Car Accident Lawyer NYC: Representing Motor Vehicle Accident Victims And Their Families
In the hectic, congested environment that is New York City, numerous motor vehicle accidents occur daily, with some causing injuries that will change a person's life forever. Car accident victims don't always talk to a personal injury law firm – but they should. You don't have to be an expert on the law – you must have been hurt. When you talk to us, we'll help you understand if you've got a case and what that case might be worth.
Don't suffer in silence. Our experienced car accident attorneys will help you understand what your case could be worth.
Putting Our Experience To Work For You
If you have been seriously harmed in a motor vehicle accident due to another's negligence, your attorney must know how to build a case that accounts for your present and future needs. Since 1965, the New York City car accident lawyers of Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C., have successfully built such cases.
Fighting For Our Clients For More Than 50 Years
Our dedicated team of New York car accident attorneys and staff can represent people in all types of motor vehicle accidents, including:
Car accidents: Any car crash may involve drunk drivers or be a situation where the motorist is distracted, including someone operating a cell phone when driving.
Semi-truck accident cases can be incredibly challenging, as they may involve many parties and state and federal trucking laws.
By many measures, motorcycle accidents occur frequently and cause severe injuries.
Accidents involving pedestrians are often due to drivers not paying sufficient attention and failing to see the person.
Although bicyclists must share the road with motorized vehicles, most drivers of motorized vehicles forget that bicyclists are there and may collide with the bicyclist as a result.
Municipal authorities sometimes do not do their due diligence when hiring bus drivers or maintaining vehicles, which can cause serious bus crashes.
These occur on New York's busy rivers, including the Hudson and East Rivers.
Because the more fares a taxi driver can pick up, the greater their pay, these drivers are under pressure, resulting in reckless and negligent taxi driving and crashes.
In New York's ever-hectic, crowded, and bustling underground, subway accidents and commuter train crashes are not unusual.
Our motor vehicle accident lawyers also represent families who have lost loved ones in fatal accidents and wonder if filing a wrongful death claim will help them get justice.
New York City Car Accident Statistics
- According to 2021 figures, car ownership jumped by almost 40% during the coronavirus pandemic. This means New Yorkers own an estimated 2.8 million vehicles – before considering cabs, public transport, commercial cars, motorcycles, and other road users.
- If you've traveled anywhere during rush hour, you'll know that New York roads can't cope with these enormous vehicles. So, it'll come as no surprise that there can be upwards of 8,000 motor vehicle collisions every month – often resulting in over 3,500 injuries, some fatal.
- Although these many vehicles push our roads to their limits, it's usually the human factor that results in accidents. In a typical month, NYPD Traffic Data shows that driver inattention (distracted driving) is the most significant cause of accidents – usually responsible for around 30% of all auto accidents.
- As you work your way down the list of car crash causes, the human factor is exclusively to blame for another 30% of accidents – including following too closely, failing to yield, improper passing or lane use, and unsafe speed.
- A moment of distraction or carelessness might be something that people get away with most of the time – but when it results in you being hurt or a loved one being killed, you must speak to an experienced car accident attorney to help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.
We'll Fight For Compensation For a Huge Range of Car Accident Injuries
No two car accident cases are the same. Some people walk away from severe accidents with bumps and bruises – whereas seemingly minor accidents can result in catastrophic injuries.
Whatever injury you've suffered, we'll fight passionately to ensure your pain and suffering are not in vain.
Take a look at details of injuries from some recent car accident lawsuits we've successfully pursued for our clients:
- Back, shoulder and neck injuries
- Crush injuries
- Head injuries – including concussion
- Traumatic brain injury
- Eye injuries
- Chest injuries
- Degloving injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries – resulting in paralysis
Care and Compassion When You've Lost a Loved One
Sadly, our NYC car accident attorneys also handle cases where someone has lost their life. Sometimes, the car accident has been fatal – but in other cases, the person has died further down the line due to their injuries.
No amount of legal representation can fill the hole a loved one leaves in your life. However, we can fight to ensure you're not left struggling with your finances if you lose a family member or partner.
Although we talk about fighting your case with grit and determination, we're a team of compassionate and caring people here at Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C. No matter how aggressively we'll fight for you, you can be assured that your case will be handled with the utmost care and attention by our entire team.
We'll Deal with The Insurance Company, So You Don't Have To
Insurance companies work amazingly quickly when one of their clients has been involved in a New York City car accident. You could be fooled into thinking they're keen to ensure you receive a prompt settlement for any injuries you've sustained – but unfortunately, this isn't the case. Insurance companies are businesses; keeping your settlement as low as possible is in their best interests. They may even look at completely voiding your claim. However, they'll always do this under the guise of good customer service. You can expect warm and friendly phone calls – they may seem keen to get your money ASAP.
Don't be fooled, though; rarely, an insurance company will factor in as much damage as a firm of experienced NYC car accident lawyers. We'll consider everything – including the impact of your injuries long into the future.
Don't let an insurance company decide what your pain and suffering is worth. Instead, speak to an experienced car accident lawyer. We can virtually guarantee that you'll see a massive difference in the value they suggest – compared to the value we calculate.
It's Important That You Sue
Some clients we speak to are hesitant about bringing a personal injury lawsuit when they've been injured in a car accident. Sometimes, this is because they feel like they're punishing an individual for a momentary lapse in judgment. In other cases, they may have the money to support themselves after an accident. In cases like these, we still encourage people to pursue compensation.
Why? It comes down to the human factor involved with most New York City car accidents. Although a car accident will still be a trauma for the person who has caused it – they are far more likely to repeat their careless behavior if they do not face justice.
