Queens Collisions with Animals Accidents

Most drivers have experienced a dog, cat, rabbit, or even a deer dart in front of their cars. In some cases the driver is able to avoid the animal, while in other cases the driver hits the animal. Whether the collision involves a dog, cat, deer, or cow, a collision with an animal can lead to a substantial amount of damage to your vehicle and serious personal injury to you and your passengers. In addition, hitting an animal or swerving to avoid an animal may cause you to collide with another vehicle or a pedestrian. Like any other type of car accident, a collision involving an animal can cause the victim to suffer a serious injury such as a traumatic brain injury, broken or crushed bones, lacerations from broken glass, or a back or spinal cord injury. These types of injuries involve long recovery times, with the victim being unable to work for weeks or even months. However, under New York law victims of car accidents are allowed to seek compensation from the person whose negligence resulted in the accident. If you are in need of a New York Injury Lawyer because you or a family member was injured in a collision with an animal it is important to contact an experienced Queens Collisions with Animals Accidents Lawyer who will help ensure that the person responsible for your losses is held accountable. In addition, in the course of getting treatment for car accident injuries, unfortunately in some cases the victim suffers further injuries at the hands of his or her doctor. If during the course of the treatment for your injuries your doctor commits medical malpractice, the party responsible for your car accident injuries may be required to compensate you for the medical malpractice injury as well.

Types of animal car accidents

Animal car accidents can involve a wild animal or an animal that is a pet or livestock. The type of animal involved in the accident is an important factor in determining liability.

  • Collisions with deer and other wild animals. Each year in New York there are over 50,000 collisions with deer each year. When a driver hits a deer or swerves to avoid a deer or other while animal, and as a result causes personal injury, there is typically no one to blame or file a claim against. Thus, the driver will have to rely on his or her own insurance to cover damages. However, an injured passenger may have a claim against the driver who hit the wild animal. Similarly, an occupant of another vehicle may have a claim against a driver who swerved to avoid hitting a wild animal.
  • Collisions with livestock and pets. Some animal collisions are caused when a dog, cat, horse or some other type of pet or livestock wanders onto a road. Because such animals are required to be restrained, the owner of such animal would face legal liability for losses suffered if a driver hits the animal or swerves to avoid the animal.
Pursuing a claim

Victims injured in accidents involving animals suffer serious injuries and are often left in deep debt because of the substantial medical bills and the inability to work for an extended time period. However, holding the parties responsible for the accident will help alleviate financial stress caused by the accident. Through a personal injury lawsuit you may be able to recover damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, as well as pain and suffering. In special cases punitive damages may be available as well. Even if your accident involved a wild animal, it is important to take steps to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation available from insurance.

If your loved one died in the accident, the decedent's personal representative may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim on behalf of his or her estate.

Beware that New York law has a specific time limit for filing a claim in a personal injury case. If you do not file your claim within the time period, you will be forever barred from collecting damages even if your case has merit.

Queens Collisions with Animals Accidents Lawyer

A personal injury lawsuit stemming from a car accident where an animal was involved can be complicated. Besides simply determining if the animal was a pet or wild animal, there are other factors that must be reviewed to ensure that your rights are protected. If you were injured in such an accident it is critical that you contact an attorney who not only has experience handing car accidents, but is also familiar with the medical issues victims of such accidents experience. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your car accident. We serve those injured in accidents in the following locations:

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