Across the United States, traffic accidents are among the most common cause of death and serious injury each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the leading cause of death for individuals between 1 and 44 years of age is injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents.
Both governments and auto manufacturers are taking steps to improve safety. More vehicles than ever before offer roof crush resistance, rear impact guards, side impact protection, and both driver and passenger airbags as standard features. State governments across the country have noticed the trend and have worked to pass and enforce far stricter laws against driving under the influence. In spite of these efforts, millions of Americans are injured and tens of thousands are killed in traffic accidents each year.
When it comes to handling a motor vehicle accident claim, it must be handled right the first time. Injured parties have to follow specific filing and procedural requirements as they have only one chance to seek compensation for injuries and damages incurred in the accident. Missing a deadline or not having all the proper documentation, witness statements, and receiving medical treatment can all negatively impact a person’s ability to receive the maximum compensation. An experienced New York City motor vehicle accident lawyer can help prevent this regrettable outcome.
Looking for help after a traffic accident? Talk to an experienced and compassionate legal professional. Call Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick, L.L.P. at (646) 681-7055.
Auto Accident Claims in New York City
Individuals injured in automobile accidents in New York City are legally entitled to compensation. These cases are known to be complex and are often the result of a driver’s negligence. Individuals that commit negligent acts fail to use the required and expected level of care while driving.
Some of the most common types of auto accidents result from:
- Driver Error/Negligence: When it comes to automobile accidents, negligence can arise under a variety of situations. One of the most common is driver error, where a driver fails to yield the right-of-way, follows too closely behind another, speeds, disregards a traffic control device, or is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Distracted Drivers: The number of accidents caused by distractions is on the rise across the entire country. Drivers trying to read text messages, put on makeup, change the radio, or interact with other things within the car often causes them to look away from the road and collide with things they otherwise would have avoided.
- Improper Vehicle Maintenance: Individuals who fail to service or maintain their vehicles can cause accidents if a system or component on the vehicle fails. This can include brake failure, a part of the vehicle dislodging, or parts of the vehicle disengaging while driving.
- Negligent Roadway Design/Maintenance: Factors outside of the vehicle cause occasionally accidents. Holes or debris, construction work, poorly designed roadways, and traffic control issues can all contribute to accidents.
- Auto Product Liability/Defective Auto Parts: Litigation involving product liability in motor vehicle accidents is a common occurrence. These claims involve a defective part of a vehicle that caused an accident. Some common defects are tire blowouts, brake failures, or even complete mechanical failures. Improper vehicle design can lead to accidents as well.
Multiple factors often cause or contribute to a motor vehicle accident. Among the most common factor is the conduct of a negligent person. If an accident occurs, acting quickly can protect your legal rights and help guarantee your right to compensation.
After a Motor Vehicle Accident
Individuals involved in accidents are often unaware of what they can or should do. Victims face serious injuries that often leave them unable to work and unable to meet financial obligations. In some cases, they may have to go through multiple surgeries and extensive periods of recovery.
Injured drivers are often able to receive compensation to pay for medical care, make up for lost wages and damaged property, and compensate them for pain and suffering. If a loved one is ever killed due to a motor vehicle accident, families are often able to file lawsuits to obtain compensation for medical and funeral expenses, and possibly more.
If a person is involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is important that they act quickly. First, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if an injury seems minor, it can quickly escalate into something major or even life-threatening. A thorough exam by a medical professional will ensure you physically recover in the best and fastest way possible.
Photographs of the accident can also provide crucial evidence in your case and defend your rights. Photographs of the vehicles involved, the area where the accident occurred, and any site that seems relevant to your claim can be taken by you or someone you trust if you’re unable to take them yourself. Debris in the roadway, pothole covers missing, or even cracks in the road could all have played a factor in the accident.
After securing medical attention, you should immediately report the accident to the police and contact your own insurance company as well as those of anyone involved in the accident. They will be busy putting together their own investigation in order to determine who is at fault. You are entitled to both police and insurance company reports, and you are able to dispute any information they provide that you do not agree with.
Helping Clients with Traffic Accident Claims for Over 20 Years
It is crucial for anyone involved in a motor vehicle accident to act quickly. A reputable New York City auto accident attorney at Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick, L.L.P. can help file your claim, gather information, and collect evidence so you and your loved ones can focus on your recovery.
Our team can work to protect and safeguard your legal rights. If you have been injured or lost a loved one, give us a call at (646) 681-7055 for a free case evaluation.