New York Car Accident Lawyers
Need Help Filing a Car Accident Claim?
Every injured driver deserves a chance to recover and get their finances under control after being in a crash. Auto insurance companies might argue otherwise, though. Do not be surprised if you get into a tough situation with an insurance company when you try to start or file a claim. It is not personal; it is just business to the insurer.
You can stand up for yourself and your right to compensation by teaming up with Davidoff Law. Our New York car accident attorneys can help you understand your options and find the best way to build your claim from the ground up. We want to make sure that you can secure every penny owed to you, so you can feel financially stable again.
Dial (888) 211-1116 to speak with our attorneys about your crash.
Protecting Our Clients in a Variety of Cases
The top goal of our New York car accident attorneys is to make sure each and every client feels protected and confident when their case is in our hands. We can use our truly extensive collective legal experiences to make any case the best it can be. Thanks to our eclectic backgrounds and many years of practicing injury law, our team can work on virtually any type of car accident case, too.
Let us know if you need help with a case involving:
- Distracted driving accidents: Drivers need to pay full attention to the road. Looking at a smartphone or talking with a passenger for even a few seconds can be all that it takes to cause a devastating and fully preventable collision.
- Drunk driving accidents: A single alcoholic beverage is all it takes to destroy a driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Tell us if the driver who hit you mentioned having “just one drink.” Such a simple phrase could be what undoes their chances to stop your case.
- Rear-end collisions: Many auto insurance companies try to pass off rear-end collisions as insignificant because they “aren’t serious.” The truth is that many serious, life-changing injuries can be caused in a rear-end collision like whiplash.
- Multivehicle accidents: Deciding who owes you what compensation after a multivehicle accident is tricky – but less so if you hire our law firm. We can make sense of intricate cases involving several parties and potential defendants.
Steps to Take After a Crash
The actions that you take after getting into a car accident are important. In the first hour or so, you might be able to get the best evidence to build your claim later. On the other hand, you also run the risk of missing that evidence if you do not know what to do.
After being in a car accident, you should always:
- Dial 911: If someone is seriously injured or a vehicle is significantly damaged in a crash, then 911 should be called. The reports from the first responders could be incredibly useful for proving your argument later.
- Exchange information: Filing an auto accident claim against another driver in New York can be more complicated than you think due to the state’s personal injury protection (PIP) insurance requirements. But it is downright impossible if you do not identify the other driver. Always exchange insurance and identifying information with every other motorist involved.
- Talk to eyewitnesses: If a third party witnesses your accident, then you should speak with them to find out what they saw. Get their contact information if they cannot stop and give a statement then.
- See a doctor: No matter how you feel after a car accident, you should see a doctor within the hour. Go to urgent care if necessary. A checkup will see if you have any underlying injuries and validate that the accident did happen.
Do not forget the final important step: talk to an attorney. You can dial (888) 211-1116 whenever you need a New York car accident lawyer.
Can You File a Car Accident Claim at All?
In New York, drivers are required to carry personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. This type of insurance allows you to file a first-party claim against your auto insurance provider if you get into a crash. Most PIP insurance policies will pay for medical costs, lost wages, and vehicle repairs, and some can also provide for pain and suffering. The complication that many drivers face is that PIP insurance must be used first, and not all injured drivers get a chance to then file a third-party claim against the other driver.
You are only allowed to file a car accident claim against another driver’s insurance if:
- You are considered to be seriously injured in the crash.
- Your damages are not fully covered by your PIP insurance.
Under Article 51 of New York State Insurance Law, a serious injury is defined as an injury that causes you to suffer “economic loss in excess of basic economic loss.” Typically, judges have held that experiencing more than $50,000 in medical costs and lost wages justified an injury to be categorized as “serious.” Additionally, an injury could be considered “serious” if it causes a permanent physical disability or forever impairs the victim’s ability to earn gainful income.
Starting a Claim is Easy – Call (888) 211-1116
Figuring out how to approach your car accident claim does not need to be as complicated as it sounds. Let our New York car accident attorneys take your case for you. We can act on your behalf from start to finish.
Send us an email about your traffic collision today.
Car Accident FAQ
- When should I report my car accident to my auto insurance provider?
You should report your car accident to your auto insurance provider as soon as you reasonably can. If you wait too long, then your insurance provider might deny your claim and say that it was fabricated. Note that notifying your insurance provider is not necessarily the same as filing a claim, so you should not feel rushed to take legal action.
- Should I sign a settlement agreement if it seems fair?
No, you should not sign a settlement agreement without first letting a car accident attorney review it. You could be owed far more than what you are offered. Once you sign a settlement, your case is complete and you cannot demand more, so you only have one chance to settle. Make sure it is done correctly.
- Will I have to go to court for my car accident case?
Most people do not want to go to court for a car accident, and neither do auto insurance companies. For this reason, most viable car accident claims will settle before going deep into litigation.
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