Driving or riding in a car in New York City can be an intimidating experience, even for the most experienced drivers. With so many different expressways, offramps, onramps, yields, merges, bike lanes, and many more distractions or stimuli that can overwhelm someone—not to mention aggressive drivers that you must share the road with—it is no wonder that car accidents are so common in NYC. In January of 2020 alone, there were more than 14,000 car accidents reported to the New York Police Department, with 19 fatalities and over 3000 reported injuries.
If you are one of the motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, or passengers who were involved 30,000+ people who were involved in one of these accidents, or in one of the ¼ of a million accidents in NYC each year, it is important that you know your rights and are able to work with an attorney who can help you fight to uphold these rights. While you are focusing on recovery, you can be nearly certain that the responsible party in the crash is working aggressively with an attorney, or their insurance company is working to limit the amount of money that you ultimately receive as a settlement.
After you are injured in a car accident in New York City, one of the most important things to do is to partner with a car accident lawyer like those at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP. By consulting with an attorney, you will be able to hand off a significant amount of stress so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries with as little stress or worry as possible, knowing that there is an experienced legal professional fighting for the money you deserve.
Contact us now to schedule a free initial consultation with our legal team, where you will be able to talk about your accident, the steps you have taken, your injuries, and much more. This call is intended to give both of us a better idea of how we will be able to most-effectively work together but additionally can give you peace of mind knowing about the options that are available to you.
The following questions are just a few of the common issues that we are happy to work through during your initial consultation and then get into details about during our work together. No two situations will result in the same answers, so it is absolutely essential that you and your legal team explore every factor that goes into your unique accident before making a final determination and strategy.
Injuries that someone sustains in a car accident in New York City fall under a three-year statute of limitations, meaning that you have three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. However, there are certain situations, such as a late-onset injury that took a while for you to notice, that can warrant an extension of this statute.
However, in the event of a wrongful death resulting from a car accident, the statute of limitations is only 2 years, as this falls under the wrongful death statutes and not the car accident statutes.
This is one of the central questions of any personal injury case and requires extensive research and calculation in order to get a sense of the true cost and impact of your accident. These impacts, known as damages, can be both economic and non-economic in nature and seek compensation for things like your income and debts, but also for the emotional turmoil and physical pain that a victim endures from an injurious accident.
We will need to go through the specifics of your finances, your medical expenses, and many other financial factors before determining your economic damages. Once the economic damages are established, this amount will play a significant factor in how we determine the method to calculate your non-economic damages.
In purely legal terms, you do not need an attorney while dealing with a car accident injury claim, much as you do not need an attorney for anything in the United States if you choose not to accept legal representation. However, the U.S courts and the U.S. legal system are so complex that every criminal is given the constitutional right to a lawyer, even if they are unable to afford one. This is just one indication about how important an attorney can be.
While you are recovering from your injuries, one of the biggest mistakes that you can make is to take on a significant amount of stress, since it will adversely affect your recovery. Hiring a lawyer can reduce this stress so that you can prioritize your personal health.