Long Island Car Accident Lawyer
When you’ve been injured in an auto wreck, you need to know how to get the compensation that will pay for your recovery and get your life back on track. Work with a Long Island car accident lawyer to get all the compensation you’re entitled to.
A car accident can be a major disruption to your life that puts everything at risk. In the best-case scenario, you wind up with a major headache and unforeseen car repair bills. In the worst-case scenario, you or a loved one may be seriously injured—even killed. A car crash can cause lasting physical, financial, and emotional challenges that last for years after the initial impact.
A car accident lawyer from Siler & Ingber, LLP will understand the difficult situation that your auto wreck presents and will fight to get you a settlement that can restore your peace of mind and financial wellbeing. Our firm can be a partner who walks with you through this difficult time, and you can count on us to get you the money you deserve.
Laws in New York That Can Affect Your Case
When you work with a Long Island car accident lawyer from our firm, the first thing we will do is review the facts of your case and begin an investigation to determine who was responsible and how to proceed.
New York is a “no fault” car insurance state. This means that no matter who was at fault in your accident, both parties must first seek compensation from their own insurer before filing a personal injury claim. An injured party is eligible to file a claim beyond the no-fault system and seek compensation from those at fault if damages exceed $50,000; the injured party shows evidence of serious injury, disability, or disfigurement; or the accident resulted in a death.
Your Long Island accident lawyer will know how significant the damage caused by your collision can be and how the bills can pile up—and keep coming—afterward. We will work to make sure all of the financial hardships imposed by your accident are accounted for, and we will work to get you the settlement you deserve.
The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in New York is three years. If you’ve suffered injuries due to a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, it’s important not to let the statute of limitations on your injury claim run out.
Types of Car Crashes
Any type of wreck can be extremely unsettling. A Long Island car accident lawyer from our office will have experience representing victims of all types of accidents and identifying fault, including any of the following:
- Rear-End Collisions – Rear-end collisions often occur when one car is following another too closely, or when the car in front makes a sudden stop. These accidents can cause significant damage to vehicles, and drivers of rear-ended cars also frequently experience whiplash.
- T-Bone Accidents – Side-impact accidents occur when the front of one vehicle strikes the side of another. Common sites of T-bone accidents are intersections where one vehicle failed to make a proper stop.
- Sideswipes – Sideswipe accidents occur when the sides of two cars collide. This may happen if an inattentive driver drifts into another lane, for example. It’s common for distracted driving to be involved in these wrecks, although many other factors, such as poor road conditions could be to blame.
- Head-On Collisions – These collisions occur when the front ends of two vehicles collide, and they are especially dangerous. Head-on collisions frequently result in significant injury, such as spinal cord or traumatic brain injury—or even death.
- Rollover Accidents – A car with a high center of gravity, such as a van or an SUV, is more likely to experience a rollover accident, during which a vehicle loses its grip on the road and rolls over, possibly several times. While defective vehicle or road design is sometimes to blame, a rollover could just as easily be caused by one driver forcing another off the road.
Identifying What Caused Your Collision
No matter the type of accident you’ve suffered, you shouldn’t have to deal with the physical, emotional, and financial aftermath alone if another person’s negligence caused your crash and subsequent injuries. Your car accident lawyer from Long Island will identify all of the negligent parties involved in causing your wreck. This is a crucial step, as recovering full compensation requires naming them all in your claim.
All potential causes will need to be considered during the investigation, such as those described below:
- Drunk Driving – In New York, 1.4 percent of people report driving after having consumed too much alcohol. Drunk driving is a seriously negligent behavior and might qualify you to receive punitive damages to punish the intoxicated driver.
- Distracted Driving – Any driver who is engaging in behavior that takes his or her mind off the road is a distracted driver. These behaviors may include eating, texting, changing the radio station, arguing with passengers, and any number of other things.
- Drowsy Driving – Although drowsy driving is unquestionably dangerous, it is alarmingly common and is often present in crashes involving commercial trucks.
- Speeding – Speeding is another common yet undeniably dangerous behavior. It is also a decision made by the other driver, meaning that proving it will go a long way toward proving your case.
Complete Compensation for Your Injuries and Crash Damages
While an initial settlement offer from the insurance company might only cover your immediate needs, your Long Island car accident lawyer will understand your long-term needs and the money necessary for your care.
When valuing your claim, we will make certain that the compensation you receive covers all of the financial expenses incurred by the wreck and the damage done to your quality of life:
- Current and future medical bills
- Car repair or replacement costs
- Physical or emotional therapy
- Lost wages and income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and disfigurement
- Lost enjoyment of life
Long Island Car Accident FAQ
Our firm will do everything possible to address the many concerns you likely have after being injured in a motor vehicle accident. We’ve addressed a few common questions here, but if you would like to receive more direct information, please contact us to make an appointment with a Long Island car accident lawyer.
Who’s responsible if dangerous road conditions caused my crash?
If something like a pothole, improperly made shoulder, or uneven lane caused your wreck, then the government agency in charge of maintaining the road could be liable. Depending on the circumstances, a road construction company might also be at fault.
Who do I seek compensation from if I was hit by a rideshare driver?
Cases involving Uber and Lyft drivers can be complicated because you might need to file your claim against either the driver or the rideshare company, but which one will depend on the status of the rideshare app at the time of the wreck and whether the driver had a paying ride in progress.
What happens when I’ve been injured in a wreck with an uninsured driver?
If you have the appropriate coverage, an uninsured driver claim can provide you with compensation for some of your damages. This requires caution as even your own insurance company will try to lowball your settlement amount. You might also have the option to sue the other driver directly, but we’ll first need to determine if the driver has the assets to provide you with compensation.
Contact a Long Island Car Wreck Attorney
While the days and weeks after a car accident can be overwhelming, there is hope. Contact a Long Island car accident lawyer with Siler & Ingber, LLP today and begin the process of getting the compensation you deserve. Call 1-877-LAW-4343, or use the online contact form on this page to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.