Car accident injuries can range from mild to severe and in some cases, permanent. Our local auto accident lawyers have witnessed the life-altering effects of injuries caused by car accidents. These injuries may include broken bones, head trauma, internal bleeding, emergency surgery, severe neck and back injuries, and even death.
Dealing with the aftermath of a motor vehicle collision can be extremely painful, frustrating, and time-consuming. Car accident victims often have to:
- Deal with insurance company claims
- Cover vehicle repair bills and other property damage
- Manage injuries and medical care that interfere with daily life
- Miss work (and lose wages)
- Lose out on time with family and loved ones
At the Law Offices of Eric Richman, we work for car accident victims during their recovery by advocating for their right to compensation. If you have been in a car crash, you deserve proper medical care and the opportunity to recover damages for your pain and suffering. While you focus on healing and getting back to work, our expert car accident attorneys can deal with insurance companies and lawsuits against parties responsible for your trauma.
Car Accident Questions
If a party is not fully liable for the accident, then there may be a chance for them to get some compensation financially. Accidents are rarely the sole fault of a single party, but instead the fault is usually shared between a number of parties involved. Even if you are not sure whether you are eligible to get any compensation, it is worth speaking to a professional.
It is rare that a car accident case makes its way to trial, as there is usually a settlement reached prior to the trial stage. However, it’s wise to prepare like the case will go all the way to trial.
Under New York’s Vehicle and Traffic Law, if a car accident resulted in injury or death, the drivers are obligated to contact the police and report the accident. It’s generally advised to contact the police immediately after a car accident takes place, even if there don’t appear to be any injuries or any damage to the vehicles. If the other driver has left the accident scene, you can still call the local police department’s non-emergency number or visit a police station.
Additionally, a car accident that results in injury or death or over $1,000 in property damage, must be reported to the New York DMV.
Under Civil Practice Law & Rules of New York, Section 214, if you’ve been in a car accident and want to seek personal injury damages in court, you must file a lawsuit within three years of the date of the accident.
However, if you want to make a claim against a government entity, there’s a 3-month deadline starting from the day of the accident to file a Notice of Claim.
Every case is unique. This is not attorney or legal advice. In order to make a full and proper determination regarding your time to file suit, please contact The Law Offices of Eric Richman.
If You’ve Been Injured in a Car Crash
New York law requires all motorists to carry Personal Injury Protection (or no-fault) insurance, but PIP might not provide compensation for pain and suffering. Some vehicle operators may not be properly insured. That is why hiring an attorney after a car accident is critical.
Our expert New York car accident lawyers will assist you in building a strong case based on solid evidence. We may collect evidence by visiting the scene of the accident with experts and/or photographing and measuring the scene.
We are passionate advocates for our clients and their families, and we present claims in a detailed and comprehensive manner. In some cases, our car accident attorneys are able to pursue damages outside of those listed below. These include past, present, and future medical expenses, loss of earnings potential or wages, and related out-of-pocket costs.
As expert auto accident lawyers, we help our clients obtain appropriate compensation for the following areas: