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Great Neck Car Accident Lawyers

Covering only about 1.4 square miles, the Village of Great Neck is home to roughly 10,000 people. This welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan is truly a haven… until a car accident turns your world upside down in an instant. Recovering your health, mobility and function are primary in the weeks and months after a crash, but wondering how you’ll pay for medical care and manage your household while you’re out of work and out of commission can be an unending source of stress and worry.

It shouldn’t have to be. The Great Neck car accident lawyers at Cohen & Jaffe are here for you with compassion, understanding, and the skills, knowledge, experience and resources to get you through this difficult time. Our job is helping Long Island residents get their life back after it’s been disrupted by a serious personal injury. If you’ve been hurt in a car accident on the Union Turnpike, Northern Boulevard (NY 25A) or elsewhere, our Great Neck car accident attorneys are here for you and will dedicate themselves to get you the care and compensation you need after being injured because of another driver’s negligence or distracted driving.

What if I was hit by a Great Neck government vehicle or city bus?

Access to locations throughout Queens and Nassau County is provided through ample city bus service. Public transit offers an economical method of traveling around town without the hassle of traffic and parking, but if you’re a driver sharing the road with these behemoths, getting struck by a bus on the MTA’s Q12 or Q46 lines can cause serious injuries, and getting hit by the Nassau Inter-County Express is anything but NICE. Not only do car accidents with city buses cause great damage and serious injury, but recovering compensation after one of these crashes can be even more difficult than if you were hit by a private vehicle.

For instance, if you are injured in a car accident in Great Neck, you typically have up to three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against the negligent driver. However, an accident involving a Great Neck city bus or another government vehicle must be handled much more quickly. In fact, you must notify the responsible agency within 90 days of the accident in order to preserve your rights to file a claim. Also, rather than the typical three-year statute of limitations period, you only have one year to file a lawsuit after the initial 90-day notice period has passed. Knowing how these strict timelines apply and where and how to file a proper notice are critical to protecting your rights when you have a claim against the Village of Great Neck, MTA or another New York governmental entity.

What if I was hit by an Uber driver or injured while riding in an Uber or Lyft?

Special insurance laws apply to New York car accidents involving Uber, Lyft or other ridesharing services. Under the law, an Uber driver’s insurance coverage may depend on the status of the driver at the time of the accident. For instance, if the driver is logged into the app and available to accept requests for transportation, the driver must have a policy covering at least $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident for personal injuries. If the driver had actually picked up a passenger when the crash occurred, the injured passenger would be covered by at least a $1,000,000 insurance policy. These are minimum requirements only, and the rideshare driver and/or the transportation network company could choose to carry or require more coverage.

Having large amounts of coverage available is comforting to know if you’ve been injured in a crash, but actually obtaining compensation can still be an uphill climb. In fact, having a large amount of exposure may make an insurance company fight even harder against a claim to avoid a large payout. They’ll do this by denying the fault of their insured, downplaying the serious nature of your injuries, or claiming that your own negligence played a part in causing the crash. At Cohen & Jaffe, our skilled Great Neck car accident lawyers take on the insurance companies through negotiations or litigation to prepare and present a solid case that proves your needs for full compensation.

Remember that unlike professional taxi cab drivers, drivers for rideshare companies may have little to no experience driving professionally or commercially. They may not have the knowledge of city streets and traffic patterns like professional cabbies, nor the driving skill that comes with years of experience behind the wheel for a ride hailing service. Add in the extra distraction of having to constantly interact with the phone app and on-screen navigation, and the potential for distracted driving car accidents goes up considerably. If you’ve been injured in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, either as a passenger in the Uber or as another driver, contact the skilled and experienced Great Neck car accident lawyers at Cohen & Jaffe for help.

Our Great Neck Car Accident Lawyers Have the Skill and Determination You Need

With over a century of combined experience and a record of securing millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for Long Island injury victims, you can rest assured that Cohen & Jaffe has the ability to help you secure compensation after a Great Neck car accident caused by a speeding, drunk, distracted or otherwise negligent driver. More than just capable litigators, you will find our attorneys to be caring and compassionate advocates who take the time to understand your unique needs, answer your questions and help you through the traumatic period of recovering from a serious car accident.

Great Neck Car Accident Lawyers Ready to Help You

Call Cohen & Jaffe at 866-878-6774 for a free consultation after a car accident in Great Neck. We’ll let you know how we can help you, and there’s no fee until after we recover compensation for you.

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