Long Island Vehicle Accident Injury Attorney
Being Injured In A Vehicle Accident Not Only Can Mean You Aren’t Driving Your Car, Truck, Motorcycle, Etc, But It May Also Mean You Aren’t Working And May Be Costing You In Medical Bills, Lost Time, Plus The Pain You May Be Experiencing. Basically, It Sucks! Shouldn’t Someone Pay Besides You?
Look, We Know We’re Not The Only Auto Injury Lawyers In New York And We Know That You May Be Searching For The Right Attorney To Help You. We’re Different. For Decades We Have Successfully Handled A LOT Of Car Accident Situations, Probably Just Like Yours. Many Have Heard Of Us Due To The Results We Get For The Injured. Regardless Of Whether You’ve Heard Of Us Or Not, Tell Us What Happened. See How We Can Get Your Life Back To As Normal As Possible
Why Choose Harrison Law Group for Your Vehicle Injury Case?
- Highly Reviewed & Rated – 5.0 rating on Google. See some of our client reviews below.
- Accidents Don’t Wait for Business Hours – Neither do the right lawyers. We have weekend and weeknight consultations available in person or through Zoom.
- Highly Responsive – We pride ourselves on fast response times when communicating with our clients. We will never let your questions or concerns go unaddressed.
- No Case Is Too Difficult or Complex – This is where tenacity and knowledge of the law matter. We do what is necessary, even in difficult cases.
- Experienced – Attorney and founder Brett J. Harrison and Attorney Robert J. Clasen hold over 50 years of experience in Trial Litigation.
- Empathy, Detail & Urgency – Your case is the center of your world. We work with empathy to ensure you feel heard, meticulous detail to ensure no aspect of your case is missed, and urgency to get you your money faster.
- Caring & Compassionate (truly) – We’re sorry for what happened to you or your loved one. Unlike large firms, you’re not part of an assembly line. We really get to know you and your situation. We have been helping people in Long Island and throughout New York for decades.
- Personalized Attention – We understand and respect that everyone’s needs are unique. We treat you with the attention you deserve.
- We Keep You Updated – Transparency is key. We do not just return phone calls, but we call you at least every 30 days for a status update on your case, and if there is no update, we call to see how you are doing.
- Office Visits Not Required – We understand you may have children or are simply in pain, and we respect your time. Documentation and signatures can be handled via text or email.
- Flexible Meeting Times – We will go above and beyond to meet your expectations, whether meeting with you after hours, on the weekends, or at your home, hospital, or office. We will make ourselves available for you 24/7.
Long Island is home to over 7.6 million people and New York City is home to over 8.3 million people. It is no surprise that we have some of the country’s most congested roads and traffic. Jam-packed roads often lead to traffic accidents, and Long Island and New York City residents have experienced their fair share of collisions.
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Statute of Limitations for Vehicle Accident Claims in New York
New York law generally allows only Two Years to file a personal injury claim. This deadline is critical to your rights because if you don’t get your lawsuit started in court before New York’s three-year filing window closes, you’ll lose your right to have your case heard. Call our offices today to avoid missing your window of opportunity.
Vehicular accidents can sometimes be synonymous with Car Accidents. Our firm can handle all your automobile accidents, including motorcycle, commercial vehicle, Uber, Lyft, and Rideshare.
Injuries from these accidents caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongful conduct can be life-altering. You were healthy and vibrant one minute, and you were dealing with painful injuries, doctors’ appointments, and lost wages the next. Then, there is the emotional toll caused by your personal injury. You might feel angry at the person that caused the injury and depressed and anxious about your physical and financial issues.
Components of a Vehicular Accident Case
You must prove that the other party caused your injury to have a successful personal injury claim. First, you must show that the other party owed you a duty of care and breached it. New York defines duty of care as “ A person in control of a property using reasonable care to keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition for the protection of all persons whose presence is reasonably foreseeable.” This includes stopping at red lights. If a driver runs a red light, he or she has breached the duty of care. That breach put you and other motorists at risk.
