffic laws. Sometimes, drivers violate traffic laws because they are engaging in other hazardous behavior behind the wheel, i.e., running a red light while driving intoxicated. Traffic lights, signs, and speed limits are all in place for the safety of New York motorists, and they should be closely followed.
Westchester County Accident Injuries and Costs
Injuries from vehicle accidents can range from mild to severe, depending on the circumstances of the crash. Speed, vehicle type, collision force, and direction traveled all factor into the injuries accident victims will ultimately suffer. Parker Waichman’s lawyers have successfully represented people who have suffered the following injuries in Westchester County vehicle accidents:
- Bruises and abrasions
- Broken or dislocated bones/joints
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Internal bleeding
These injury accidents occur with some frequency in the county. The New York State Department of Health recently compiled information on collisions in Westchester County, and the results show vehicle accidents are no small problem. In 2014, the following took place every month in Westchester County:
- 2 people died as a result of traffic-related crashes
- 24 people were hospitalized because of automobile accident injuries
- 331 people were treated in an emergency department for injuries from automobile crashes
In total in 2014, 26 people died, 289 people were hospitalized, and 3,966 people were treated in an emergency department because of vehicle accidents in Westchester County. These figures show the devastating physical effects of vehicle accidents in the county, but the damage from people’s injuries doesn’t stop there. Auto accident injuries also have tremendous financial consequences for victims and their families.
In 2014, hospital bills for auto accident injuries in Westchester County totaled more than $36 million, and emergency department bills for accident injuries in the same year totaled more than $18 million. On average in 2014, the total bill for a person admitted to a Westchester County hospital for treatment of vehicle accident injuries was approximately $125,796. This incredible cost means that injured people must also suffer significant stress in trying to find a way to pay their medical bills. Families are harmed in multiple ways when drivers act negligently, and our attorneys work to pick up the pieces for our clients.
Statute of Limitations on Westchester Auto Accident Claims
Before filing a lawsuit related to your vehicle accident injuries, you have to look into the statute of limitations applicable to your case. Westchester County cases are controlled by the statute of limitations laws for the state of New York. New York generally allows three years for filing vehicle accident lawsuits in court, but many factors can change the filing deadline in your particular case.
The best way to be sure you understand the right date by which to file is to hire an experienced Westchester County accident attorney. Parker Waichman’s lawyers diligently calculate the statutes of limitations on all new auto accident cases to be sure we have enough time to build winning cases for our clients. Contact us today to discuss your potential claims.
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If you were or a loved one was injured in a vehicle accident in Westchester County, contact Parker Waichman LLP today for your free consultation by filling out our online form or by calling 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
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