Car Accident Lawyer

Car accidents are a leading cause of serious injury and death on US highways. In 2011, the most recent year for which New York State statistics are available, 307,550 auto accidents resulted in 1,153 deaths and 177,445 injuries. New York City alone had 73,060 auto accidents, with 268 fatalities and 69,955 injuries.

In mere seconds, a car accident can change, or even end, a life. Beyond the property damage often involved, even low-speed accidents can cause substantial injuries and medical expenses, and temporary or permanent impairments. By limiting the ability to work, auto accidents can mean lost income and reduced earnings potential.

Reckless, careless and overly aggressive drivers pose a real hazard to other drivers and pedestrians. Driving at unsafe speeds causes an estimated 10% of accidents in New York. Impaired or distracted drivers are also responsible for a large share of accidents. Alcohol-related crashes in 2011 killed 362 people statewide and injured 6,121.

Other crashes involve drugs and fatigue. The National Safety Council has estimated cellphone use contributes to about 28% of car accidents; texting drivers pose another serious threat. Improperly maintained cars, defective vehicles and parts, and poorly designed roads may also play a part in accidents.

Car Accident Law in New York

New York's no-fault law in most cases allows claimants in car accidents (but not motorcycle accidents) to seek up to $50,000 over a three-year period, regardless of who was at fault, for economic damages such as medical expenses, part of lost wages, and other incidentals. There are strict time limits for filing a no-fault application.

Ordinary no-fault benefits do not cover property damage, medical or rehabilitation expenses above $50,000, or "non-economic" damages like pain and suffering. Under New York law, to receive compensation for pain and suffering, a "serious injury" must be proved, such as death, dismemberment, disfigurement, fracture, permanent loss or limitation of a body part’s or system’s use or function, or a medically determined injury or impairment that prevents performing most normal activities for 90 days or more.

Even if you file a no-fault claim, you may recover additional compensation for your injuries in a car accident caused by a negligent driver or other preventable cause, but only if it can be negotiated with the at-fault party’s insurance company, or by going to court.

Free Consultation: Experienced New York Car City Accident Lawyer

If you were injured in a car accident and want help obtaining the compensation to which you may be entitled, call the Law Office of Shane D. Scott, PC toll-free at 800-230-0744 for a free consultation with an experienced New York car accident attorney.

There is never any risk or obligation to you. If you retain us to work on your car accident case, we will make sure you understand the issues and the process involved. You will not have to pay us attorney’s fees unless we obtain a satisfactory settlement for you or win your case in court.

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