Suffolk County Car Accident
Car, SUV, minivan and truck accidents are among the most common types of accidents. Millions of car accidents occur each year, resulting in victims suffering serious injuries such as head, back, and neck injuries, that require them to seek medical treatment and miss work. Most car accidents can be avoided as they were caused by another driver's reckless behavior such as texting while driving or driving while drunk. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates have decades of experience helping victims injured in accidents and understand that victim's are not only concerned about healing physically, they are also greatly concerned about the financial issues caused by the accident. We are here to help. If you were seriously injured in a car accident that you believe was another person's fault, immediately contact an experienced Suffolk County car accident lawyer who will fight on your behalf for maximum compensation based on the losses you suffered.Causes of car accidents
Contributing factors for car accidents vary, but by far negligence is the leading cause of car accidents. A driver is considered negligent if he or she drives carelessly, resulting in harm to another person or damage to property. There are many ways in which a person could drive negligently. New York has laws that define the "rules of the road." Should a driver violate any of these rules, he or she would have been negligent and responsible for any damage or injury that results from this negligence. For example, New York has specific rules as to which vehicle has the "right of way" under a variety of circumstances. When a driver ignores "right of way" rules, the result is often a serious collision.
It is also against the law to drive while intoxicated. Despite the stiff penalties for driving while intoxicated, and despite efforts of law enforcement, schools and nonprofit organizations to educate the public about the dangers of driving while intoxicated, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk driving remains a leading cause of car accidents and deaths in New York.Pursuing a claim
As a car accident attorney in Suffolk County will explain, if the negligence of another driver caused the car accident that resulted in your injuries, you can pursue a claim against that person for damages. To prevail, you must first show that the driver had a duty to you to drive with care. Because New York drivers are expected to drive at a reasonable, prudent speed, to keep the vehicle under control, and to obey all traffic laws in order to not cause harm to others, then all drivers have a duty to other drivers. Furthermore, you must show that the driver's negligence caused your injuries and that you suffered damages.
For example, if you had a pre-existing back injury and are also claiming that you injured your back in the car accident, you would need medical evidence that the your back injury was actually suffered in the accident or aggravated by the accident. Receipts, bills, and doctor's notes would serve as evidence of your financial loss, as would paystub and information from your employer showing missed work and lost pay.
If your auto accident was work-related accident, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. New York's workers' compensation laws state that injured parties are entitled to compensation if they sustain a work-related injury. Compensation often comes in the form of medical expenses, lost income and benefits, loss of ability to earn, and more. However, it is important to note that worker's compensation benefits are limited. Just because the accident occurred at work does not necessarily mean that you are limited to the benefit available through workers' compensation.Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates
All too often victims who suffer serious injuries in car accidents lose their careers, have a diminished quality of life, and see their personal relationships suffer. A serious accident can also cause financial devastation from mounting medical bills coupled with a decrease in income. The car accident attorneys in Suffolk County at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates are experienced in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from auto accidents. Contact us at 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.