If you got hurt in a collision due to the negligence of another party, you might be eligible to collect monetary compensation for your losses. A Freeport car accident lawyer at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP could help you hold the negligent party accountable for your losses.
We handle personal injury cases, including car accidents, on a contingency-fee-basis. To get our help, you do not need to worry about hourly rates or retainers. We only request payment for our services at the conclusion of your case. We do not want you to worry about your finances while working with us.
Liability in a Freeport car Accident
You might think that only the other driver could be responsible for your collision. However, depending on the facts of your situation, there could be other parties liable for your losses.
- If you were a passenger in a vehicle, the driver of the car you were in could have acted negligently.
- The manufacturer of an auto part, like a tire or an airbag, could be responsible if a dangerous or defective product caused the crash.
- A car repair shop could be liable if its defective repair work caused the accident.
- A third party can be liable if they created a hazardous roadway condition (like an oil spill on the highway) that led to the collision.
These are but a few examples of parties who may share liability for your accident. Ultimately, the facts of your case will determine liability for your losses.
Establishing the Liability of the At-Fault Party
We cannot automatically sue the involved parties in your Freeport car accident. In most cases, we can only hold another party accountable for your damages if they acted negligently.
According to the American Bar Association (ABA), we must prove all four of these elements to hold someone accountable for your injuries:
- Duty of care. Your Freeport car accident lawyer must prove that the other party owed you a legal duty of care. Everyone who operates a motor vehicle on public streets has an obligation to drive safely and obey traffic laws.
- Breach of duty of care. When someone’s conduct does not measure up to the legal standard, they could be considered negligent. For instance, let’s say that a driver was speeding and lost control of their truck. In this situation, because the other driver was speeding, they breached their duty of care.
- Causation. Your lawyer must prove that the other party’s actions caused your accident. Going back to the previous scenario, perhaps after the driver lost control of their car, they hit you. You could use the police report, witness statements, and other pieces of evidence to prove that they caused the crash.
- Quantifiable losses. You must have financial damages to secure compensation from the negligent party. This could include your medical bills and associated expenses.
You do not have to learn the law to go after the compensation you deserve. A Freeport car accident lawyer at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP could advocate for your legal rights. They can negotiate with the liable insurance company or file a lawsuit on your behalf. You can call us today at (516) 358-6900 to find out how we can help you.
For a free legal consultation with a car accidents lawyer serving Freeport, call 516-358-6900
Considerations After a Freeport Car Accident
There are many considerations following a motor vehicle accident. We hope that you have already received medical attention for your injuries by the time that you read this information. If not, you should go to the emergency room, urgent care center, or doctor (whichever is appropriate) right away.
Your medical records will be used to demonstrate how severe your injuries are. Also, your medical records will link the accident to your injuries. Both are essential factors in your injury claim.
Following a car accident, you should consider:
Talking to a Personal Injury Lawyer
As soon as the other party’s insurance company finds out about the accident, they will assign a claims adjuster to the case. The claims adjuster will contact you and ask you for information. Although they might say that they need more information to process your claim, in reality, their inquiries may look for ways to pay you less money than you deserve.
For example, the adjuster might ask you to provide a recorded statement to “tell your side of the story.” A recorded statement only helps the at-fault party’s insurer, not you. The adjuster may ask you a list of questions and record your responses. They can then pick through the transcript and take your words out of context. The adjuster might even try to convince you that you caused the accident.
An attorney can protect you from aggressive tactics like these. When you get hurt in a car crash, the last thing you need is an uncooperative insurance company. By teaming up with the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, you get to focus your energy on getting better. We will take care of everything else.
Avoiding Social Media
Regardless of your privacy settings, the insurance company may try to view your social media pages to downplay the severity of your accident. If you have posted anything about the accident online, the insurance company can use your words against you.
Even a seemingly innocent post, like a photograph of you at a birthday party, can be used to question the validity of your injuries. It is best to stay off of social media until your injury claim is resolved.
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Getting Legal Help for Your Westbury Injury Case
A Freeport car accident lawyer can take on your case so that you can devote your attention to getting better. At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we work tirelessly to help people who get hurt because of the negligence of others. You can call us today at (516) 358-6900 for a free consultation.