Nassau County Auto Accident
On average over 30,000 people are killed in car, SUV, minivan and small truck accidents each year in the United States. Thousands more suffer life-altering injuries. In some cases the accident involves two cars, while in other cases the accident involves a car and a motorcycle, or a car and a pedestrian. Regardless of whether the accident involves another car, motorcycle or pedestrian, a serious car accident may leave you with a severe injury such as a back injury, neck injury, broken bones, or even paralysis. Despite the chaos of an auto accident and its aftermath, it is important for victims to understand what they must do in order to preserve their legal rights. For example, it is critical to adhere to statutory deadlines in order to ensure that any claims are not barred by the statute of limitations. If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer because you have been injured in an auto accident immediately contact an experienced Nassau County auto accident lawyer to ensure that any legal claims you have against the person who caused the accident are pursued in accordance with New York's legal requirements.Auto accident liability
Auto accidents are governed by tort law and are based primarily on the principle of negligence. Negligence is defined as the lack of using ordinary care. The test is whether an individual failed to use an ordinary degree of care that a reasonably prudent person would use under similar circumstances. This can include an act, or a failure to act.Causes of auto accidents
Nearly every car accident is caused by negligence. There are many ways that negligence could lead to an accident. A common type of negligence is failure to use reasonable care while operating a motor vehicle. Examples of such negligence include:
- Failure to stop at a red light or stop sign
- Failure to signal when turning
- Failure to follow the speed limit
- Driving a car under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Talking on a cell phone while driving
- Texting while driving
- Violation of some other traffic law
In addition, auto accidents can also roadway hazards such as where there is a faulty design in the road, poor signage, or debris in the roadway. In addition, auto accidents caused by a defect in the design of the vehicle or a problem in the way the car was manufactured could lead to a product liability claim.Consequences of auto accidents
Physical injury and property damages are the most obvious consequences of a serious car accident. Unfortunately, you will also likely have to deal with the financial consequences of the accident. Fortunately, the law allows victims to pursue compensation from the negligent party in a car accident in a personal injury lawsuit. Oftentimes the medical expenses are significant and are not always covered by insurance. In addition, your medical expenses will likely not be limited to the bills you incurred in the days and weeks immediately following the accident, but in some cases you may continue to incur medical expenses months and even years following the accident. Along with a serious injury comes compensable pain and suffering. Pain and suffering is not only the physical pain that you experience, but also the emotional stress that accompanies a serious injury and recovery from it. To make matters even worse, you may be unable to work for an extended period, resulting in a loss of wages. In some cases the injury may permanently affect your ability to perform the same type of work you did prior to the accident, negatively affecting your future earning potential.
The most painful of consequence of a serious car accident is the loss of a loved one. The emotional impact is indescribable. However, the loss of a loved one may also create an additional financial stress on the family as there may also be a loss of that loved one's income. In a wrongful death lawsuit you will be able to seek compensation for both the emotional and economic losses suffered when a loved one passes away as a result of another's negligence.Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates
A personal injury case can be complicated relying on complex evidentiary issues and the nuances of personal injury law. Whether you or a loved was injured in an auto accident, motorcycle accident, or truck accident contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates to discuss your legal options. Our staff is experienced in handling personal injury cases in New York courts. 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.