Long Island Car 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?
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Why Choose Harrison Law Group for Your Vehicle Injury Case?
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.
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“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.
Statute of Limitations for Vehicle Accident Claims in New York
New York law generally allows only Three 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.
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
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.