Long Island Auto Accident
Each year in New York State there are well over 275,000 auto accidents. While in many cases there no one is injured, in far too many cases there are serious injuries. Some of the most common injuries include back injuries, traumatic brain injuries, bone fractures, and neck injuries. These types of injuries typically require extended, expensive treatment. Sadly, close to 1000 victims are killed in auto accidents in New York each year. There is a lot to think about in the moments immediately following a car crash. You may be focused on your injuries and the well-being of other victims. It is also important to consider what you need to do to preserve your legal rights. While you may be tempted to accept the settlement that the negligent driver’s insurance company offers, that offer may be less than a fair offer. Instead, one of the first things that you should do is contact an experienced Long Island auto accident lawyer to ensure that any legal claims you have against the person whose negligence caused the accident will be pursued in accordance with New York's legal requirements.Causes of auto accidents
While the vast majority of car, SUV, truck and motorcycle accidents are caused by negligence, there are a variety of types of negligence. Examples of some of the most commons causes of auto accidents include:
- Distracted driving: Distracted driving has become one of the most common reasons for car accidents—particularly among young drivers. When drivers take their focus away from the wrong and on to their phones, it is inevitable that accidents will ensue.
- Road defects: Large potholes, uneven pavement, and poorly designed roads can lead to drivers losing control of their vehicles and colliding with other vehicles.
- Product liability: Each year thousands of cars are recalled because of some type of defect. If the defect is related to brakes, acceleration, or the fuel system, for example, the result could be an accident with serious injuries.
- Negligence: Drivers who break traffic laws are negligent. Examples of negligent driving include speeding, tailgating, and failing to stop at a red light.
- Drunk and impaired driving: Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a contributing factor to over 30% of all traffic fatalities each year.
Serious injury is a common consequence of auto accidents. While some accidents are minor, when vehicles are traveling at 40+ miles per hour, when 2 or more come in contact with each other, more of than not victims will suffer some sort of injury. Along with serious injuries come high medical bills and missed work. Fortunately, New York law allows victims who were injured in car accidents because another person was negligent to file a personal injury claim naming the negligent person as the defendant.
As an auto accident attorney in Long Island will explain, through a personal injury claim you can hold the defendant legally accountable for their negligent actions. In doing so you can require that person to pay you compensation for the losses you suffered including:
- Medical expenses such as your doctor’s bills, emergency room fees, surgery, medication, medical equipment, rehabilitation, and counseling.
- Lost income such as missed paychecks, missed bonuses, missed promotions, lost self-employment income, and loss of future earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering including physical pain and mental suffering.
- Loss of enjoyment of life such as inability to enjoy hobbies and other activities.
- Wrongful death claim can be filed on behalf of a victim who died in a car accident.
While car accidents are common they are complex. Determining fault can be complicated, often involving conflicting witness testimony as well as accident scene evidence. Whether you or a loved was injured in an auto accident, motorcycle accident, or truck accident, contact an auto accident attorney serving Long Island at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates to discuss your legal options. There are strict time restrictions that you must follow in order to file a personal injury claim. Thus, it is important to act immediately. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.