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New York Auto Accident Lawsuits

rear end collisionNew York car accident attorneys helping victims in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan and Long Island.

The Sanders Firm specializes in New York car accident lawsuits. Over the past four decades we’ve helped thousands of NYC and Long Island crash victims recover for their losses.

Chances are that everyone in New York has witnessed at least one car accident. It’s equally likely that every New Yorker knows someone who’s had to fight an insurance company to get a claim paid. Combining car accidents with insurers’ reluctance to pay claims makes for a terrible mix.

Once our NY car accident attorneys become involved, insurers in New York frequently offer fair auto accident settlements to our clients. At other times the companies insist on a full-fledged jury trial. Either way, contacting us means that you won’t have to navigate New York’s complex insurance landscape by yourself. We’ll be with you every step of the way, making sure you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to by law.

Car accidents – types and injuries

The New York & Long Island personal injury lawyers at The Sanders Firm have represented clients who were injured in accidents involving:

  • Cars & SUVs
  • Motorcycles
  • Large trucks
  • Bicycles
  • Interstate buses
  • City buses
  • Taxis
  • Intrastate hazardous material carriers

Sanders Firm attorneys have over 45 years of experience navigating NY state laws regulating car accident liability. We can help determine how the accident happened, who was at fault, and how to recover for your losses.

Serious injuries that can result from an auto accident include:

  • Lacerations: Drivers and passengers may be cut by broken glass and objects inside the car. Emergency treatment may be necessary to prevent serious consequences.
  • Back and neck injuries: The force of the accident may cause painful back and neck injuries to anyone in the vehicle. It is complicated and expensive to diagnose and treat these conditions.
  • Broken bones: A car accident may cause broken arms, legs, ribs, or vertebrae. These injuries can be very painful, and their treatment very costly.
  • Traumatic brain injury: A traumatic brain injury can occur even in a single-car accident. Swelling in the brain can be excruciatingly painful. Treating the condition can take years and cost many thousands of dollars. Sometimes the damage is permanent.
  • Whiplash: One of the most common car accident injuries, whiplash may not appear immediately. When victims realize that their necks, spines, legs, and arms have been harmed by the force of the crash, they may require lengthy treatment. In many cases the injury is permanent.
  • Spinal cord injury: Spinal cord injury can cause impaired mobility, paralysis, and other devastating conditions. High speed and multiple cars may increase the likelihood of such injuries, but even a simple fender-bender can lead to permanent pain and suffering.
  • Burns: A damaged gas tank or crash involving a truck that carries flammable materials can cause an explosion. Anyone nearby may be burned as a result. Burns are extremely painful, while their treatment is complicated and expensive.
  • Psychological trauma: A car accident can cause emotional and psychological damage to those involved. Flashbacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other psychological symptoms may afflict drivers and passengers for a short time or, in some cases, permanently. Treatment can be lengthy and costly.
  • Death: Car crashes can kill. In some cases, those inside the car die on the scene. In others, victims cannot withstand the multiple injuries and succumb in the hospital. This can happen most frequently when victims are most vulnerable: very young children, seniors, those with serious illnesses.

NY “No Fault” insurance & serious injury threshold

New York passed its so-called no-fault insurance law in the 1970s. The law was designed to ensure that insurance companies paid accident victims for their losses quickly, without disputes over who was at fault, and without victims having to file a car accident lawsuit. The law also limits the amount a victim can receive for medical bills, lost earnings, and other incidental expenses to a total of $50,000.

But many victims lose more than $50,000 due to a car accident. Those who miss work for months and years may lose over $50,000 in income. Victims may experience serious pain and suffering for which they wish to recover. In order to be compensated for these losses, a victim with a “serious injury” must file a lawsuit against the person who caused the accident.

New York law defines “serious injury” as a personal injury that results in:

  • Death
  • Dismemberment
  • Serious disfigurement
  • Fracture
  • Loss of a fetus
  • Permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function, or system
  • Permanent consequential limitation of use of a body organ or member;
  • Medically determined injury or impairment that prevents the victim from performing substantially all of his or her customary daily activities for at least 90 days during the 180 days immediately following the injury or impairment.

NY law contains many strict deadlines and filing requirements. Missing a single deadline may prevent a victim for recovering for his or her losses. Consulting an attorney with expertise in New York car accident lawsuits, like those at The Sanders Firm, is essential for you to protect your rights.

The Sanders Firm can help you file a NY auto accident lawsuit

It can be very difficult to establish what caused an auto accident, particularly when drivers or passengers are seriously injured. Lawyers at The Sanders Firm work hand in hand with professional investigators who can help establish precisely what caused the crash. We turn to medical experts to assess victims’ injuries, describe any permanent disabilities that the accident may have caused, and explain the need for and extent of future medical treatment. Our team does everything necessary to understand the car accident, its causes, and the resulting losses.

We encourage you to contact us if you’ve been involved in a car accident in New York City or on Long Island, or if a member of your family has been injured or killed. We provide an initial consultation at no charge and without any obligation on your part. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to learn whether you are entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit. You may call toll-free at 1 800 FAIR PLAY.

  1. DMV, Statistical Summaries, Motor Vehicle Crashes, https://dmv.ny.gov/org/about-dmv/statistical-summaries

  2. SafeNY, Ticket and Crash Data and Reports, https://www.safeny.ny.gov/hsdata.htm

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