Being held to account for the injuries they have caused will almost always make that person think again the next time they think about picking up their phone as they drive – or taking their car home after a few drinks. When you hold people accountable for their behavior, you don't just get the compensation you deserve – you potentially keep that person from hurting others in the future.
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It's normal to have questions about legal cases after traffic accidents. Here, we've listed some of the most common questions people ask our team. Don't worry if you have a question not listed here – we're more than happy to answer all your questions – get in touch.
What kinds of damages could you recover compensation for?
Damages tend to be broken down into two categories – 'economic damages' and 'non-economic' damages. Part of our investigation into your case will involve documenting all the injuries you've experienced.
These typically could include the following kinds of economic damages:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Missed opportunities
- On-going treatment and rehabilitation costs
- Costs of damaged property
- Funeral and burial expenses (in cases of wrongful death)
Non-economic damages focus on things that can't be documented with receipts or paperwork. They tend to include factors like:
- The injury itself
- Pain and suffering
- The loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
- The loss of companionship
- On-going physical impairment
- Reputation damage
Do I still have a car accident case if I'm partly to blame?
Yes, you probably do. New York law operates on a 'modified comparative negligence' basis. This is legal speak, but it means you can make a claim if you're not entirely to blame for the accident.
If you're found to be partly to blame, your financial compensation will be reduced by the degree of fault found to be yours. So, if you're 25% to blame, your damages will be reduced by 25%.
Again, though, an experienced New York City car accident lawyer must establish how much of the blame is yours. Other parties involved (other lawyers and insurance companies) will try to shift as much blame as possible onto you – so we'll work hard to ensure you receive the proper compensation.
What are car accident claims worth?
We can show you no set amount or list of amounts here. Even two seemingly identical cases can result in very different injuries and future financial outcomes for clients – so we deal with every issue individually.
Your NYC car accident lawyer will consider every possible financial factor in your case before we put together an amount that we believe your personal injury claim to be worth. By doing this, we'll be doing everything we can to safeguard your financial future.
The best way to determine how much your claim could be worth is to organize a free case evaluation. There's no obligation to continue with our firm if you do – but it will help you understand the figures that could be involved.
How much will a New York car accident lawyer cost?
At Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C., we work on a 'contingency' basis. This is a legal term, but you don't pay us a cent if we don't win your case.
By working this way, we remove any risk for you. We front all the financial costs – so you can focus on your recovery.
When you have a free consultation with our firm, we'll talk to you about a pre-agreed-upon percentage of the financial compensation you receive at the end of your case. Of course, this means we only get paid if we're successful, so you can be 100% certain that we will fight for you like our law firm depends on it – because it does.
What happens if the other driver is uninsured?
All drivers in New York City are required to have insurance coverage. However, this isn't always the case. A collision with an uninsured driver can get complicated when you've exhausted all your insurance benefits.
We can explore many routes to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. You may have uninsured motorist coverage on your policy. Alternatively, you may decide that a lawsuit is the best way to recover compensation. If you decide that a car accident lawsuit is the right option, remember that the driver may not have the means to pay for any agreed or won settlement.
This is where a reasonable New York City car accident attorney will be helpful, though. We can investigate your case in detail – looking at other parties that could be responsible for your injuries. The other driver isn't the only factor if you've been hurt – so we'll be sure to pursue compensation from all liable parties.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit after an NYC auto accident?
The statute of limitations for a negligence lawsuit (the most common car accident claim) is three years.
This might feel like plenty of time to set legal balls in motion – but don't be fooled. In some cases, the other parties can significantly reduce the amount of time you have to claim – especially if there's a Government agency involved.
With this in mind, you must move quickly to instruct an attorney. This also reduces the possibility of witnesses' memories becoming hazy 0r evidence being more challenging to track down.
There are some circumstances where you may have more time to claim. If you were a minor during the collision or didn't discover your injury immediately, a court may decide that the statute of limitations can be increased to ensure justice is delivered fairly.
What does a free consultation involve?
We appreciate that the idea of sitting down with a New York City car accident attorney soon after a traumatic car accident might feel like the last thing you want to do – and this is why we make the experience as comfortable as possible.
We start by letting you talk. Your story and experiences are essential to your claim – so we'll listen for as long as you need. We'll ask questions about what's happened and the impact the accident has had on life since.
We'll explain how much we think your case could be worth and walk you through how the case will progress. We'll speak in plain language – avoiding confusing legal jargon. Crucially, though, your free case evaluation allows you to see what the team here at Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C., are like. We consider ourselves an exceptional team that looks after every client with the utmost care and attention – but we want you to decide for yourselves if we will be the right team of attorneys for you.
Featured Case Results
- $1.95 million settlement for a motor vehicle accident that caused severe injuries to a mother and daughter.
- $1.85 million settlement for a motor vehicle accident for a 53-year-old man, a front-seat passenger in a van that struck a stopped dump truck in the rear.
- $1.75 million settlement for a motor vehicle accident for a 72-year-old motorist who suffered fractured cervical vertebrae requiring cervical fusion and fractured hip requiring surgery with open reduction and internal fixation.
Giving You Our Full Attention, So That You'll Get All You Deserve
In every case we accept, we do so with the understanding that we may have to prove your case before a judge and jury. As a result, our team will thoroughly investigate your case to demonstrate how your accident happened and why the other party is at fault for your injuries.
Proving fault is only one part of the equation, however. We will work with your doctors to show how your injuries have changed your life.
When we have established your medical costs, loss of income, reduced earning capacity, and other damages, we will seek total compensation for these losses from those responsible. If the opposition will not treat you fairly, we will not hesitate to bring your case before a jury.
Pursue Fair Compensation For Your Accident Injuries
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