In a high-traffic area like New York, car accidents are inevitable and can carry along detrimental results. When negligent drivers are the cause of injuries and financial burdens, victims may want to consider potential legal claims to receive compensation. If you were involved in a car accident and sustained an injury, you need to contact an attorney to protect your future. The experienced New York personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of George Poulos are committed to walking you through each step of the personal injury claims process. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.
What do I do after car accidents in New York?
- Call 911 and obtain a police report.
- Exchange insurance information with the other motorist.
- Take pictures of both cars and any other property damage that resulted from the accident.
- Seek proper medical care and obtain documentation outlining your sustained injuries and potential recovery plan from your doctor.
- Lastly, retain the services of a knowledgeable and experienced New York personal injury attorney.
What is New York’s no-fault insurance?
When we pay for our auto insurance, we also pay for mandatory coverage referred to as “no-fault” insurance. No-fault insurance, also known as personal injury protection (PIP) covers our medical bills and lost wages immediately after the accident. This insurance policy was put in place to ensure that victims of a car accident can seek medical attention without having to worry about substantial medical expenses or the impact of their lost income. It is important to apply for these insurance benefits within 30 days of the accident. If your injuries go beyond what personal injury protection covers, you may need to consider legal options.
What is negligence?
New York requires that the motorist can prove the negligence of another driver when pursuing damages for personal injury claims. Some of the most common examples of negligent driving include the following:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Unlawful maneuvers
- Reckless speeding
- Driving while texting, eating, or putting on makeup
- Driving while tired or fatigued
Am I entitled to damages?
If you have been seriously injured as a result of a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. In order to recover damages, you must prove negligence and evidence of a serious injury. Injured parties may be able to recover damages from medical treatment and bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other burdens that stem from the accident.
Contact our Firm
The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. We understand the implications of a serious accident, which is why we take pride in tenaciously representing our clients. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.