Finally, you must prove that by breaching the duty of care, the other party caused your injuries. Using the previous example, you can prove causation if a driver runs a red light, hits your car, and breaks your leg. By running the red light, the driver caused an accident. The accident resulted in a broken leg. This is a straightforward example, but personal injury cases are generally much more complicated. That’s why hiring a New York Vehicle Accident attorney is vital.
“Comparative Fault” Law in New York City Car Accidents
The State of New York abides by comparative fault rules. That means anyone who contributes to the accident is liable for it and any injuries that result.
If your insurance policy won’t cover the whole cost of your medical bills, car repair, and other expenses, you can sue any other party involved. That includes truck and bus drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, the other driver’s employer, the company responsible for a faulty product, or even pedestrians.
Some of the common faults that cause accidents include:
- Careless or reckless driving
- Failing to signal
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Failure to obey traffic rules
- Unsafe roads
- Lane splitting, which is illegal in New York
- Vehicle failures, among others
Sometimes, even the state might be partly at fault if roads and other structures contributed to the accident.
What to do if you’ve been injured in an accident:
- Report your accident to the appropriate authorities ASAP. Whether this is the police, an employer, a store employee, or a supervisor. Get medical treatment for any injuries you have sustained, don’t “shake it off.” Some injuries, like traumatic brain injuries or internal injuries, can have delayed symptoms. The sooner you can receive medical attention, the better for your health and your case.
- Collect as much information as possible. You or someone you trust should attempt to get information from any involved parties. Important information can be the names of all parties involved and any eyewitnesses. If you were in a car crash, get the other driver’s insurance information too.
- Take photographs. Photograph the scene, your injuries, the causing factors of the accident, and anything you think may be relevant. If you were injured on someone’s property due to a dangerous condition, take photos of the dangerous condition.
- Get copies of all relevant documents. This can include police reports, incident reports, medical documents, and communications with insurance companies.
The more information you have about your case, the stronger your claim will be. If you were injured due to another’s carelessness, contact one of our experienced New York Personal Injury lawyers to learn more about filing a claim.
Common Types of Auto Accidents That We Can Help You With
Some much more severe accidents can require hospitalizations, surgeries, and reconstruction before recovery can be complete. In these cases, the accident claim reaches tens of millions of dollars.
Some of these serious accidents we have dealt with include:
- Head-On Collisions — when these occur at high speed, they usually cause head trauma, neck injury, spinal cord injury, broken bones, and many others
- T-Bone Collisions — when a car is hit broadside, the proximity to the passengers often results in catastrophic injuries
- Impact injuries — these occur when a passenger strikes the dashboard, steering wheel, headrest, windshield, or other parts of the vehicle. Whiplash, head trauma, broken bones, and injury to internal organs are some of the common injuries we see
- Penetration accidents — open injuries such as cuts, lacerations, or punctures by metal and glass are also common, causing serious and painful wounds
- Rollovers — a rollover can occur for many reasons, but it is often a serious crash. Whiplash, spinal cord injuries, and paralysis are almost always the result
- Rear-End Collisions — at high speeds, rear injuries can cause whiplash and impact injuries, among others
Sometimes, a car can roll over or collide with another, but a fault with the car exacerbates the problem. For example, failure of an airbag to deflate, a seat belt to tighten, or brake failure are all grounds to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
Other car accident cases we regularly handle include the following:
- Aggressive Driving Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Hit and Run Accidents
- Reckless Driving
- Speeding Car Accidents
- Texting And Driving Accidents
- Uninsured / Underinsured Driver Accidents
- Single Vehicle Accidents
- Multi-Vehicle Accidents
- Fatal Car Accidents
If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, you may also be eligible to file a wrongful death claim against the party at fault and their insurance company.
Motorcycle Accidents in New York
According to New York’s No-Fault laws, a motorcycle is not considered a motor vehicle. This means that the No-Fault law does not cover motorcycles. Motorcyclists involved in an accident are not entitled to medical and lost wage benefits under the No-Fault law. They can, however, bring a claim against the parties responsible for the accident in which they were injured. It is, therefore, critical to have the guidance and support of an experienced New York motorcycle accident lawyer.
