NY Car Accident Attorneys
5 crucial reasons to hire a New York City car accident lawyer
Car accidents are complicated legal cases requiring professional advice
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident in New York, you need an experienced NYC automobile accident lawyer to help you preserve your rights and to fight for the compensation you are entitled to get under New York law for your medical and other accident-related expenses and for your injuries. There are so many variables involved in car accidents that affect the outcome of any claims arising from them, and the best way to handle a particular auto accident case is different depending on the individual circumstances. As a result, it is essential to seek advice from a NYC car accident lawyer that has a broad range of experience with many types of accidents and injuries to make sure your rights are fully protected and you are compensated for all of the injuries you sustained.
Auto accident cases need to be handled right the first time
It is also critical that procedural and filing requirements are handled the right way, because a victim only has one opportunity to seek compensation for all injuries and damages that arise from an accident. If a deadline is missed or an injury is not properly documented by gathering information from witnesses, taking photographs, and seeking the appropriate medical treatment, for example, the chance to recover damages may be lost forever.
The cost of car accident-related medical treatment can reach well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the severity of injuries suffered can range from temporary discomfort to chronic problems to permanent disability or even death. The risk is too great not to seek the advice of an experienced New York auotmobile accident lawyer if you’ve been injured.
The causes and circumstances of an accident will affect what damages you can recover
Some of the most common causes of car accidents include:
- drowsy driving
- drunk driving
- distracted driving
- improper lane changes
- failure to obey traffic signs and signal
- failure to yield to drivers with the right-of-way
There are, however, many other causes, and what caused the car accident may affect the compensation you can seek for your injuries. In addition to causes there are many other circumstances why it is pertinant to call an auto accident lawyer. Some accidents involve those without car insurance. In these situations, you may still be covered in some situations. A New York car accident lawyer from Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, PC can help you understand whether another insurance covers your auto accident.
The mechanism of injury and causes of injury affect the types of injuries sustained
The types of injury caused will vary depending on the “mechanism of injury,” or what physical forces were in play when the accident happened. Factors influencing the mechanism of injury include:
- the speed of the car
- the force of the impact
- the placement and angle of impact (whether the collision was head-on, rear-end, offset, or side-impact, also known as a “T-Bone” collision)
- the positions of the people in the car at the time of impact
- whether the driver and passengers were restrained by seat belts and/or airbags
There can be one or many causes of injury in an auto accident, and you must pursue claims with any person or entity who was all or part of the cause of an accident to be fully compensated for your injuries. A car accident victim could have a number of claims resulting from one accident against:
- Other drivers, pedestrians or people who created a situation you had to avoid
- The owner of a building or business that wasn’t properly maintained or created a hazard
- The manufacturer of the vehicle, seat belts or air bags
- Those who handled the servicing and/or repair of the car
- The transportation authority for inadequate or faulty signs or traffic signals
- A government entity for a contributory condition of the roadway
Not all injuries are immediately obvious
To further complicate matters, there are as many types of injuries and parts of the body affected by car accidents as there are causes of the accidents themselves, and the injuries sustained depend heavily on the circumstances of each individual auto accident. Injuries to the brain, neck, back, hip, knee and leg are some of the most common, but every part of the body is vulnerable depending on how the car accident happened. Injuries to bones are easy to see, while injuries to soft tissues like muscles, ligaments and tendons, and injuries to internal organs are not always apparent immediately after the auto accident and this is why it is vital to speak with an expericed New York City car accident lawyer. Soft tissue and internal injuries are no less serious or painful, and require no less diligent care just because they aren’t felt right away or visible to the naked eye.
No-fee, no-obligation legal consultation
Barasch, McGarry, Salzman & Penson, PC, offers victims of injuries a no-fee, no-obligation legal consultation. Contact our seasoned, experienced car accident attorneys for a review of your case toll free at (888) 746-8212.