Odds are that nearly everyone will be involved in a car accident at some point. In one recent year, there were 5,687,000 motor vehicle crashes in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In New York alone, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reported 304,804 traffic crashes that year.
Still, knowing that accidents happen cannot prepare you for the harsh reality of an injury crash and the resulting pain and chaos in your life. Worries and hardships arise immediately from an accident, and victims must then deal with ongoing concerns about medical and personal recovery.
Most traffic accidents are not caused intentionally, but they generally result from some form of driver negligence. When this occurs and someone is injured or killed, the driver who caused the accident has a responsibility to the people who suffered injuries because of his or her negligence.
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At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we address urgent issues, such as medical treatment, car repairs and dealing with insurance adjusters. Meanwhile, we act swiftly and diligently to ensure that you are fully compensated for your injuries and losses.
Personal injury, handled personally. Contact us today for a free consultation with proven injury attorneys. We handle car accidents on Long Island and across New York City.
Car Accident Lawyer on Long Island
With more than a century of combined experience, our lawyers have handled thousands of auto accident cases. We know what steps to take and what questions to ask to safeguard your rights and to build a case for maximum injury recovery.
Our lawyers have handled virtually every car accident scenario, including:
- Intersection and rear-end collisions: Rear-end collisions account for almost one-third of all crashes in the U.S. and 11.8 percent of all fatal multi-vehicle accidents. Many of these accidents occur at intersections with traffic lights.
- Highway and freeway accidents: Highways and freeways have higher posted speed limits, and vehicles travel at higher speeds. The impact of high-speed collisions can cause serious personal injuries to motorists.
- Multiple-vehicle accidents: Also called “pileups” or “chain-reaction accidents,” crashes that involve multiple vehicles can cause devastating injuries. They are also very complex due to the number of drivers – and insurance companies – involved.
- Truck accidents: A fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh 80,000 pounds or more. Passenger vehicles average around 4,000 pounds. In collisions involving passenger vehicles and large commercial trucks, passenger vehicle occupants are likely to suffer serious injuries.
- Victims of drunk drivers: The New York DMV reported 8,368 alcohol-related traffic crashes in one recent year. Of these drunk driving accidents, 358 were fatal and 4,248 resulted in injuries to vehicle occupants.
- Victims of distracted drivers: NHTSA reports that an estimated 421,000 people were injured in accidents involving distracted drivers in one recent year, and 3,328 were killed. Approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving at any given daylight moment in the U.S.
- Victims of drowsy drivers: According to conservative estimates from NHTSA, 100,000 traffic crashes are caused by drowsy driving every year in the U.S.
- Victims of aggressive drivers: NHTSA reports that a substantial number of the 6.8 million traffic accidents that occur in America every year are caused by aggressive driving. Aggressive driving is of particular concern in a high-traffic area like Long Island.
- Injured passengers: A passenger injured in a car accident generally has an easier case for recovering compensation because liability for the accident in not usually an issue. One or the other of the drivers will usually be liable for a passenger’s injuries in a two-car accident, and in a one-car accident, the driver is usually liable.
- Hit-and-run accidents: Per New York Code § 600, it is against the law to leave the scene of an accident without reporting it. Even if the hit-and-run driver is never found, it may still be possible to recover compensation from your own auto policy’s UM/UIM coverage.
- Dangerous roadways as a contributing factor: Dangerous roadways contribute to many accidents. Roads can be dangerous by way of faulty design, poor construction, defective maintenance, and road construction in progress, among other issues.
- Fatal car accidents: If you have lost a loved one in a car crash caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit to hold the responsible party accountable by pursuing compensation.
Our attorneys are highly knowledgeable about New York car insurance as it applies to your case, including no-fault claims, uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage and compensation for your car repairs or a totaled vehicle.
Fighting Insurers for Your Full Compensation
After a car accident, is important to preserve evidence and to contact a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer as soon as possible, particularly if you have been seriously injured. Photos of your injuries, the vehicles and the accident scene may make a significant difference in your case. Witness statements should be obtained while memories of the witnesses are fresh and untainted.
Our Long Island car accident attorneys will document your needs and losses, including medical bills, lost wages, property damage, disability or disfigurement, and pain and suffering. We are prepared to go to trial if necessary to get justice in your case.
Insurance companies employ adjusters who drive around Long Island. They show up at accident scenes and offer settlements on the spot to accident victims in an effort to save money. Your claim is almost certainly worth much more than an adjuster will offer you. Do not sign anything without first consulting with an attorney. You could be signing your rights away.
Contact the Long Island car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, now for a free case evaluation. If you are unable to come to us, we can come to you.