People in passenger vehicles are surrounded by a steel frame, seat belt restraint systems, and airbags, while motorcyclists are exposed to more hazards on the open road. Even when a motorcyclist is driving safely and cautiously, an accident can occur due to no fault of the motorcyclist. Some of the most common types of motorcycle accidents involve the following:
- T-bone collisions
- Accidents caused by debris in the road
- Accidents caused by poor road conditions
- Left turn collisions
- Rear-end accidents
- Single motorcycle accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Blind spot accidents
- Failure to yield accidents
- Excessive speed accidents
Motorcyclists are at greater risk of being involved in an accident than other types of motorists. The attorneys at Harrison Law Group P.C. are experienced and skilled at fighting on behalf of victims of motorcycle accidents. Filing a PIP (Personal Injury Protection) claim is not an option for motorcyclists, making it more difficult to recover compensation quickly after an accident.
Uber, Lyft, and Rideshare Accidents
Recovering compensation for a ridesharing accident claim can be very complicated. It is mainly because rideshare companies classify their drivers as independent contractors. Therefore, the rideshare companies cannot be held directly liable for an accident caused by their driver. This doesn’t mean that you can’t recover compensation. An experienced New York rideshare accident lawyer from our law firm will help you explore different options for recovering compensation for your accident.
In New York, ridesharing apps must purchase insurance covering their drivers. This insurance policy protects victims of rideshare accidents in the event of an accident caused by the rideshare driver. However, the availability of this policy depends on the status of the rideshare driver at the time of the accident.
- When the rideshare driver has accepted a request from an app user, the driver is said to be on the clock. The rideshare company’s comprehensive insurance policy is available for victims of accidents that occur when the driver is on-the-clock. In New York, rideshare companies must provide comprehensive coverage of up to $1.25 million for property damage, personal injury, or death. This coverage is available to any party involved in the rideshare accident, including the rideshare passenger, pedestrians, cyclists, and other motorists.
- When a driver actively seeks requests on the rideshare app, they are covered by the rideshare company’s limited insurance policy.
- If the driver is not logged into the rideshare app at the time of the accident, the parties involved in the accident must first look to their own insurance policies for compensation under New York’s No-Fault insurance laws.
- If another driver caused the accident, the victims can seek compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance policy.
If you want to seek compensation for damages resulting from a rideshare accident, you will need to identify the parties that are liable for your accident. Some parties that can be held liable for rideshare accidents include:
- The rideshare driver
- The driver of the other vehicle
- Other motorists
- Government agencies
- Car or car part manufacturers
Should I Get A Lawyer for My Traffic Accident?
Maybe you are the type of person who is hesitant to sue anyone. Still, you could be experiencing pain, suffering, and discomfort, dealing with piles of unexpected medical bills, time off work, and being confused about how to move forward.
Shouldn’t someone pay for what happened? Having a Personal Injury attorney is, unfortunately, a reality for ensuring you get what you deserve and what is right.
Client Reviews – Harrison Law Group
Actual Words Clients Have Used to Describe Us & Their Experience
“Great job and great people to work with,” “they do everything the right way and get you all money and medical devices you need highly recommend ,” “Very satisfied with my settlement,” “They helped me through a car accident and always called to see how I was feeling and they were very compassionate and understanding with my situation,” “a very professional group and I highly recommend them,” “Harrison law group worked hard for me and I got better results then I expected,” “would definitely recommend them to my friends and family,” “they kept me informed of each step and checked in on a regular basis,” “The Harrison Law Group handled my case with professionalism and utmost care,” “they were quick to get me a response and kept me informed every step of the way with status on my case,” “a huge amount of compassion, understanding and commitment.”
If these things are what you are looking for in a law firm, then contact us to see how we can help you and your family.
We help families in Long Island (Suffolk and Nassau Counties), NYC, and throughout New York.
Locally, people come to us from Lindenhurst, West Babylon, North Babylon, North Amityville, Copiague, Farmingdale, Massapequa, Plainview, Melville, and South Huntington.
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We welcome your questions and want to understand your situation to help you move forward and get the compensation you or your loved one deserves. Call our office at (631) 465-9797 with questions and a description of your situation to see if we can assist or to schedule a consultation. Or you may simply fill out the form above on this page. Your form will be directly emailed to our office, and you can expect a reply within one business day and often within hours of the same day. All information you share is confidential.